Due to the Nevis Range being in the way the way back to Glasgow, by train, from Fort William requires us to go north to Spean Bridge and Tulloch first – a big detour. Hopefully the rain will clear from the windows so we can see the views.
in the station
More wet blurry photos to come!
the stations are quite high on this line
lunch – venison pie and tea
the West Highland Way from the moving train – near Tyndrum
We are now in a coffee bar, in Glasgow. Richard is hallucinating that the waitress looks like “Penny”. Time to go home.
The day started with what is probably the best breakfast of the trip, it included fresh bled scones, smoked salmon and a large selection of berries and fresh fruit. Richard’s West Highland breakfast could barely fit on the plate.
Having dropped down into Kinlochleven yesterday we had to climb back out this morning through the forest to the old military road.
We were slower today than we had planned – so we got to Fort William too late to pass the “official finish line” and take photos. So we will finish this walk tomorrow.
Twenty-one miles today – Rannock Moor and Glen Coe. The weather forecast is fair for the day so I have unloaded the gaiters and over trousers.
I got to the B&B in Kinlochleven at 5pm which meant eight hours and twenty minutes on the track. I had a couple of ten minute breaks and tea on the summit above the Devil’s Staircase. The drop down from there to Kinlochleven was very steep and longer than I expected.
above – Rannoch Moor
above – Glen Coe
above – Glen Coe
And when I finally sat down with a mug of tea at the B&B, “The Big Bang Theory” was on the TV
It is now about 3.30pm and we are about four miles away from Crainlarich on the old military road – and the path is such that I can write this whilst walking.
The first five miles of the day were some of the most difficult we will have to walk this week. A narrow fractured, undulating path, where you had to watch where you walked. It took us over three hours to cover five miles. It was similar terrain for the end of yesterday and that too slowed down our progress. This afternoon once we reached the military road our pace picked up.
We had some great views this morning over the loch and even found somewhere to get coffee, Beinglas Farm.
Another thing we saw (and smelt) were goats along the side of the loch, and you really could smell them before you saw them!
The rucksack is heavier today, as we are carrying our overnight stuff, food and equipment we need for tomorrow, because we are not having our case transported today (it costs too much to ship it to Inversnaid). It was because this extra load that, at the last minute, I decided to bring and use my Golite Jam backpack. The Jam has a very good compression system so it makes a very comfortable daypack for the other days. The large external pocket is particularly useful for my waterproofs, sitmat and gortex gaiters.
To start the walking day we have a taxi ride to Sallochy Bay, where we finished yesterday – I know exactly which rock I was sitting on when the taxi came and that is my starting point for the day.
No 3G signal today so the post is being made from the Inversnaid Bunkhouse, where we ar staying tonight. It is a converted church. The room is OK, but we have not yet found a kettle so it looks like if we want a cup of tea we have to buy it – we will ask later.
The walk today was great – we followed the banks of Loch Lomond all day, so it was an easy 10 mile jaunt, the long days start tomorrow. There was plenty of sun today and some great looming clouds and mists.
Tomorrow we needed an early start but breakfast does not start until 8am but we will have to manage.
We are having our evening meal at The Clachan Inn, Drymen – Richard reliably informs me is the old licensed public house in Scotland.
The food was excellent – I had Chef’s special lamb burger followed by hot chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. Having to return to Drymem because we could not get accommodation further down the walk has worked out for the best.
a large amount of accommodation covering all price brackets – but I think you should book with Carol at Elmbank
lots of places to eat
a Spar store with long opening hours – being a village store it is small but stocked with all sorts of things – Richard bought some glue there
the taxi firm in the village will run you around – it cost us £15 to get back this evening – and they have taken a booking for tomorrow to take us back
So my suggestion is forget Rowardennan and stay two nights in Drymen at Elmbank.