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Ashley Heeley's West Highland Way Diary
Day 3

Day 3 - Balamaha to Inversiad - 14 miles - Loch Lomond and bluebells

The pub was very nice to stay in. The rooms were good and the food also good. The breakfast was poor though. It took ages to come and the poached egg was over done. The sausage was of the industrial variety and you had to do your own toast. Only a 5. The good news is that the snoring was a 5 and we can thank the wonderful Morag for that as I had left the snoreeze in my room but she put it in an envelope and sent it with the bag carrier. A great landlady.

After the whiskey sampling last night, it was hard to get up this morning. There is a group we keep running into who have an oldish guy who is very rosie cheeked and last night was singing and playing his guitar in his kilt. Very entertaining although he was singing anti English songs like we're bothered. I resisted the opportunity to shout Culloden. We always see this group either in pubs or outside them. They obviously aim to enjoy themselves on the walk.

Anyway, the walk was really nice today. The weather was superb and all the tops of the mountains could be seen. Bruce and Hilary set off before us as we (or Dale) was still faffing around. We eventually met up with Karen, Mike and Matt and set off. Today was basically following Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomand from outside Blamaha
Loch Lomand from outside Blamaha

We saw team paraffin where they camped and they obviously had a tough day yesterday. They decided to get their stuff transferred with a bag carrier which seemed very sensible. Also Chistophe had his boots on which again seemed sensible as he spent the previous day carrying his boots and wearing his trainers, which seemed very silly.

Matt had to help me fix the camera but thankfully he did, as the views were fantastic. We took it easy to Rowardennan and that's where team beer split off as Karen and the gang were going to climb Ben Lomond while we moved on to Inversnaid. We also caught up with team taxi (Bruce and Hilary who is competition for mountain man Matt). They decided to take the hard low route (for the adventurous according to the book) while Dale and myself chose the easier high route. This was very undulating but we beat team taxi to the digs so it shows what a hard route that was.

One thing I havenít mentioned so far is the flora and fauna. All the way over the last 2 days we have seen loads of bluebells. Today some of the hillside has been covered. A beautiful site. One of the many good things about walking, with Matt is his knowledge of ornithology. We have seen oystercatchers, nuthatches, buzzards and maybe the osprey. We've also seen 2 shrews, 2 hairy caterpillars, loads of beetles, ducks and baby ducks and of course the dreaded midge. We smell of sweat and mosiguard. Attractive eh!

Anyway, the B and B is brilliant. Our room has superb views over the loch and the dinner was great. Their own reared beef! Also sampled another whiskey.

One disappointing thing is no porridge for breakfast. 2 days and no porridge offered. It doesn't seem right in Scotland but here's hoping for tomorrow.

Off to bed now. Long day tomorrow. A hard 20 miles and the legs are tired. Will update tomorrow.
 

Photos from Day 3

Bluebells & Loch Lomond (can it get better than this?)
Bluebells & Loch Lomond (can it get better than this?)

Highland coo (Horns Down)
Highland Cattle (Horns down)

Highland Cattle (Horns Up)
Highland Cattle (Horns Up)

Mum and baby
Mum and baby

Loch Lomand (trying to be arty!!!)
Loch Lomand (trying to be arty!!!)

Team beer marching on with Ben Lomand looming above
Team beer marching on with Ben Lomand looming above

Dale (and Karen) with Ben Lomond behind
Dale (and Karen) with Ben Lomond behind

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond

The monument near Rowardennan
The monument near Rowardennan

Refreshing mountain stream
Refreshing mountain stream

A hillside filled with bluebells
A hillside filled with bluebells

Dale with the bluebells
Dale with the bluebells

Me with the bluebells
Me with the bluebells

WHW Signpost
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