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Ashley Heeley's West Highland Way Diary
Day 4

Day 4 - Inversnaid-Tyndrum. 19 miles. Farewell Loch Lomond hello highlands. My legs hurt!!

The B and B yesterday was superb. Great location (apart from the hill we had to climb to get to it). Best of the trip so far. The breakfast was great a 9. Only 1 problem, NO PORRIDGE. I'm amazed really and don't understand. Ah well. The snoring was again a 5 so good eh.

Today was a hard day. 19 miles and the first part until the end of Loch Lomond was really hard. Lots of ups and downs and it took a lot out of the legs. The views as we climbed were fantastic although we will miss the Bluebells and the Loch.

Northern end of Loch Lomond
Northern end of Loch Lomond

Now as you know team beer split with me and Dale joining team taxi. Team beer will meet up again on Thursday night. Today we start to get into the Highlands and the scenery is getting more spectacular.

One inspiring thing yesterday was when we met a lone lady walker going the opposite direction. We started chatting and she explained that she had just retired and had decided to try and walk from John O'Groats to Lands End. Good luck to her and I hope she does it. Her husband was supporting in the car and would pick her up in Rowardennan. I can just imagine him in the pub while she was walking. Anyway she has our support.

Back to today and we were all very tired by the time we arrived. My legs were hurting and the only consolation was that Hilary was also saying her legs hurt. The hotel here is a bit chainy. We had a carvery for tea which was OK but uninspiring. Not only that Hilary says that in their B & B they will not only have porridge but also have fresh river trout. I doubt we will have that but will have industrial sausages. Not only that but the pack lunch will be 6.95. Quite outrageous.

Tomorrow will be another tough day. The weather today was kind to us but I fear tomorrow will be a bit wet. Still we are over half way now and we are starting to talk about next year. I'll send tomorrow if I can muster the energy.
 

Photos from Day 4

Northern end of Loch Lomond
Northern end of Loch Lomond


Northern end of Loch Lomond

Ardlui after climbing up at end of Loch Lomond
Ardlui after climbing up at end of Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond

The half way point from Milngavie
The half way point from Milngavie

River near Tyndrum
River near Tyndrum

 

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