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Ashley Heeley's West Highland Way Diary
Day 5

Day 5 - Tyndrum to Kingshouse - 19 miles - The biggest uninhabited wasteland in Britain

Well today was not as bad as we feared. Yesterday was tougher than we thought especially at the end of Loch Lomond. Also we were never far from the A8 and railway so the noise was always there. We are still debating whether we saw the osprey yesterday. Where's Matt when you need him.

Anyway, the good news is the snoring score was down to a 3. The best yet. Yay. The bad news is that the breakfast was awful. Not only didn't they have any porridge but also the rest was terrible. The bacon was anaemic and the rest industrial catering. Ugh. A 3. The overpriced packed lunch was actually pretty good so some redeeming factors.

Highland cattle
Highland cattle

As it was a long day we met up with Bruce and Hilary (team taxi) at about 8.45 and set off. The weather was poor, fine rain and low cloud but it could have been worse. If you watch the weather forecast, that bit of blue just north of Glasgow is over us. One consequence of all the rain is that we come across waterfalls big and small on a regular basis. All the watercourses are very full so some are pretty spectacular.

We followed an old military road until the Bridge of Orchy where Dale decided he had to change his top as the damp was getting to his pneumonia ravaged chest (see the C2C blog). He ushered us away for a bit of privacy only for a train to pull in and Dale exposed his torso to those getting off. That kept us amused for a while.

The route took us over the top to Inverney, which afforded some lovely views. After Inverney we followed Telford's road, which was built in 1908 and was the main road until 1933. This meant easy going and small gradients. Also we left the road and railway behind and the scenery was becoming bleaker and more mountainous. We reached 1450 feet and had great views of Rannoch Moor at 50 sq miles the largest bit of uninhabited land in Britain. The last bit saw us see Glen Coe and although the cloud was down it was very impressive.

The Kingshouse where we are staying is fantastic. It has a cosy bar, the food was ok but the best bit was that, as we were getting ready, when we looked out of the window we saw 6 deer grazing just in the car park. Amazing. Unfortunately I then had venison sausages. Sorry.

Disappointed that Liverpool lost. They gave everything but it was not to be. There was some Scots supporting Milan just because Liverpool are an English team. Talk about chips on shoulders. Still there you go.

A short day tomorrow but one with a climb out of Glen Coe up the devils staircase. We will be reunited with the rest of team beer tomorrow so that should be fun. Iíve missed them the last 2 days.
 

Photos from Day 5

Awwww Highland calf
Awwww Highland calf

Proud Dad
Proud Dad

Dale and me at top of climb out of Bridge of Orchy. Loch Tulla in background
Dale and me at top of climb out of Bridge of Orchy. Loch Tulla in background

Inveranan Hotel - Buttie time
Inveranan Hotel - Buttie time

Buachaille Etive Mor in cloud
Buachaille Etive Mor in cloud

Hilary dances with sticks!! Glencoe ski lift in the background
Hilary dances with sticks!! Glencoe ski lift in the background

Glen Coe
Glen Coe

Deer outside Kingshouse bedroom window
Deer outside Kingshouse bedroom window

 

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