Day 3 – To Beinglass

Beautiful sunny morning, clear blue skies, sun glinting on the snow covered mountains. We’ve seen deer and wild mountain goats. Lunchtime coffee stop at a conveniently placed hotel. The scenery is simply stunning! 

   

  What a long tough day. The track alongside the loch was hard going, clambering over rocks and tree stumps for mile after mile after mile. Certainly took it’s toll on our knees! The rain that was forecast held off, and waterproofs were packed away. The B&B cabins at Beinglas campsite were a welcome sight, and very nice too!
Apparently today was the toughest – we’ll let you know if we agree after a 19 mile trek on Saturday!

Day 2 Drymen to Rowardennan

A drizzly start, after a fantastic breakfast of scrambled egg wrapped in lashings of smoked salmon. Rounded a corner and got our first glimpse of Loch Lomond, that will be our companion for the next two days. Took the hard route up Conic hill to be rewarded by the rain stopping and amazing views of the loch. Coffee stop  at the pub at the bottom.

The remaining 7 miles were along loch side paths, up, down, round, up again. The weather improved and waterproofs came off. Today’s reward is a swish hotel room with views of evening sun on the loch and snowy hills.        

   
      View from our room! Reckon I might stay here for the rest of the week and just lap up that view!

    

On Our Way!

9am, the sun’s coming out, and we’re on our way! 

 

So that’s day one under the belt. A relatively easy day’s walk, arrived really early so killing time in the local pub! A real mish mash of weather, warm sun then a short down pour. Oh, there were a couple of diversions – the second looked very interesting…
   

 

  

  

En Route

Stopped at Penrith for a quick coffee. BBC radio Scotand has just announced that the snow gates are now open! Not sure if we are relieved or not! Now we’re playing the game of first one to spot a car with skis on the roof. Maybe we should have packed those crampons…

Lovely B&B, lovely view of tomorrow’s hills! 

 

West Highland way

Final training walk along the Pocklington Canal completed – thanks to Maureen and Martin for the C,C&C! (Company, coffee and cake!)

Let the packing commence, for tomorrow we set off for Scotland. Sadly the sun has gone South, to be replaced by rain and snow. On the plus side, the midges don’t like wet and cold!