Final Day

Stayed at the most fantastic B&B in Kinlochleven last night, the best one on the entire route. After a magnificent breakfast we set off in drizzle, but with the promise of better weather later. We were at sea level and were soon climbing, a steady slog up to 300m.

The views got better and better, the terrain wilder, and the clouds lighter. Blue sky was peeping through. 

We met up with other walkers who we had seen nearly every day. We all exchanged stories about the walk, accommodation and ailments! 

After a short lunch stop we came across all our new found friends and had a group photo! Hopefully they are now reading this! “Hi everyone! It was great to meet you all!”

It was a long slog down into Fort William, not helped by them moving the finish line by over a km further! 

We met our German friends at the finish line – he’s a photographer so took lots of photos of us. Sat in the cafe next to the finish writing this and our USA friends arrived.

It’s been a fantastic adventure, we loved every minute. Here’s to the next one!

   
    

   
  

    

Day 6 – Devils Staircase

Set off in drizzle, which wasn’t going to stop all day. A zig zag path took us to the top of Devils Staircase – the highest point of the Way at 550m. The wind was gale force and the drizzle had turned to sleet. By now we were at the snow line so we stopped at the top to make a snowman. 

From there it was a steady 5 miles down to our B&B at Kinlochleven, sea level. We were fortunate that the cloud base was high enough not to obscure the views, which would have been fantastic on a better day. 

It was a short day today, a welcome relief after yesterday’s long slog. We arrived in Kinlochleven before 1pm, so dried out in the local hostelry until our B&B opened. We even saw our luggage transfer company – AMS, who have done a great job lugging our bags from place to place. 

It was hard to leave this cosy place this morning:

 
   

  

  

  

  

Evening meal at Alt na Leven B&B! 

 

Day 5 – 19.5 miles to Kingshouse.

Wow! What a day! Set off at 8.30 after a fantastic breakfast. Pretty easy walking along good tracks. We thought the scenery was great, until we reached Bridge of Orchy, then it just got better and better. There was a convenient hotel at the half way point, which we put to good use. After a much needed sandwich and cuppa we set off on the next leg – 9 miles across the open and exposed Rannoch Moor. Stunning in good weather but hostile and bleak in the rain. The rain started! Fortunately it stopped very quickly and the whole walk was a mixture of gasps and wows as we progressed. It was truly bleak, but what views. A fantastic place and we are so grateful that the weather behaved so we could enjoy it. 

Kingshouse Hotel was a welcome sight  after 8 hours on our feet, and guess what? Our room has a bath! Bliss! 

Sorry, no piccies – wifi is naff! Check back tomorrow!

   
      

Day 4 – to Tyndrum

After a very comfortable night at Beinglas campsite, we woke to a heavy frost. After yesterday’s tough walk we were looking forward to an easier route along forest tracks. The terrain was much easier going today, and the views were just as good. We crossed the busy A82 several times, before heading through quiet forests with pine needles underfoot. The views just got better and we had numerous photo stops. No hotels for coffee stops today, just a pretty little stream for a lunch stop.

We’re at Glengarry B&B tonight – sitting in the conservatory eating flapjack and having a much needed cuppa. Tomorrow is the long hard slog across Rannoch Moor…