Day 26 – Laggan to Inver Coille

Day 26 – Laggan to Inver Coille

How do you peel an onion ? 1 layer at a time. How do you eat an apple Adam asks. I bite at a time ofcourse. No, adam responds ‘ with your mouth ‘… we both chuckle & we’ve both found humour to be a great ally on this journey, more so because we are having to put up with each other waffling crap all day to one another. Strength & hope are 2 things which have been circling my…

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Day 25 – Fort William to Laggan

Day 25 – Fort William to Laggan

Always hard to get up after a day of rest but we manage roll out of our tents, whack on the gas burner & gobble down a healthy portion of porridge. We depart the campsite passing the grand nevis on the right. In Fort William we start the great glen way towards Inverness.. Eventually we gain some heights passing through the beautiful forested shores of Loch Lochy As we continue along this Loch and back on the Caledonian canal after…

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Day 23 & 24 – Kinlochleven to Fort William

Day 23 & 24 – Kinlochleven to Fort William

Incase you haven’t notice, it is a real pleasure to be walking the world famous West Highland Way, which before this walk I never really heard of. Today is the last day on the trail & as much as I have enjoyed it I look forward to leaving the tourists behind, and carry on the adventure on less visited trails. The weather is moody & cloud mists past the tops of the munros. On exit of Kinlochleven, the guidebook said…

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Day 22 – Bridge of Orchey to Kinlochleven

Day 22 – Bridge of Orchey to Kinlochleven

We awake in the early morning forest with the suns rays cutting through the Scots pine. Yes, its one of those days & its clearly ‘the strech’ of the walk to walk if one were to pick. The highlands really say hello today. The whole journey so far comes flooding in my vision & a conversation I had with Adam near to the Scottish borders is recalled. It goes like this .. Adam – ‘You know, sometimes I really feel…

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Day 21 – Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy

Day 21 – Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy

Oats has become a staple food. Porridge in the morning, oatcakes and cheese for lunch, followed by a flapjack… basically, oats are good. So good most if today going downhill we start jogging. Our toes numb, and im told later this is what happens to runners running down hills! Today continues past the midgie infested Loch Lomond. The walk is pretty trechourous and slightly technical going up around and over boulders. Most walkers complain, but I find today enjoyable. The…

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Day 20 – Sallochy to Inverarnan

Day 20 – Sallochy to Inverarnan

The birds tweet as I write this evening, gazing into the remote highlands. Skys have turned blue from a day of threating rain, and most importantly midgies are no where to be seen. A deep breath in and long sigh out… life is good. Like anything, walking is an art, a vast amount of people we bump into on the West Highland Way seem to be in some sort of state if shock. If only they walked the purgatorious Pennine…

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Day 19 – Drymen to Sallochy

Day 19 – Drymen to Sallochy

A wholesome interesting relatively short day. Weather is dreary and we are stuck in the clouds by the time we reach conic hill but Loch Lomond is seen for the first time through the mist. The clouds start to lift as the sun rises and the route is packed full of walkers. Conic Hill looks higher than it actually is & we scale around the side before the descent into busy Balmaha. Coach loads are here spending money in the…

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Day 18 – Croy Hill to Drymen

Day 18 – Croy Hill to Drymen

Limits. What are they? What’s there purpose ? Barriers of the mind… Todays a turning point & from today we leave behind canal walking for the West Highland Way. We walk the canal for several miles where it turns in a disused railway line. Walking through several picturesque villages & admiring the change scenery. The Campsie Fells domi ates the north. We eventually hit the West Highland Way.. The West Highland way takes us into the lovely town of Drymen….

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Day 17 – Linlithgow to Croy hill

Day 17 – Linlithgow to Croy hill

Now following yesterdays blinding canal walk, we ramp up for the same again. But soon start to realise, theres only so much straight line walking with no gradients one can take. Especially as underfoot is mainly concrete. However we are overwhelmed by the musky aroma of fresh Yarrow growing along these canal banks… We are mildly impressed by the Falkirk wheel (featured pic), and before reaching we take a quick walk into Falkirk for some quick supplies which takes longer…

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Day 16 – Edinburgh to Linlithgow

Day 16 – Edinburgh to Linlithgow

Tranquillity…. Is a word I don’t use much. These days I barely read so my vocab isn’t to vast, but after today tranquillity is certainly a word I will be welcoming back into my life. The walk today left Edinburgh Haymarket around 9am after a sharp cup of tea. We took the opportunity to walk around the city early morning to see it without the hustle and bustle. This old city shines in the light rain on this quiet Sunday morning….

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