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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 Way instead…

Today is a sweet 16 mile, along the beautiful shores of Loch Lomond. A reasonably easy but slightly tedious in places due to the ups and downs on boulders. Apparently this is the hardest section of the trail… really? I ask myself. Either way as each day passing , more fulfilment, joy and perfection of this art are aquired. The key is what I saw printed on a board. ‘ keep calm and carry on walking’ ‘ Each soul I pass, encouragement is given to firstly accept and than really enjoy the ups and downs. Otherwise, whats the point of this all ? To prove a point ? To make a statement ? Or just to live, and today is one of those days I sit in my tent, kiss my feet and realise that I have never been so grateful to step foot on this earth. Sitting here away from all, but at the same time with everything.

I was supposed to right about my walk today, but the words above speaks more, and with the pictures below you may sense what is inspiring me. God bless

sdr

sdr

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.

Loch Lomond from Conic Hill
Loch Lomond from Conic Hill

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 extortionate village shop. We pass through quickly and walk the beautiful shores of Loch Lomond all day..

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sdr

We eventually reach a simple campsite in Sallochy where we pitch up. Until now, Ive been under the impression the whole midgie thing is just the Scottish exaggerating, but no, it is a problem. A big problem, lol..

Chilling in Sallochy
Chilling in Sallochy