North America, Europe · 12 Days · 36 Moments · April 2018

We’re Walking Scotland

17 April 2018

Day one Great Glen Way started with rain - so we waited it out in Fort William at the Highlands museum and the Anglican Church yard - and then the sun came!!!

16 April 2018

Not that we’re always in pubs - but that’s where you get the WhW “passport” signed and the bonus certificate of completion
Checking out our start point in the morning - at the old ruins of The Fort for which Fort William is named. And then dinner at The Great Glen restaurant way down at the other end of high street by the end of WHW. Schemes to get people to walk through the town we think.
Our day off from walking - we did the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mailag and back (otherwise known as the Harry Potter Train because it goes over the Glenfinnan viaduct made iconic from the movies) we also got to see some of the beginning portions of The Great Glen Way walk that we start tomorrow.

15 April 2018

Celebratory dinner of Langoustines with Laura and Dave - peeps we met at our Guest House in Ballachulish
Yep. We made it to the end. Comedy of errors to explain later with various pics. But it was a good day.
Day Eight - last section of last stage of WHW
Kinlochleven to Fort William. The end of the WHW
Last morning of WHW in Kinlochleven

14 April 2018

Lila here: my day was a sweet walk into Glencoe village for some history of the MacDonald massacre (think Red Wedding in Game of Thrones) and then a quick bus into Kinlochleven. Bruce was right at the corner having a beer when I got off the bus. (His pictures today are amazing)
Day seven walk up devils staircase on way to Kinlochleven.

13 April 2018

Wonderful ride through Glencoe to our guest house in Ballachulish (known for its slate - they roofed the world). Dinner tonight was yummy and an opportunity to make some decisions. The elevation profile pic shows the steep climbs coming up tomorrow called “the Devil’s Staircase” that Bruce will do on his own. Lila will walk alternative trails near the river Coe and get a bus to meet up in Kinlochleven.
Walking through Rannoch moor
Day Six of walking. Eleven miles from Bridge of Orchy to the Glencoe Mountain Resort where we were met by Jamie the taxi driver to take us to our B&B in Ballachulish in Glencoe (because the traditional Kingshouse Inn is under major years-long “ruinovation” per Jamie). Nice windy gentle climb up old track roads built in late 18th century through Rannoch Moor. Great day. Saw Grouse and many potential werewolf hiding spots.

12 April 2018

Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy was a breakfast to lunch walk of only 7 miles along old track and we are fully into the highlands now. Snowy mountain peaks all around.

11 April 2018

We both needed salad tonight. Ya kin. And lovely dinner at the Tyndrum Inn. Only a ten minute WALK from our B&B. But lovely. My stomach is much better today. Stopped some of the new meds just in case.
Great day back on the trail - Inverarnan to Tyndrum (12 miles and about 1275 feet climb. Luckily I travel with the sweetest man on earth.
A very entertaining thirty minutes - for the cows. Something of a sh!tshow really.

10 April 2018

Bruce made it in record time (6 1/2 hours).
Lila: Short day. Made it okay but still feeling tingly and dizzy. Spending the rest of the day at the Drovers Inn and needed to purchase something for my sit. Can’t eat so it’s Guinness for strength. Life is so hard. Bruce is out there working the trail.
Plans change. We separated ways for the day. Bruce is on the trail (likely coming across several groups of walkers we’ve met already) for the toughest highest climbs along Ben Lomond. Lila as you see here took a ferry across the loch, coffee and cake wait for a taxi to Inveraran.

9 April 2018

Toughest most beautiful day of my life.

8 April 2018

Dinner and drinks at the Clachan (it’s old).
Awaiting my turn in the shower at the Braeside B&B in Drymen. Our first day (of 13 miles) was routine, pretty, mucky, expansive and tough in turns but all magical. More pictures to come after I warm up.
Lunch at The BeechTree and trudging up and up through Garrick to Drymen
Day 1 start in Milngavie
Breakfast is Nervous-excited (is there a word for that?)

7 April 2018

Glasgow university. Lovely. Bruce has the great shots
Showered, packed and ready for a good night’s sleep. The Way walk starts tomorrow.
Today was a train into Glasgow and a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus around the city. Stopped at the 13th century cathedral and the 15th century University of Glasgow.

6 April 2018

First night in Milngavie (pronounced Mullguy - no v). We found dinner, the Way start, and a good pub full of characters.

5 April 2018

We’re beaming - so excited to be headed to Atlanta then Amsterdam then Glasgow!!