Day 3) Ardess to Inverarnan, West Highland Way« Previous post in category · Next post in category »
Friday 2nd September – 13.5 miles/21 kilometres
We managed to leave our campsite by 10:40 today, a decent improvement on the day before, but pretty lax by many campers standards! Again, our camp breaking was organised and efficient. Jo on washing and breakfast, Alan on journal, both on tent and inner. We depart and walk along the forest track for short while, but here the WHW splits and there is an opportunity for a tougher shore scramble, which we enthusiastically take! This path is much more fun, with lots of up and down, tree roots, trees, and boulders over 3 miles. Of course, this took much longer than broad, flat forest track, and had us pretty tired by the end. We stop and sit on large rock slabs sloping down into Loch Lomond. We both agree that this kind of path is actually preferable (from a fun perspective) to easily-navigable tracks, but if it was all like this we’d have to have replanned the trip! We rejoin the regular track and pass Rowchoish bothy nestled in the forest. We pass several beautiful Loch-side campsites, sadly two with prodigious quantities of litter polluting them – far too much for us to consider cleaning them up en-route. Nevertheless, we continue to pick up litter from the path until our litter bag is full.
We stop at a picturesque waterfall in Inversnaid for lunch and Jo gets a foot massage for very sore feet – which worked! We stuff ourselves, something which later caused an energy lull. However, later on we re-discover the energy liberating properties of water and begin drinking loads, which gives us good energy bursts, particularly to Jo at the day end, and we made superb pace. At one point, we leave the Way and clamber up the massive rocks by the shore to “Rob Roy’s cave”, the refuge of an eighteenth century outlaw, and peer down into its depths. We wouldn’t say this is a site of particular interest or visual appeal though, and the word “CAVE” has been scrawled in large ugly white letters on the rock beside it – who on earth felt it necessary to do that?!
Today was the day of Loch Lomond shoreline, with most of the trek right beside the shore, making for an interesting and terrain-diverse walk. It’s a busy commercial campsite this evening at Beinglas, with mild to moderate midges and full facilities including hot showers. Jo can’t figure out the shower though, and has to make do with luke warm! We glimpse the group seen on the first day who sprayed us with skin softener. We are looking forward to increasing wilderness and mountainous terrain in coming days. Dinner was very good again. Spaghetti (the last of), with tomato soup, sausage, margarine, cashew nuts, and apricots – absolutely scoffed down. We have a good night’s sleep and our travel pains are good by morning. Alan’s mostly subside on the morning walk to the toilet block and Jo claims to be pain free!« Previous post in category · Next post in category »