West Highland Way 2012

I only managed the last 70 miles, but have pictures from Kathleen and John to give you the full picture.


The beginning of an adventure

First (?) traditional stop for a dram

End of day one, boots off and relax

Start of day two, as Elaine joins the merry troop

Loch Lomond approaching

And here is the much revered Conic Hill

Descent from Conic Hill

End of day two - Rowardennan

Day three team bolstered by Duncan, James and Heather

Nice morning for a stroll up the Loch

Another rest!

Slightly blue picture from Heather

Inversnaid, looking across to Beinn Narnain on the left and Ben Vane in the middle

And who is that interloper?  I finally caught up with the team at Inversnaid.

Off we go

No idea who that bloke in red is, but it adds some colour!

Rob Roy was not at home

Another traditional spot for a dram

Doune Byre bothy

Final view down Loch Lomond

Vantage point for the photos

And a look ahead, I think.

Duncan, kindly carrying my bag.  It was heavy!

The three girls walking to raise money for the Beatson - you should
see there footwear (pictured later).  Raised over 14k.

Arrived at Beinglas/Inverarnan

Luxury indeed

Dinner at the Drovers

This is the man who donated the crocodile - apparently up for the walk next year.

Another day, on the way to Crianlarich or Bridge of Orchy?

Definitely en route for Bridge of Orchy, I think

Bridge over the Orchy

From near the top of Mam Carraigh looking back towards where we started today

Another hill climbed.  All downhill until lunch now

Loch Tulla

I can see the pub from here - Inveroran Hotel

After lunch, time to head over the Black Mount

Looking East over Loch Tulla, to Beinn a'Chreachain on the far left, then round to Beinn Achaladair, Beinn an Dothaidh in the middle, Beinn Dorain, then Beinn Odhar not in the clouds, and the
 low point is the glen we came up out of Tyndrum this morning.  And only about ten miles to go.

A wider vista, with Rannoch Moor before us, and the same hills as above on the right

I took a detour up under the chairlift, and this looks to Kingshouse Hotel on the left, and much the same as above to the right

The standard route, with Buachaille Etive Mor on the left.  This hill appears in a few more pics!

Arrived.  Venison for dinner?

Well deserved refreshment

Met up with the charity girls again at Kingshouse...

... and here are the famous walking flip flops - sparkly too!

First and only time I had all my waterproof gear on

Farewell Kingshouse

Glen Coe, in all its glory

That mountain again

Starting up the Devil's Staircase

Looking back up Glen Coe from part way up the staircase

Great path though
The top, time for a dram (of course).  Looking to the Mamores (Stob Ban on the left, then Am Bodach, An Garbhanach, Na Gruagaichean and Sgurr Eile Mor to name a few, and off on the right Stob a' Choire Easain

And back to Buachaille Etive Mor

Then I left the group and headed up that hill behind, for a different view.

And here is a bit of it, Bidean nam Bain, Argyll's highest mountain

Glen Coe and Buachaille Etive Mor from part way up Stob Mhic Mhartuin

The top of Glen Coe on the left, with Bidean nam Bain on the right 

And from the top, looking toward the Mamores, and down towards Kinlochleven

View back down to the top of the Devils Staircase, with Blackwater Reservoir behind

Glorious.  Bidean nam Bain on the other side of Glen Coe on the left, my last top for the day in the middle, and on the right the Aonach Eagach ridge, which these boys were off to tackle.

Heading up towards Sron Gharb, looking back down towards the top of the Devils Staircase, with upper Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor laid out below.  To the right is Buachaille Etive Mor,
and Buachaille Etive Beag

The proper route from Devils Staircase is down this path

River Leven

Loch Leven

A pointer for tomorrow

But first, beer!

More beer and whisky, and another traveller joins us.


We ate as well as drank.

And on the final day off we go, up and out of Kinlochleven

I took a detour up Beinn na Callich, the hill on the right here.

Kinlochleven from the top of Beinn na Callich

A desolate view

Weegies get everywhere!

and the top of Mam na Gualainn, which I also did.  Note the snow falling.

Looking back to Beinn na Callich

Now I need to get down and back on the track.  Loch Leven on the left, I need to go right.

Looking down to the path I should be on, everyone else by now well on the way

Similar picture from lower down - ruin pictured earlier is up on the right somewhere, and Fort William way off on the left hand side

And from the path, looking back at the hill I have just done.  Time to get a move on now.

Dismal day for walking

All downhill from here on in


Well deserved.  Some of these people have just walked 96 miles

Only one of these guys! 

And a final reminder of what a great walk it was.  

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