West Highland Way – Day Six

Kings house to Kinlochleven – 14km

After taking taxis back to Kings House the trail heads through Glencoe toward the Devil’s Staircase.  Rain and wind made this section a little bit unpleasant but the views more than made up for it.  It was at this point that one of the runners of the West Highland Way race passed the group.  I think that it must have been the eventual winner who smashed the record in finishing with a total time of 13 hours 41 min.  What a staggering thing to think, that what took me seven days was done in just under 14 hours.

From the top of the Devil’s Staircase the trail very slowly descends through valleys with amazing views towards Kinlochleven.  Lunch was spent huddling against the side of a hill  while the rain came down and the wind blew.  Once down in Kinlochleven (which has a brewery in the middle of town as well as an indoor ice climbing wall) lodgings and dinner were at the MacDonald Hotel.

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West Highland Way – Day Five

Tyndrum to Kings house – 32km

Heading out of Tydrum the trail climbs up until you reach the top of a pass and the views start really opening up.  Passing over the Bridge of Orchy you head up through a pine forest until it opens up again and you can see down to Loch Tulla and the Iveroran Hotel.  Stopping at the hotel for lunch, tea and lemon cakes was a great way to break up a very long day.

After lunch the trail heads up and into Rannoch Moor, one of the most beautiful wide open landscapes I’ve ever seen.  Every direction you looked had vista’s that were simply jaw dropping.  At the other side of Rannoch Moor the trail makes it’s way to Glencoe and Kings House.

Kings House is currently being renovated so from here taxi’s were taken to the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe.  

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