West Highland Way – Day Seven

Kinlochleven to fort william – 24km

A long climb out of Kinlochleven in the rain led to a long beautiful valley where the wind was howling and the rain was coming down sideways.  Many parts of the trail were either washed out or had streams running down the middle of the trail.

Eventually the rain let up and the sun came out as the trail led through a number of logging camps (yes, Scotland does seem to be trying to get rid of the few trees they have left).  This section was a bit grim and messy with muddy sections left from the logging machinery.  Eventually the trail made it past the logging and the first views of Ben Nevis were seen.  Unfortunately the entire top of the mountain was covered in cloud.

Once down at the bottom of the trail in Glen Nevis the rest of the way to Fort William was along a paved road which was really tough on the feet after being on soft trails for the past few days.  There are now two ends to the West Highland Way, one at the entrance to Fort William, and the new one which is conveniently placed in the middle of town through a cobble stone walk past all the tourist shops, go figure.

Dinner was a multiple course affair at the Lime Tree Inn.  This was it for the West Highland Way and the next day I jumped on the train back to Glasgow and then transferred to a train to Edinburgh.

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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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