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.