Today: 12.2 miles
Total so far: 1418.9 miles
Percentage Completed: 85.0%
A late start (always a good plan when in a hotel) saw me ambling up alongside Fionn-abhaidh on an excellent path to the bothy for an early lunch. The bothy is a little beauty, with small paned sash windows and four rooms all in good order. I had it to myself and then strolled on up the valley in the glorious sunshine.
I caught up with an American organized walking group who were making steady progress. The views of Sgorr Ruadh and the magnificent cliffs of Meall nan Ceapairean were inspiring but when I reached the bealach, well! The views the other side were stunning!
Beinn Damh from the bealach
There was the massive bulk of Maol Chean-dearg and the jaw dropping cliffs of Beinn Damh over to the left. I must have spent hours dropping the rucksack and digging out the camera, takng the picture, putting it all back together again and walking on a few hundred yards to be confronted by another equally jaw dropping scene, that demanded a repeat rucksack performance.
I made incredibly slow and wonderful progress down into Torridon; It was one of my most memorable hill days ever. The views of Liatach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe will never be forgotten.
As I had dropped over the bealach, I bumped into a chap called John and we spent a fine time talking about going into the hills. We were neither of us Munro 'baggers' but both felt that the hills and being amongst them was a medicinal compound; “most efficacious in every case”. You go into the hills perhaps stressed from everyday life and you leave them cleansed and wholesome once more.
I reached Annat and decided that the Youth Hostel would be a suitable destination for this intrepid Groatser and made straight for the shower and then the kitchen.
Youth hostels are places where you meet an unreal world. I don't think there are any youths here, most are middle aged and middle class; Scots from Edinburgh with English accents.
Anyway, its clean, spacious and I have just had my second tin of pear halves. I think I may now go onto the cling peaches.