|DAY 2: RIGHT CLICK TO ENLARGE IN A NEW WINDOW|
Any reasonable person looking at that map, along with the distance and the ascent figures, would think to themselves that they would knock this off fairly comfortably and be in the Inn at Ardgour in time for a couple of pints before heading upstairs to sort out the washing and still be in plenty of time for dinner.
There are occasions where I consider myself that reasonable man, and setting off before eight o'clock with a pale blue sky and sight of the ragged ridges, all was well with the world.
|FLATTENED GRASSES AND SOARING RIDGELINES|
|LOCHAN DUBH OUTFLOW|
|LOCHAN DUBH OUTFLOW|
|PERHAPS THE START OF THE FICTITIOUS PATH DRAWN BY A WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT AFTER A GOOD LUNCH IN THE PUB?|
|LOOKING BACK TO GLEN HURICH|
|LOOKING DOWN GLEANN AN LOCHAIN DUIBH|
|HALLELUJAH! A PATH APPEARS JUST BEFORE THE BRIDGE TO GLEANN NA CLOICHE SGOILTE|
|THE SHAPELY HILLS TO THE SOUTH OF GLEANN NA CLOICHE SGOILTE|
|THE BRIDGE OVER THE ABHAINN GHLEANN LOCHAN DUIBH|
|LOOKING BACK TO UNFRIENDLY TIGHNACOMAIRE AND ALL THE WAY TO GLEN HURICH|
|A PRETTY LITTLE GUSHY GORGE TO DELIGHT THE SOUL.|
|THE BRIDGE AT EASTING 945, LOOKING BACK UP THE GLEN|
|THE GORGEOUS VIEW BACK ALL THE WAY TO GLEN HURICH, AFTER LEAVING THE FORESTRY|
|THE FOOTBRIDGE OPPOSITE CREAGBHEITHEACHAIN|
|THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TRACK|
|THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE TRACK, SHOWING TIMBER EXTRACTION|
|A WELL CONSTRUCTED ESTATE BRIDGE LEADING APPARENTLY TO NOWHERE|
Finally I make the public road, the A861, which is a gloriously quiet single track strip of tarmac that heads for the Corran Ferry and my hotel for the night, the Inn at Ardgour. I slump at the roadside and try some honey roasted peanuts and jelly babies with the last of the filtered water - around 250 ml, which is nowhere near enough as I'm really thirsty. Its half four when I set off to walk the 6km to the pub.
|BEN NEVIS, AND SALT MARSH ALONGSIDE THE A861 AND LOCH LINNHE|
|SALT MARSH MUTTON AND LAMB: 1|
|SALT MARSH MUTTON AND LAMB: 2|
|SALT MARSH MUTTON AND LAMB: 3|
|SALT MARSH MUTTON AND LAMB: 4|
|SALT MARSH MUTTON AND LAMB: 5|
|THE INN (THE BUILDING FAR LEFT) FROM RUBHA DEARG|
Those six kilometres seemed to take forever, but I made the Inn bang on six o'clock. Just time for a quick one and then nip upstairs to wash the smalls, shirt and socks before a really good dinner. The service in the Inn was superb. Highly recommended.
This day had been a whole heap harder than I had imagined it to be at the outset but I had managed it. Just. Would I do it again? A resounding 'yes' as I could not possibly be in a worse condition than I was today and I would normally eat days like this for breakfast. Thankfully the weather had been kind if a bit bloody cold, walking into the wind all day, but the scenery was top drawer.
All in all, highly recommended.
And now, a small piece of genius.