Day 14 - Raindrops keep falling on my head...

Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
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Trip End Jun 07, 2010


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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Liz & Alec, who gave me a lift last night, turn out to be heading back to Kingshouse this morning so offer me a lift straight back to the start of my walk through the winding valley of Glencoe.  The sky is already looking ominously dark so it's on with the waterproofs and I batten down the hatches with my rucksack cover before venturing out across Rannoch Moor. 

The rain starts almost as soon as I hit the moor.  It's relentless and the headwind means that I'm taking it face on.  I'm frustrated that everyone I meet coming the other way looks almost dry!  Still, my waterproofs and boots are doing an excellent job and underneath I'm not really wet.  The moor seems bleak in this weather but on a clear day there are obviously stunning views to be had. 

Heading down to Inverornan, the clouds suddenly roll away and the sun comes out.  I take my chances and stop for a quick snack, revelling in the chance to dry out a little!  Heading over the hill towards Bridge of Orchy I turn around and am rewarded with stunning views of Loch Tulla and the hills behind it. 

By Bridge of Orchy I'm pretty tired but there are a still a few miles to go.  It's 3pm but I pop into the hotel bar, grab a sandwich to fuel me to Tyndrum and meet three walkers heading the other way who'd had the same idea.  They're wild camping and at least one of them isn't looking forward to a soggy night tonight!

Tyndrum is disappointingly a glorified layby but the hostel is lovely with plenty of space, a great drying room and I'm looking forward to my day off!

Things that made me smile today:

The sun coming out at Loch Tulla
The gate with the "Please Close the Gate" sign.  It was stood all alone with no supporting fence, hedge or wall for miles!
Getting to Tyndrum - I was pretty tired after 64 miles in three days!
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