Crianlarich to Inveroran
Sunday 27th October – on my own
16 miles … 1,539′ ascent … 5 hours 6 minutes
After an extra hours sleep, a warm shower and change of clothes I was ready to go again – minus my phone … so no photos from yesterdays amazing but tiring day and none today. I took the minor road, then A82 for the first 2 miles and made good progress while the road was quiet. I wondered whether I should stay on the main road all the way to Tyndrum, but was glad I didn’t.
After a wet footpath for 200 metres I discovered lots of interesting gems on my short journey cross country, including an excellent view of the Crianlarich hills (including 3 Munroes!) and came across the remains of St Fillan’s Priory. St Fillan walked these paths in the 13th Century, travelling from Ireland to tell the Scots and Picts about Jesus Christ as he walked. This was around the same time as Robert the Bruce (who gave some support to the Priory). After passing through Strathfillan Farm, which has a range of Wigwams, some like ours at Knockaloe Beg! I discovered they have a rainfall of 250cm here, 4x that of Edinburgh and it rains approx 280 days a year!! So no wonder I got a soaking yesterday…
The farm has 1,300 sheep, Scotch Black Face and Lleyn and 20 cattle. A little further on was the field where the Battle of Dalrigh took place, where Robert the Bruce lost to the MacDougalls on his way back from a defeat in Perth. It is thought that he and his followers threw their weapons (including his sword)into a nearby lochan… I would have taken a photo if I could…
I decided to have a coffee with Fiona in Tyndrum before my onward journey – there is so much to see and learn just off the A82 which I have travelled up and down dozens of times at 60-70mph for years! It was just a shame we were not allowed to watch the rugby semi-final second half, the bar opened at 11am as the match finished! Maybe due to Scotland being out of the competition…
There was a very good path from Tyndrum, home of the Green Welly Shop, to Bridge of Orchy; blue skies, amazing views of snow capped mountains as I walked parallel to the busy A82 and not so busy railway line. Fiona was able to cycle to meet me from Bridge of Orchy and have a picnic lunch.
We met a couple of Munro baggers at Bridge of Orchy, one of whom has a friend aiming to beat the record cycling from Land’s End to John O Groats (she missed it by minutes last time). I think she takes approx one hour cycling to my one day of walking. She is a Mackenzie, from the Isle of Lewis.
I took the scenic route over the hill to Inveroran and met a family of four walking the opposite direction, who are walking the West Highland Way with their two children 10 and a bit older, and camping as they go – the real McCoy!
Fiona met me again and had found not only a place for Bablu to park overnight, but a swimming spot under the bridge… Carole Staples would be proud of her! I bathed my feet in the ice-melt… my toes are gradually defrosting! We had a couple of hours in the Inveroran Hotel, chatting to Nadia and Ewen and watched a bit of their TV, but no WiFi til 2021!