Monday 28th October – Inveroran – Kinlochleven, with Zoe, Andy & Alex
18.64 miles … 42,480 steps … 2,523′ ascent …. 6 hours 19 minutes
We had a VERY cold night ion Bablu last night, 2mm of ice on the inside of the windscreen… We went to bed before 8pm, so it seemed a very long night! We woke up to a hard frost, but nothing that a cup of coffee with a bowl of Weetabix, oats, raisins and muesli can’t sort out.
Fiona walked with me for the first half hour, then returned to the camper van. There were spectacular views on an excellent path, the old drove road. It was improved by Thomas Telford in the early 1800’s (Fiona’s father was awarded the Telford Gold medal for his role in engineering!)
I didn’t see a soul all morning, this is a very remote part of Scotland. The mountains echoed with the sound of rutting stags and the main wild life I saw was grouse. I’ve never seen so many grouse in one morning. It took me just two and a half hours to walk to Kingshouse, after passing the Glencoe ski resort.
I waited at the very luxurious Kingshouse Hotel for Fiona plus three IJM reinforcements to arrive. Zoe, Andy and Alex enjoyed coffee and scones in front of the log fire, admiring the deer, before setting off for our afternoon walk over the pass to Kinlochleven.
There were spectacular views of snow capped mountains, great conversations, perfect weather and visibility made for a perfect day.
We found accommodation in a pod for the 4 lads. John and Richard had driven up from North Wales to join us and left their car in Ft William, then travelled with Fiona to join us with the camper van. Fiona had found me the smallest phone in the world to replace my wet one temporarily… (Not greeted with enough enthusiasm I feel – Ed)
We enjoyed a drink in the pub while Fiona and Zoe cooked up an amazing meal, which we ate in the pod the boys were staying in. Another cold night in Bablu coming up, though Zoe will provide extra body heat!