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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Glenshiel June 27th 2023

After waiting out the rain inside my tent - and inside the bar - at the Kings House Hotel on the seventh day of my West Highland Way adventure, it was straight back to business the next morning as I finally packed the tent away and strode out along the old military road towards the gaping maw of Glen Coe. With a low blanket of clouds and the brooding peak of Buachaille Etive Mor combining to provide a foreboding atmosphere, there was no mistaking the Highlands for the Mediterranean as there had been at times the week prior! After resting for a while at the trail crossroads of Altnafeadh - where I was befriended by a playful red-breasted robin - I shouldered my pack and readied myself for the daunting Devil's Staircase, where the trail zig-zags ... read more
The Old Man of Etive
Sleepy Town
Lonely Glen

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands June 19th 2023

A decade ago I spent the second year of a three-year working holiday in Scotland. Having spent the first year in England my expectations when it came to the weather were low indeed, yet still I managed to be disappointed when the summer of 2011 brought just three sunny days with a temperature of over twenty degrees - two in the first week of June and another at the end of June. So as I finally headed back to Scotland to kick-start my adventurous northern summer of 2023, it was with a fair degree of trepidation - even more so once I decided to tackle the country's most famous multi-day walking trail - the West Highland Way - as a camping trip, staying in my tent rather than in the various hostels or B&Bs scattered along ... read more
Mile Zero
The First of the Hills
Ageing Gracefully

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands April 24th 2023

A great day After a somewhat disappointing day yesterday, today everything went right. The weather, a key factor, collaborated most of the time, notwithstanding some isolated minor rain, hail and snow showers. Less wind today and at some stretches we even had wind blowing in our backs. We biked something like yesterday (90 km) and all in the right direction and ended up in Ullapool the most northern place we will go to. The complication today was the fact that along the way there were very few opportunities for lunch and tocharge batteries. Just to make sure there was something, yesterday we investigated and called ahead to the almost only place which was 40 km from our starting point, Poolewe. The place, serves coffee, tee, cakes and alike, but no lunch. Solution: we ordered takeout sandwiches ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Glencoe October 11th 2022

This is a continuation of my previous post . Several months ago Adele, my travel buddy, and I hatched a plan to recreate last year's road trip around Iceland, but this time around the highlands of Scotland. Coming from Tucson, Adele is attracted to cool climates. In two months, she'll be spending the night on an Antarctic ice shelf (without me, thankfully). But there was another reason. After the war, Adele's father spent time in Inverness. He was so enchanted by it that he named his farm back home Inverness. It became a long-standing ambition for Adele to visit the place that inspired her father. (We did end up spending a few nights in Inverness. It had its charms, but in 2022 it's just another mid-size city filled with cars and kebob stands.) The day after ... read more
The Summer Islands
Coastal Mountain
Ardvreck Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Glencoe July 12th 2022

Tuesday 12 July 2022, Day 8 on the West Highland Way (WHW) Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe. 12.5 miles by Garmin, 1601 elevation gain by All Trails, 5 hours 30 minutes walking. This is our fastest rate of walking on the Way. The accommodations at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel were new, small, modern rooms that have recently been added outside the main hotel in the photos. In Scotland there is no cooling, only heating of rooms. So on a relatively warm day there is no cooling air circulating in the rooms. Opening the windows runs the risk of midges. Plus we have to remove the inside of the duvet and sleep only under the cover. In spite of this we both had a good night's sleep. We had our breakfast at 0730 and ... read more
lamp and wall paper Bridge of Orchy dining room
table that interested Karen
Beginning of Day 8 on the Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands July 6th 2022

Wednesday 6 July 2022. Day 4 on the West Highland Way (WHW) from Rowardennan to Ardlui via ferry at Ardleish 14 miles by Garmin. 1598 feet Elevation gain. 11 hours walking. Ardlui our destination is in the Arrochar district of Scotland but not on the region selection list for TravelBlog. Nor is Rowardennan which is in the Stirling council. Both are shown on Google Maps in these locales. Rowardennan has the last road from the south and east into this side of the loch. All other places north and east of here on the loch are served only by boat. The main highway route A82 runs up the west side of the loch. This means it is a long way around the southern end of the loch to bring our bags up the west side to ... read more
dressed for Scotland weather
Bill Lobban memorial
Waterfall 1

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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands April 6th 2021

Glen Nevis is one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland, at the foot of Ben Nevis - the highest and most popular mountain in the UK. Glen Nevis is one of Fort William's best assets. Just a few minutes from town, a very picturesque Highland glen stretches out before your eyes as one enters from the west. Formed on the north by the flank of Ben Nevis and two accessible mountains to the east, the glen is a place of peace and tranquility as well as a place to play and stay.The River Nevis flows through Glen Nevis on its short journey to the sea from the rainfall that pours onto Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains, and is ... read more

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