Rowardennan to Inverarnan, 25Km
It felt like a free ride today on what is the hardest stage of the West Highland Way. I bumped into Colin & Rachel as I set off this morning and we walked together for the whole day. It would have been another grueling day but once engaged in conversation the kilometres flew by.
Loch Lomond is popular for water sports as well as walkers. Looking at the map, you’d imagine it was an easy path along the shoreline but just like yesterday it climbs and plunges for no reason and long stretches involve scrambling over boulders and large tree roots.
We planned a late coffee/early lunch in the Inversnaid hotel, around the half way point but on arrival, a notice pinned to the door said, due to staff shortages there was no food except snacks in the bar. Fortunately the snacks included lemon drizzle cake and coffee. Colin & Rachel are camping and were rather hoping for a full Scottish breakfast. Oddly, there were plenty of staff polishing the brass rails and wooden banisters but the receptionist explained that the hotel caters for coach parties and all the kitchen staff were busy preparing the evening meal.
I had a taste of the wild outdoors when Rachel set up the camp stove on the shores of the Loch to brew some coffee.
My B&B tonight is also a camp site so Colin and Rachel have pitched their tent outside. Lizzie arrived too. She sent her heavy pack on the van but limped in with bad blisters. I know that pain only too well. We four dined on lasagne, garlic bread and beer. A thunderstorm is forecast over night and I suspect they’ll all be in my room at some point. It’s all a far cry from the Southern Upland Way.