This is what the young Scottish girl said to me today along the West Highland Way. She’s from Edinburgh and we struck up a conversation. This was her first time walking the trail.
I commented on the fabulous weather and she replied, “I think Scotland must be drunk!” I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget this comment!
Day 2 brought fabulous weather. Nary a cloud in the sky. So atypically Scottish!
But let me back up.
I started reasonably early again, at just a bit before 9am. I was up and ready to go knowing I had a few more miles to get through today and that it would be more challenging than day 1.
I left the B&B about 8:30ish but it was a walk back to the trail. So it was 8:50 or so when I was officially back on the trail.
The trail starts off gently enough through pasture land then you go through some forested areas. Then you begin to catch those glimpses of Loch Lomond.
And on a day like today it was nothing short of stunning.
Soon enough you cross through the sheep fields and then the fun begins.
For you see today brought lots of climbing up, then descending down.
First up was going up Conic Hill. Now you don’t quite summit but you do get close.
So up and up you go and the higher you climb, and the more west the trail goes, the more you take in Loch Lomond which is gorgeous.
As you make your way down, the views are simply spectacular. Seriously. I’ve seen some amazeball places so far and this area is up at the top of the list without a doubt.
But it’s a long way down from Conic Hill with lots of steep descent and then stairs as you go down further, so you need to pay attention.
Once at the bottom you end up in the town of Balmaha which is right on the shores of Loch Lomond. From here it was time skirting around the lake and through the trees.
But you climb yet again through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. At one point where the guide-book says something like, “a punishing little climb” I thought, “little?”
I can’t complain though. The day was so gorgeous. I actually think I got some sun on my face and arms.
While it was a far more challenging day being just a bit longer and having much more climbing and descending to it, the day was wonderful. I kept smiling as the scenery was just so stunning. Lots of photos for sure as the West Highland Way is not disappointing in the scenery department.
I would like to point this out — I know how lucky I got with the weather. I cannot imagine making some of the climbs or descents in bad weather. It would suck.
So here’s hoping for more dry days like these last 2. And especially sunny days like today. Forecast looks good!