I’ll get to that shortly, but let me start with the beginning of the day of day 4 of the West Highland Way.
Since I, along with a few other folks, were staying across Loch Lomond in Ardlui at the lovely Ardlui Inn, I needed to get the “ferry” back over to pick up the trail again. Well, the ferry guy, okay it’s a small boat, doesn’t start until “about nine.” There’s a group of 4 who informed me of this and we were all thinking that we would like to get an earlier start. But there’s no choice here.
So we headed to the dock a bit before 9am and sure enough it was a bit after 9 before he showed up.
As a result it was close to 9:30 before I officially got going today.
So the first half to two-thirds of the walk is pleasant enough with some nice views. My problem with this section of the West Highland Way is that it is close to the A82, a major 2 lane road and there are a lot of power lines around.
Once I reached the turn off for Crianlarich…oh wait a minute! Something funny happened before this.
I swear that I came upon 2 people, definitely a guy and maybe a girl but it could have been another guy, having a little fun in the sun. Right on the side of the trail. This was walking through cow and sheep fields. I can’t be 100% sure, but it looked like there might have been a little somethin-somethin going on, if you know what I mean.
I looked away quickly which is why I can’t be certain. But it made me laugh. I thought if these 2 folks were having a little afternoon tryst that it was pretty ballsy of them to do it right in the open.
Only on the West Highland Way!
So after the Crianlarich turn off I thought the walk got much nicer. Sure it climbed a bit then descended a bit. But it was through some lovely forest areas that would open up now and again to views of the gorgeous mountains.
I came across a big sheep farm — the baby lambs are so damn cute — and had mountain views all around. It was a stunning sight for sure.
I then made my way then through a bit more forest area and along a stream as I made my toward tonight’s stop, Tyndrum.
No fancy room tonight at the Tyndrum Inn. In fact, it’s a tired sort of place but will be fine for a good night’s rest.
This was a far easier day than yesterday.
And while tomorrow is a 19 mile day, I don’t think it’s a particularly difficult. But you never know what you’ll see along the West Highland Way!