Sheep at Derrydaroch Farm, Scotland

Today, was Day 4 of my hike from Glasgow to Fort William. This segment covers about 12 miles travelling North-East.

The trail of the first section followed Glen Falloch and the River Falloch from Beinglas Farm, Inverarnan to Crianlarich. Key features:

  • Easy-going start along a well maintained track, more or less following the River Falloch. Beech, Oak and Alder trees were in evidence. Numerous streams crossed the trail at right angles. The landscape featured numerous small waterfalls. In the background were cloud covered hills and mountains.
  • Encountered a farmer working his flock of sheep with dogs.
  • There was a surprising level of noise pollution: vehicles, trains and even a helicopter.

Trail Tunnel under Railway Line, Glen Falloch

West Highland Way Trail through Glen Falloch, Scotland

River Falloch, Scotland

Glen Falloch, Scotland

Beinglas Farm

Section Two entailed a sharp turn near Crianlarich and then followed the River Fallon (Strath Fillan) up to Tyndrum. Key features of this section:

  • A rougher trail with short, sharp gradients through conifer forests and open landscape.
  • In the distance saw the Jacobite Express ( Harry Potter) train steaming through the countryside.
  • Lots of rocky outcrops with heather.
  • A variety of fungi.
  • Encountered the remains of St Fillan’s Priory which date from the 13th century.
  • In the distance were the Crianlarich Hills which comprise Ben More, Stob Binnein and Cruach Ardrain.
  • Stopped for lunch at Strathfillan Wigwams site. This locale is predominantly farmland and used for sheep grazing.
  • In the distance were the Tyndrum Hills which comprise Beinn Dubhcraig, Ben Lui and Beinn Chuirn. The defunct Cononish Gold Mine is also evident.
  • Close to the River Cononish is a sign marking the site of the Battle of Dalrigh in 1306.
  • At Tyndrum encountered a piece of waste land created by lead mining and ore processing in days past. The pollution prevents growth of vegetation and trees.

Wildflowers on West Highland Way

Fungi on West Highland Way

Water Challenge on West Highland Way

Decaying Fungi, Scotland

Fillan’s Priory, Scotland

River Cononish, Scotland

Former Lead Processing Site at Tyndrum, Scotland

Overall, a good day enhanced by favourable weather.

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