This evening, I am reporting on Day 6 of my hike along Scotland’s West Highland Way. This was the longest single section extending to 18 miles

Here is a summary of my experiences:

  • Departed Inveroran hotel at 0830 am. Visibility was good but low cloud present. No rain and temperature mild with no discernible wind.

Quaint Cottage at Inveroran, Scotland

  • The first leg today covered 10 miles, from Inveroran to Kingshouse Hotel. Here the trail was well maintained thus facilitating a good pace on a gently rising elevation, to 1000 ft.
  • Left Loch Tulla then crossed Victoria Bridge and joined the Old Parliamentary Road which was built in the early 19th century but is no longer open to traffic. Cloud covered mountains in the distance. Passed a conifer forest and native trees including Beech, Birch, Rowan and Holly.

Departing Inveroran on West Highland Way

  • Spent most of the morning hiking across Rannoch Moor which in essence is a desolate place comprising a giant peat bog featuring rocky outcrops, small lakes and heather in places.

Approaching Rannoch Moor on West Highland Way, Scotland

Rannoch Moor, Scotland

Rannoch Moor, Scotland

Rannoch Moor, Scotland

  • Arrived Kingshouse, Glencoe at midday and availed of a light lunch. Here, a small herd of deer was on the lookout for food.

Kingshouse Hotel, Scotland

  • After departing Kingshouse there was a flat stretch and then a sharp, steep climb up to 1850 feet up a trail known as the Devil’s Staircase. This was originally built by the British Military in the 18th century. Encountered a couple of intrepid mountain bike riders coming down.

View from Devil’s Staircase. Note helicopter.

Mountain Biker on West Highland Way, Scotland

  • After reaching top of the Devil’s Staircase the trail became less challenging and led me to Kinlochleven passing a massive hydro-electric scheme en-route. This scheme dates from the early 20th century and was constructed to process aluminium.

Trail to Kinlochleven

Blackwater Reservoir, Kinlochleven, Scotland

Hydro Sceme, Kinlochleven

  • On arrival at Kinlochleven I was impressed I was impressed by the neat and well-kept houses on the banks of the River Leven.
  • I overnighted at the Highland Getaway which proved perfectly adequate.

River Leven at Kinlochleven, Scotland

Kinlochleven, Scotland

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