River Leven at Kinlochleven, Scotland.

This morning I embarked on the final leg of my hike along the West Highland Way. This was a 15 mile stretch ending in the centre of Fort William. A brief summary as follows:

  • Departed the fascinating town of Kinlochleven at 0845.
  • A steep uphill climb on a rough track for about 30 mins. Here, the trail crossed numerous small waterfalls and streams. Vegetation was thick, mainly comprising Birch, Beech and Rowan. Ferns were russet brown.
  • After the climb, the path suddenly burst into open moorland and mountains with Loch Leven on the left. Views were enhanced by the sunshine which lasted most of the day.
  • The trail navigated across Lairigmor which is one of the finest ridge walks in Scotland, offering views of 11 Munros (mountains over 3000 ft.). On this section encountered runners and mountain bikers coming in opposite direction.

  • Stopped for a snack and noticed a small sliver of rock on which was carefully scripted “Protector from the North”. This has echoes of a John Buchan novel.
  • The moorland/mountains were bare, other than a covering of grass. A handful of sheep were in evidence.
  • Later in the day, the trail dipped into a valley and lower elevations and then on through a conifer plantation and a logging landscape. Good views of Ben Nevis were obtained.
  • The last section entailed progressive downhill on a good quality unsurfaced road. Eventually, I came to the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre where I availed of some refreshments before moving on to Fort William where I arrived at 4.00pm thus concluding the 95 mile hike.

Loch Leven, Scotland

Highland Scenery from Lairigmor, Scotland

Protector from the North.

Lairigmor, Scottish Highlands.

Lairigmor, Scotland

Mountain Biker, West Highland Way, Scotland

Ben Nevis from West Highland Way, Scotland.

End of West Highland Way, Gordon Square, Fort William, Scotland

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