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  • Day6

    Three Lochs Forest Drive

    May 16, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Vanmorgen een stukje route door het Queen Elizabeth Forest Park gereden. We vonden een stukje offroad, maar na wat glibberen kwamen we helaas niet verder doordat er bomen over het pad lagen. De route verder af gemaakt en richting onze road mission van vandaag; Glen Cor valley area.Read more

  • Oct1

    Stirling Castle

    October 1, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    We visited the Kelpies on the way out of Falkirk this morning.
    The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies. They represent the heavy horses of Scottish history pulling the wagons, ploughs and barges across Scotland.
    Further north we spent time having a tour of Stirling Castle.
    Some of the earlier buildings were dated early 12th century and additions were made between the 1400's and 1600's
    It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defense position.
    Many seiges occured there as it was the home of royality and the centre of politics before Scotish independence. Our guide could have told stories for hours but we needed to move on to Culloden near Inverness for the next two nights.
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  • Jun29

    Rowardenen to Inverranan

    June 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    You are all probably aware of the Scottish Song " I'll take the high road and you'll take the low road and I'll be in Scotland before you. For me and my true love will never meet again on the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond". It is actually a code about the WHW. It means that one should take the high road when walking around Loch Lomond because it is easier and if you take the low road it will take you a very long time. My plan for the day was to stay on the high path which was a nice flat forestry access road and over 4 k would be very easy. Clan Meeweise I knew would take the low road as would the mountain goat Seattlites. My plan was to leave early so I wouldn't have to lose face with my cohikers. I left at 7:30 after a very hearty breakfast at the Rowardenen hotel. It was also supposed to pour in the afternoon so the earlier I got going the less rain I would have to deal with. Two days of no rain was pretty unprecedented on the WHW. Thing went very well at first but then shortly after taking a steep drop in elevation things became much more difficult. Up and then down. It was what I imagined of the West Coast Trail. I decided that my plan to take the easier trail whenever it appeared was a very good idea. I would just have to persist until then. After a good two hours of up and down hiking I met another hiker who was packing up his tent after the night and I asked him how far to the high easy route. He told that I had missed it a good 2.5 km back and that it would be easier staying on the lower path rather then back tracking as they joined up in another 2 km. I could have cried. He said the consolation was the better view and the bragging rights so I persisted. Obviously the Scottish keepers of the WHW didn't want people whimping out taking the easy route so they hadn't marked it. The has to be some motchoness with doing this hike. Despite being a very popular trail I really felt alone much of the time while hiking the low road today. I passed ancient abandoned buildings the forest was reclaiming. Parts of the forest were very quiet and when one got away from the water a little eerie. I went a very long time without talking to anyone. I met some Germans from the Black Forest of Germany. I told them that my Great Great Grandmother Finkbinner who had been from the Black Forest and that in my mother's estate I had been bequeathed a very ugly blue plate from my G G GM which looked to have been mass produced in 1895 and has lost all of it's paint and if I didn't know better could actually be plastic. I told them that as it had been mentioned in my mother's will that it was probably very expensive and probably should be in a German museum. I offered to mail it to them but I think they thought I was crazy. So much for trying to reprieve valuable treasures to their homeland. I met some portly and very friendly English who were spending their summer hiking while their wives drove the car and spent their money. They were friends from the Rotary club. They expected to do 1000 miles this summer. This part of the trail was very treacherous just up and down. The Englishmen were moving very slowly. Like turtles. I kept going. I finally found a flat area for a break and a very chatty English couple called Jackie and Andrew came up and started chatting to me. Somehow the knew I was from Canada. My MEC hat, shirt pants socks and backpack had given me away. Their son lived in Cochrane just outside of Calgary so they were well familiar with MEC. I walked and talked to them for about 2 hours. They were hiking from Dover in the very south to the Orkney Isles. They had been at it for 2.5 months. They were equipped with two cars so would leave a car at the end of one segment and drive back to start the segment. They would stay at the same accommodation for a week and hike the segments in that area before moving on. They had one month left. I asked them which part of the route they liked the best and they felt it was a toss up between a stretch in England and the WHW which made me quite happy. They had also hiked Hadrian's wall and felt that the Way was much better. There was only about 3days of hiking on the wall which was good and could probably be done as day hikes which I will have to remember for the future. They were going to take a break at the top of the lake by a herd of ferrel goats. The midge situation was quite bad so I pushed on leaving Loch Lomond and slowly starting my ascent into the Scottish highlands along the Falloch river. The rain had pretty well held off but then started very lightly. I made it into Inverarnan by 2:30 after pretty well 7 hours of continuous hiking. Was I ever tired as I sat down in the pub to wait for my room to be prepared. I must have drank 3 pints of water. Within minutes of my sitting down it started to pour rain. I had made it in just in the nick of time. I joined the Meeweise clan for supper in the bar before a well deserved sleep. Grant of the Meeweise clan has been having knee problems. Fortunately his wife Carol is a physio, Winnie is a sports doctor and Mary Beth is a kinesiologist so he is getting lots of attention. Every time I see him however he is sporting an additional piece of sports tape on his body. If this continues I think he will become a modern day version of the Tin man from the Wizard of Oz.Read more

  • Jun30

    Inverarnan to Tyndrum

    June 30, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today was a day of rain. Not like yesterday afternoon when it had rained terribly hard but it was a constant light rain. This morning I felt tired. No blisters or specific joint or muscle pain but I just felt tired. I had a very hearty breakfast. They say you burn 100 calories for mile walked. The Seattlites ( Carol and her daughter) left before I had even got my food. They had stayed at the Drover's pub and had not been too pleased by it. It was old and noisy and they hadn't slept that well. The Meeweise clan got a good 40 minutes start on me. I had decided I was going to take it a little easier. The path was again a gentle trail heading upwards gradually in elevation. I think the first one hour I tried every combination of clothing and coat and rain pants before settling on shorts with raincoat top. I needed a balance between rain protection but if I wore two much rain gear I would be hot. After finally getting the clothing right and having warmed up, I was able to start making good time. By 11:00 I had caught up to Clan Meeweise as we went through a forest on the valley side. Grant was moving a little slow. I walked with them for a little way before leaving them. I walked with a young couple from Portsmouth who seemed to be on their honeymoon. Two Swiss women were walking with their umbrellas. The had all camped at Beinglas Farm last night. The rain had been a little inconvenient but the midges had been relentless and unforgiving. They are exceptionally bad this year. I think they were all planning to stay in a B and B in Tyndrum. The prettiest part of the whole day were the very basic ruins of a monastery known as St. Fillan's chapel. Some signage by a small weather station reported that this spot was one of the wettest places in Scotland receiving 4-5 times the amount of rain received by Edinburgh. It rains her 280 days a year. I sat and ate my lunch her and as I wasn' t moving got a little chill. Finally I could pull out those rainpants I had been carting around for the last week. It was a 9 to 3 day of gentle hiking but I still required a nap when I got into my BnB. I joined up with the Seattlites and clan Meeweise for my last time on the trip. They are doing the hike over 7 days while I will take eight. When I booked the trip, I wanted to give myself a buffer if in the event of an injury, blisters or sickness. Things are going well so I probably would have been fine in 7. They will however have a 20 mile hike tomorrow while for me this 20 miles will be broken up into 7 tomorrow followed by 13 the next day. My last two days will be the same as their last two days. I will have a much more relaxed day tomorrow. I will miss the comraderie of the Seattlites and the Meeweise clan.Read more

  • Day12

    Somewhere in Scotland

    March 14, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    So I spent the day sitting in the train going up with the West Highland Lane and I gotta admit, the scenery is stunning! I’ve started in spring, drive through the winter and landed in autumn. Pictures can’t really tell how it really looked like.
    Thanks to... you know what... I’ve decided to drive back to Edinburgh tomorrow morning (15.3). And head home earlier than planned.
    Gonna enjoy Edinburgh at its fullest!
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  • Day2

    Loch Lomond und Ben Lomond

    June 16, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Kurze Gälisch-Stunde: Loch heißt See und Ben Berg. Es ging 1000m hoch und runter auf 10km Strecke - sprich 20% Steigung im Schnitt. Die Anstrengung hat sich aber mehr als gelohnt und man hatte eine super Aussicht auf den Loch Lomond und die Berge der Central Highlands.Read more

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