Day 7 (final day) West Highland Way – Kinlochleven to Fort Williams
This would be one of those weather days you just can’t bring yourself to trust. Windy, chilly, some minor rain early that let up. All day it seemed on the edge of rain but it never came. I didn’t buy into it though til the last downhill four mile run.
Right out of the gate we had to climb out of the valley and it was a long climb. My legs were a bit dead so the climb was really slow. It’s been a long week.
The profile was essentially a big climb, a relatively flat run then two climbs that dipped back down between, and then a final downhill run in the last four miles.
One cool thing that happened was that apparently it was mating day for a species of black, what I believe to be damselflies. There were hoards of them everywhere when I stopped for lunch. Little sex crazed monsters were so distracted they kept flying into my head.
The weary hiker statue in Fort William
The last day of a long week made the day feel longer than it seemed. The last climb was flat out disheartening. But on the flipside I met an environmental grad student and had a great chat that made the last few miles fly by.
The walk through town to the final end monument took forever. But it allowed reflection on a really good week. Hiking here in Scotland is beautiful and i got lucky with both weather and the midges so far. Tomorrow I start the Great Glen Way, 5 more days in the highlands. Hope you’re having a happy day my friends. – Rev Kane