Day 9: Kinlochleven – Fort William

Distance 25km – Hiking time: 6 – 8 hours – Altitude (↑) 500m

The morning still greeted us a little wet and cloudy, but the great breakfast we got served compensated us and so we packed our things for the last day of hiking. We set off with mixed feelings. On the one hand we were looking forward to the upcoming stage, on the other hand we were a bit sad that it should already be the last one.

Ruinen am Wegesrand
Ruins along the way

The first section leads quite steeply uphill through a forest. As we were wearing our rain gear due to the rain, we were sweating a lot when we got the ascent behind us.

We were rewarded with wild and romantic scenes, great hiking trails, a lot of heathland and some ruins along the way.

Das allgegenwärtige Wasser
The ubiquitous water
Wald - Weg - Fluss - Berg (v.r.n.rl) ;-)
Forest – path – river – mountain (from right to left) 😉

About halfway through the stage the only annoying thing happened during this holiday: My shins failed almost completely! It went already a whole time alternately uphill and downhill and with each hill which we brought behind us the shinbones more hurt me.

Actually, we planned to turn off before Fort William into Glen Nevis, which is also called the most beautiful valley of the Highlands, but for me that was no longer possible and we had, thank God, already visited it a year before on the England, Scotland and Wales round trip by bus.

The rest of the way through Fort William was sweetened by a rainbow over Loch Linnhe and with it the rain finally said goodbye.

Fort William begrüßt uns mit einem Regenbogen
Fort William welcomes us with a rainbow
Loch Linnhe von Fort William aus
Loch Linnhe from Fort William
Spaziergang im Hafen von Fort William
Walk in the harbour of Fort William
Lichtspiel über Loch Linnhe
Light show about Loch Linnhe

First we went to our B&B, the St. Andrew’s Guesthouse of Tom and Sheena. The two renovate a choir school built in 1880 and have so far completed 6 rooms for guests. It was by far the most unusual accommodation of the last days, one feels like on a seat of power.

Tom and Sheena are super friendly and helped us a lot with the planning of our return trip to Edinburgh for the next day.

After a shower and in fresh clothes we went to see Fort William and had something to eat. We first looked at Loch Linnhe, the largest sea hole of the Highlands leading into the sea. Then we went to the center of the small town and found the official endpoint of the West Highland Way we had missed before.

We went to eat at "The Crofter" and got our West Highland Way certificate there. We didn't know about this certificate before and Hillwalk Tours doesn't mention it in its documents. As far as we're told, every restaurant in Fort William issues these certificates. Since it is just for children or first hikers like us a funny gift, I mention it here again as a tip[/su_box

West Highland Way Zertifikat
West Highland Way Certificate

At this point and with the next picture I would like to thank my mother for a great, exciting journey and hike. I will never forget the hike and love you very much! ❤

We did it!

What's the next step? You can read it on the next and last page.

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