Day 7: Inveroran – Kingshouse
Distance 14km – Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours – Altitude (↑) 330m
Today was the day – Rannoch Moor! According to Hillwalk Tours the most secluded and beautiful section of the West Higland Way.
After a very tasty breakfast, consisting of lots of tea, toast and porridge with fruits, we packed our things and set off with a freshly charged battery in the camera.
In the early morning fog we started over gravel roads and soon passed the Forest Lodge. The fog dissipated and gave us a breathtaking view of a beautiful heath landscape amidst majestic mountain peaks.
Today I just let the pictures speak, because I can’t describe it better than nature itself anyway.
We were already grateful for our outrageous luck with the weather, but the great weather today was a blessing! The Rannoch Moor doesn’t offer a square meter of space to put it under, so when it rains and storms it certainly has its own charm, but one should only enjoy this charm with appropriate clothing.
At the end of the day’s stage, one walks into the Glencoe towards the Kingshouse Hotel. The hotel is beautifully situated directly by a stream and offers a view of the surrounding mountains of its peerless beauty.
I drank a beer in the “Hiker’s Bar” that was built in the back of the hotel and listened to some hunters tell their stories, but it sounded a lot like hunter Latin 😉
I’m afraid there was a little problem. My shins hurt again, like yesterday, and today it was worse. Our room had a bathtub so I decided to take a bath. As I would have liked a bath additive like Arnica or Dead Sea salt to calm the bones I took a taxi to the next (but still far away) village Glencoe. The only small shop in this tiny, sweet village actually had a bath additive and so I drove back to the Kingshouse Hotel with a bottle of mountain pine. The bathtub was great and I had the feeling that everything was a bit better.
In the evening we had dinner in the guest room of the hotel and I finally had the opportunity to try Haggis without ordering a full portion. There were haggis in the puff pastry as starters and what can I say – it tastes great! Now there’s definitely a full haggis left.
On the next page you can read how my legs felt one day later and why we counted on the devil on the day stage.