Planned kilometres: 23(cummulative 1325)
Kilometres walked: 24 (cummulative 1393)
% Completed: 76.5%
Weather: Overcast and rain
Pubs visited: Drovers Inn
Pints: 3 (cummulative 166)
Kms per pint: 8.4
Blisters: 0 (cummulative 4)
Rowardennan to Inverarnan
The weather has done a complete change from yesterday as it this morning it was overcast but there is no wind at all. The trail today follows mainly along the banks of Loch Lomond with some forestry sections.
In a forestry section, I saw ruins of old buildings that have been reclaimed by nature and my first Bothy. A Bothy is a basic hut that can be used by anyone walking as a refuge or basic overnight accommodation Rowchoish Bothy was very basic and after visting it, I will stick to hotels, B&B’s and pubs for my accommodation.
The Cherry Tree café was an unexpected bonus on the side of the trail and I made a quick stop to have a cold drink and eat some lunch, however my stay was brief as there were lots of midges
The paths were varied and went from nice paved pathways in the morning to very rough in the afternoon where there were lots of up and down sections that required scrambling over tree roots and rocks.
In the afternoon the rain set in again and the last couple of hours was spent walking in the rain to get to the Drover’s Inn. The Drover’s Inn is one of the strangest pubs I have been to as on entry to reception you are surrounded by taxidermy (including a stuffed bear) and stuffed dead animals continued in the bar and dining rooms.
My hotel room had been refurbed and was in good condition, but the rest of the hotel has a long way to go. My room was on the second floor and as I went past first floor hall way, water was dripping through the ceiling int one section into couple of buckets on the floor. I was in room five and room four was called the haunted room, so I was happy not to have that room.
Haunted! I’m not flamin surprised with all those carcasses around the place!
Very eerie and pretty freakish! Countryside looks beautiful so shame about the midges as no doubt they are detracting from the enjoyment of it all.
Haven;t had to deal with midges yet as there had been rain and wind each day (which is my preference to midges)