We camped up the hill from Inversnaid and woke to another cold morning. The mist rising from the hills promised another sunny day. Ian drove me back to Inversnaid and I set off on the lochside path.
This was the roughest walking of the Way. Lots of ups and downs over rocks and tree roots with many burn crossings. The dry weather meant that these were no problem but after a spell of rain, there is no way these could be crossed with dry feet. The terrain meant that the going was slow and it took a while to get to the head of the loch. On the way, I passed Doune bothy, which was a nice wee place with sleeping platform and stove.
After the head of the loch, my next stop was BeinGlas Farm campsite for lunch and I hurried on to get there. The path was a bit rough and I tripped and stumbled on a stone. As I fell, my rucksack came over my head and pushed my face into the ground. I sat up and my first thought was I’m OK; my second was where the hell was all this blood coming from (my nose) and my third was that there was no way I could get my first aid kit from my rucksack without covering everything in blood.
Then an angel appeared with a pack of tissues. She was very concerned and called her friend for advice on how to stop a nosebleed. There was a lot of blood for absolutely nothing but she waited with me until it stopped bleeding and we walked together to the campsite. After a shower, pint and a baked tattie I felt absolutely fine and some other WHW’ers gave me some tape to fix my broken glasses. I chatted a bit more with my helper and her friends and then set off on the next leg of the walk.
I didn’t much enjoy the first bit up Glen Falloch from BeinGlas Farm – a bit of a trog on a rough road with noise from the nearby A82 but it considerably improved after Derrydarroch, where the Way became more of a path and less of a road. A few miles, the Way enters a forest just outside Crianlarich and it was pleasant forest walking for a while.
I’d hoped to find a wild camp site just on the edge of the forest but it was too close to the busy A82 – and the site wasn’t much good anyway. So on I went to Auchtertyre Farm – which was a great site with an excellent farm shop – between Crianlarich and Tyndrum. I’d definitely go back there.