West Highland Way, Day 3, 2nd May 2012

Morning mist from the campsite

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.

Doune bothy

Finally, the head of Loch Lomond



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.

Between Beinn Glas and Crianlarich











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.

One thought on “West Highland Way, Day 3, 2nd May 2012

  • February 14, 2016 at 3:01 am

    This part of the line was built as the Mallaig Extension Railway and was completed in 1901. Now known as part of the West Highland Line, some plepoe argue that this is the best part of the journey between Glasgow and Mallaig, mostly owing to its spectacular scenery but also in part due to its role in the Harry Potter franchise. The train reverses out of Fort William and heads west to Banavie, where most of the signalling on the West Highland Railway is controlled from. At this point, Neptune’s Staircase (an impressive series of canal locks) can be seen from the right-hand side of the train. The train heads on alongside the shores of Loch Eil, stopping at Corpach, the Loch Eil Outward Bound centre, Locheilside (by request) before reaching Glenfinnan , where the train crosses the infamous 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct. The train then passes the scenic Loch Eilt before reaching the small village of Lochailort (a request stop). Passing Loch nan Uamh and the request stop at Beasdale, the train reaches the coast at Arisaig , where passengers can walk to the nearby Ferry Landing for the Arisaig Marine ferry [12] to Eigg and Muck . The train is now on the last stage of its journey, stopping briefly at Morar then terminating at Mallaig , where passengers can cross the road to the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal for Skye and the Small Isles .


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