West Highland Way, Day 4. 3rd May 2012

Woke up to cloud and quite a lot of condensation on the tent but it looked as if it would burn off and so it did. This was a relatively short day so no rush to break camp – a leisurely breakfast – sausages and black pud was so much nicer than muesli.

Set off in the sunshine to Tyndrum, my first stop. Great views backwards to Ben Mor and Stobinien and forward to Ben Lui.

Ben Lui - snow on the central couloir

Ben More and Stobinian from just outside Tyndrum










Past the old lead mines at Tyndrum, where the land is still contaminated and nothing much grows to the Green Welly Stop where it was time to cool off with an orange juice and some gingerbread.

Panning for gold, Tyndrum

Tyndrum has a gold mine which has recently reopened and I had heard that people still panned for gold around there. I was puzzled when I left Tyndrum to see someone with a rake make their way down to the river and then I realised that it was a gold panner. Even on a sunny day, not my idea of fun; I hope they found something.

The Way follows an old drove road north to Rannoch Moor and the path is dominated by the conical shape of Beinn Dorain. In the distance were the Black Mount hills – tomorrow’s walk.


Beinn Dorain and the Black Mount

I arrived at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel for a late lunch – Ploughman’s lunch and beer where I met up the with the woodcarver again. We lazed around in the sun for a while but I eventually set off for the relatively short walk over the hill to Inveroran. Good views of Loch Tulla and a great campsite by the river.

Campsite by the river, Inveroran

Loch Tulla








As we were enjoying the sun at the campsite, we met Mike ??  from Wales who was undertaking an incredible expedition. All of the Welsh, English and Scottish 3000 foot peaks in 4 months of self-powered, unsupported travel. He was a month into his journey and was going well. This is an incredibly ambitious goal – good luck to him – I hope he makes it.

This was my favourite campsite of the trip – highly recommended.

One thought on “West Highland Way, Day 4. 3rd May 2012

  • December 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Dear Ian,
    I came across your website by chance when looking up the WHW again, in reminiscence. I hope you don’t mind me posting. How funny! I am the accidental ‘angel’ (although seriously I would not be thrilled to have me around if it had been any more serious – I’m not so clever in the nursing department!). Glad you enjoyed your trek, we had a great time. Friends have awarded us certificates for the most cake (and other foods) ever consumed on the WHW (rather than for our walking endeavours). We weighed more after the trip than before. Hey ho, it was fun. Anyway best wishes for the season.


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