West Highland Way, Day 6. 5th May 2012

A quick trip back to Kinlochleven and I set off about 9.30 up the hill in the sunshine on the last leg of the way. For once, there were lots of people around – then I realised they were the spectators for the trail biking. I anticipated being buzzed by bikes all day but, in fact, apart from a handful of officials I didn’t see any. I think they were mostly near Kinlochleven and by setting off early I had missed them.

I liked the first bit of the walk here with views of Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe but I found the walk to Glen Nevis a bit of a drag. I had my second accident of the trip here – I crunched into a piece of cold chocolate and a bit broke off my tooth. Fortunately, not painful so no need for an emergency dentist in Fort William.

Pap of Glencoe and Loch Leven

The West Highland Way between Kinochleven and Glen Nevis










I dropped down to Glen Nevis with great views of the Ben. The descent through the forest was on steep forest roads then, after reaching the glen, the last 3 miles were on the road – not fun. The Way ended as it began in a shopping centre.

Ben Nevis

The end of the West Highland Way

The original end of the Way was on the outskirts of Fort William but it was extended so that walkers would go through the town – hoping I presume they’d spend in the shops. The end is marked by a statue of a weary walker.

My first plan had been to get the train home after finishing the way but I changed my plans to do it in 6 days rather than 7 so that I could get to a birthday barbecue arranged by friends from University mountaineering club days.

So, I met up with Ian again and after a shower and some shopping we made our way to Glenuig (near Lochailort) in brilliant sunshine. We had a fantastic party, barbecue and bonfire – a great end to a great week. Much better than an anti-climactic train trip.





Birthday girls

West Coast Sunset












Singing round the bonfire

One thought on “West Highland Way, Day 6. 5th May 2012

  • September 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Looks like you had some nice weather and views of the old WHW, we managed to get drenched numerous times, but at least there were no midges!!

    Enjoyed the photos, thank you,


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