Walking: West Highland Way: 2

Day Two of our West Highland Way walk began in Crianlarich, which meant we had to eat breakfast at our B&B in time to catch a bus to Tyndrum at 8:30. Two nice French people were catching the same bus, so we all found the bus stop in tiny Crianlarich and hoped our ride would come despite a sign declaring the bus wasn’t stopping there (due to construction). The bus came, and ten minutes later we were in Tyndrum, where we’d walked the day before.

Just a wee bit of drizzle greeted us, and we ducked into the Green Welly store (really a complex of food, outdoor gear, souvenirs, and whisky) for a look. It wasn’t exactly sunny when we set off, but the light mist added a touch of mood as we climbed out of town. We crossed over the railway.

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We crossed under the railway.

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And kept along a nice even track surrounded by astounding sights.

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A train went by, too.

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A pause during the walk for a restorative dram.

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As ever, cattle linger near unsuspecting walkers.

IMG_1980Seriously, it looks wetter than it actually was. The 7 miles of the walk went much faster than we expected, and disbelief reigned when we saw the railway station for Bridge of Orchy come into view. Already? Still, that meant we could have some lunch at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, which is pretty much the only game in town around here. Many photographs taken around here will be of the bridge or from the bridge.

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Yes, there are lost gloves out here, too.

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The Hotel itself is a comfy place, and has an award-winning manager who could give Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel a run for his money. After lunch, we prepared for dinner. We also saw zanily-decorated cars roar by the hotel. They were participating in the Garbage Run, which is an odd road race devised by the Dutch. But enough about that; how about some pictures of food?

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We went to the hotel’s DVD library and got The Great Escape. Before settling in for the evening, we went out for another round of photos of the bridge. Seriously, there’s not much here. After that it was all Steve McQueen and the cooler and resting up for the next day’s WHW walk.

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