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Hello from the Kingshouse Hotel

Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by heinous seamus, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Currently sat outside the Kingshouse Hotel having a beer (the bloody dog was sick so I had to go outside!) It's still pretty warm up here, the midges were destroying me earlier. Can't believe I can post on a message board from somewhere like this. Changed days folks, changed days!
     
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  2. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom doesn't like the cut of your jib

    *opens bottle of beer*

    Cheers! :)
     
  3. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    How far to the local Spar?
     
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  4. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    I'm not sure but the nearest chippy is in Fort William.
     
  5. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

    But there's a burger van at the top of Rannoch Moor.
     
  6. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Do you think they'll still be open?
     
  7. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

    No, probably not.
     
  8. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Shame, cos I'm starving.
     
  9. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Last time I was there we were still in the bar at this time - closed seemed to be a relative term! I also arrived in glorious sunshine and left in a white-out, at about this time of year.

    Oh and if they still offer the"climbers" option for breakfast, have it - you won't be hungry for a very long time, although you might find it difficult to "climb" out of your seat after finishing!
     
  10. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    Glencoe?
     
  11. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    Nearest chippy is Kinlochleven. (or was last time i was through there.)
     
  12. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    At the top of Black Mount. My father built the road into the Black Mount estate in the 30s.
     
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  13. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

  14. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Perfectly Flawed

    Still there or visiting again? :hmm:
     
  15. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    I'm actually in the Tyndrum Inn. I tried to update this thread from the Kingshouse last night but I couldn't get a signal :mad:
     
  16. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

    Go to the Real Food Cafe; their fish and chips are excellent.
     
  17. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    My maw said the same thing. Unfortunately I'm home now. I made do with some instant mashed potato and half a tin of beans and sausages just outside Tyndrum instead :thumbs:
     
  18. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    Sounds simply delightful...;)

    How did the walk go? I read your rucksack thread and was hoping to find a trip report...

    Not jealous at all though, I must point that out.
     
  19. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Finally, someone who wants to listen to my travelling tales ... ;)

    The walk went very well. No problems at all with my new bag. I didn't even notice it after a couple of days. I did learn a few things about packing for future though (the main one being: don't bother with UHT milk, it will only burst in your bag :mad:) My feet were a bit of a state by the last day though. New boots are definitely next on my wish-list.

    We arrived at Corrour Station at around 11:20 on the first day. My mate Dave had ignored my instructions to bring a sandwich for lunch so we didn't make it past the station tearoom :D After lunch (soup for me, venison stew for him) we set off towards Loch Ossian.

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    It was a cracker of a day, sunny with a bit of cloud and a stiff but warm breeze. There was a long, steady climb for the first few miles but it wasn't too bad. As we reached the top of the climb a fine view of the Blackwater Reservoir revealed itself. We only met a couple of folk on the walk down to Rannoch: a couple of elderly ladies who had been on our train and were walking Rannoch - Corrour, and a man with a dog. The dog tried to hump Dave (who hates dogs) while I laughed heartily. We reached Rannoch Station at around 5pm. We walked barely a mile before we found a camping spot at the head of Loch Laidon. There was a beach at the end of the loch where we lit a camp fire and made dinner (beans and sausages, instant mashed potato & some rye bread). While we were sitting a couple of Canada geese flew in and landed on the loch in front of us.

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    After a poor night's sleep we got up and had some brose and packed the tent away. While Dave was packing his bag, a dog came along and pissed on his jacket (which was on the ground next to him). I laughed again. The first few miles were through a forest at the edge of the loch. Then we came out onto Rannoch Moor.

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    It was a lot cloudier that day, and bit colder. After another mile or so, the track disappeared and we were left following a scarcely-perceptible boggy footpath (and this was after a long spell of dry weather - I dread to think how bad it would have been a month earlier!) It felt like we were trudging through the mud for miles and miles. We stopped and had some super-noodles and rye bread. 'Don't worry, I'm sure the track starts again soon' I lied. Eventually we did find the track again and a braw view towards Glen Coe unveiled itself shortly after.

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    We didn't see a single soul all day until we got close to the Kingshouse Hotel where we were stopping for the night. The hotel is actually closed for refurbishment but they've opened up a new bunkhouse and temporary cafe/bar on the site. We went to check in and the first human interaction I had after the lonely walk across Rannoch Moor was a German skipping me in the queue :D At the cafe that night we had venison stovies followed by sticky toffee pudding and cream, then we went for an early night.

    After a much-needed shower and fry-up we set off in the morning. We did part of the West Highland Way in reverse and met a stream of folk coming the other way. It was cloudy again and it started to rain a bit as we walked through the Black Mount.

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    After about 3 hours walking we met a guy who asked us how far it was to the Kingshouse. He looked crestfallen when we informed him we'd left the Kingshouse 3 hours earlier! We got to the Inveroran and it was raining fairly steadily. We had actually planned to stop here for the night but Dave wanted to press on as it was only 2pm (and raining) and our only option would have been to sit in the tent or go to the pub. I said I was willing to go to Bridge of Orchy and take it from there. After some super noodles and rye bread we set off. The biggest climb of the trip was coming out of Inveroran (although I'm sure it would be easy for anyone who'd actually done any hillwalking.) We got to Bridge of Orchy at about 5pm and had some tea and carrot cake. I mentioned the fine selection of beers on tap to Dave and said we should consider stopping here, but he was still keen to carry on, so we set off for Tyndrum. The stream of people we had met earlier was slowly drying up, but after about an hour I asked a couple of guys how far it was to Tyndrum. They said about 3 hours and it was my turn to look crestfallen. My feet were fucked by now and I was hobbling along with some difficulty. The sun came out a bit later on and we stopped for dinner and enjoyed the view back down the Glen.

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    We finally made it to Tyndrum at around 9pm and found a camping spot not far from the town. After we set up the tent we went to the pub. Dave had been promising a knees up but he could barely manage his one pint of IPA. We retired at around 11pm. We'd hatched a plan to walk to Crianlarich the next day and get the train from there, but we woke up at 9am and thought 'fuck that' and went for a fry up in the Green Welly instead.

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  20. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Looks splendid - I'm now wanting to head for bridge of Orchy/Loch Tulla/Inveroran when I get a few days of soon! :)
     
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  21. bmd

    bmd you left me standing here

    Green Welly! Square sausage?
     
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  22. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    bastard bastard bastard.

    anyway, i'd much rather be in the muggy Midlands and replacing my bathroom in a somewhat half-arsed manner. sniff...

    (can we have a boot porn thread?)
     
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