The West Highland Way, Day Two

Walk: Balmaha to Rowardennan
Distance: 7 miles
Accommodation: Rowardennan Youth Hostel
Date: 19 September 2010
Walked with: Tracey
Pubs: The Clansman, Rowardennan

Today was short but quite damp! Just seven miles of flat or undulating walking along the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. Lots of pretty woodland interspersed with misty views of the Loch and a persistent soft rain, so I was really rocking the waterproof look today!

The trees and plants really seemed to stand out today – probably because the hillsides were hidden in the mist! Lots of different types of wild flowers, almost all pink, and some odd plants with black leaves that I’ve never seem before – any ideas anyone?

There’s defiantly something big lurking behind the youth hostel. I suspect it’s Loch Lomond… The hostel, as per usual, doesn’t have that many youths in it, just lots of very healthy middle aged northern Europeans who run 50 miles before breakfast, speak perfect English and live on muesli. Inspiring and intimidating at the same time!

Two days of the walk down, four more to go. It’s about to get harder and my left knee seemed to be trying to tell me something earlier. If only I could talk ‘knee’…

About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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3 Responses to The West Highland Way, Day Two

  1. GG says:

    “odd plants with black leaves” Has there been a brush fire in the area recently?

    • silkakt says:

      They are very odd. The plants are green but have what look like leaf shaped seed pods – each one has around 10 seeds lined up inside. I keep seeing them but can’t find out what they are called. And irritatingly my blog app isn’t working so I can’t put a picture of it up. They are very striking, honest!

  2. GG says:

    Sounds like Agapanthus

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