September 2, 2015:
We make our way to The Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum, Scotland to pick up snacks for the short 7 mile hike from Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy. I am quite sure that the hikers doing the long twenty-mile walk today are long gone and quite a distance down the trail.
Surprise! We are delighted to see Scottish friends, Thomas and Allan, just outside the shop. We get in some last-minute chatting and bid them farewell again with best wishes for the remainder of the hike. Sure going to miss those guys…
According to Google, Tioraidh is a greeting similar to Cheerio in Gaelic. Not sure why it appears on this stone monument.
Randy is striking up a lively conversation with young Leon towering over him at nearly seven feet. Not surprising that he is a basketball player from Holland.
Scottish mother/son hiking together and going for a long twenty-mile hike today. We have quite a bit in common since they are also farmers and the mother does daycare for her grandchildren.
It’s about time I bring out the Love Rock. This rock was given to me by a woman camping in the Black Hills of South Dakota and I’ve been carrying it with me on this journey. Click on the Love Rock link for more background information on this heart touching story.
We enjoy the company of Laura, from Germany, who has just finished her master’s degree and is celebrating by hiking the West Highland Way. I feel as though we are celebrating along with her through this experience.
The path isn’t too bad today as this is the only rocky, hilly section with uneven footing.
Sheep creep under the railroad.
Someone did not watch their step and found a monster sized cow pie. (Wasn’t anyone in our group).
Much of the route today follows a military road. In the years after the 1715 Jacobite uprising the government put a huge amount of effort into building roads and bridges over the length and breadth of the Highlands. Previously, drove routes had existed to move cattle to the lowland markets. This bout of road building was intended to provide a means of moving troops quickly around the interior to suppress rebellion. Those rowdy, high-spirited clans, right? They built some 1200 miles of road and 700 bridges in the years from 1725 and 1767. ~Undiscovered Scotland.co.uk
We are tickled to see our Northern Ireland/Ukrainian friends, Michael and Stacy catching up with us as we near Bridge of Orchy.
Bridge of Orchy Hotel looks a little like the background of a Harry Potter movie. We eat our dinner about 2:30 p.m. in the hotel bar while we wait for our room. Since we didn’t sleep that well in the hobbit house last night, we are weary and feel like napping.
It’s time to check in and they inform us that we have been upgraded to a cottage (Our own bathroom/shower, no less!) at no extra charge. Yippee!! It seems as though two people were in need of a room and they figured the three of us would fare better in the cottage while the couple took the smaller hotel room. Little did we know it was Michael and Stacy who decided to try to get a room instead of waiting the rest of the afternoon for the hostel to open up. (I think they felt in need of a nap, as well.) Thank you!
From the back door of our cottage, we can easily see the Bridge of Orchy which spans over the River Orchy and dates back to 1751 .
Our lodging is very posh, it’s cold and rainy outside, so we really want to stay inside where it’s nice and warm.
I mix some dehydrated peanut butter powder with water, slather it on a prepackaged (doughy?) baguette and we have supper. Yum?
Laundry is drying, we’ve had hot showers and we are sipping hot tea which means a cozy night in luxury. Z-Z-Z-Z…
Below is today’s video: