September 5, 2015: Kinlochleven to Fort William
While gazing over at the campers cooking their breakfasts, I do a last-minute check to see if I have everything. Yes, I remembered to get our sandwiches out of the hostel refrigerator and pack them in my backpack. (I have been known to forget!)
We start our day with Laura from Berlin. I often find myself thinking of her and hope all is going well with her life.
What a beautiful site for wild camping, overlooking the town of Kinlochleven. Beautiful weather today and hikers seem to be going at a leisurely pace as if savoring their last day of hiking.
Joan, AKA The Beast, is ready to tackle the last leg of the hike with Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the U.K., in the background.
We are fortunate to be able to share part of this last day with Mike and Stacy (Ireland/Ukraine) as we descend into Fort William. Such a lovely pair…
This is the last we see of Leon and his gang from Holland as they are staying in the campground just outside of Fort William. We notice they still have energy to play tricks. Oh, to be so young again.
We see many runners from the Ben Nevis race walking back to their vehicles with their medals and trophies. Apparently, I didn’t have enough energy to pull out the camera. After walking 16 miles today, I don’t think we’ll attempt Ben Nevis.
Maybe, some other time.
Mike and Stacy are going on through town to pay homage to the new end of the trail, but we are close to our check-in deadline for the B & B so we must bid them farewell. Sad to see them go.We appear to be faking glee and excitement. Maybe we are a little disappointed to not have all of our WHW friends cheering with us at the end.
Hold on.. Who is that I see chatting in the distance? No, it can’t be. Yes, it is!!! Mandy just happens to appear along our route.
Later, we meet up with Mandy and Karen at a the Grog and Gruel Pub, popular with the Ben Nevis race crowd as you can see by the race numbers in the background. The fun-loving Scottish gentlemen in these photos are our photographers tonight so that we could get some group photos. You can’t help but love the Scottish people.
We also spend time this evening visiting with a minister from Canada on sabbatical doing research. I can’t remember her research topic… Could an evening in the pub provide inspiration for a few sermon topics?Cheers to the West Highland Way!
96 miles and we did the WHOLE thing! We may walk slowly, but we never walk backward.
Here is the video of our last day hiking the West Highland Way: