West Highland Way.

8/5/11 Sunday.
Yesterday was wet but we dried out late afternoon on the Bye the way Campsite at Tyndrum, as well as wigwams (that seem to have become omnipresent across the Western Highlands) they have a cooking and washing facility and a good drying room of which we made full use once again starting the day with dry boots. Can you see a pattern developing here? Yes, the tents were wet and once again it was raining when we set off, not to do a monroe as we had hoped but to walk to Kings House at the head of Glencoe via Bridge of Orchy over Ranoch Moor along the WHW. Once again the forecast for the tops (and the fact we could not see them) put us off. Quite honestly the walk across Telfords drove road, built in early Victorian times by order of parliament to improve comerce as the old military road was falling apart, was hard enough. We had lunch sheltering under one of the good solid bridges over the many burns feeding the lochans of The Bog of Scotland, it was dripping water on us and we were glad to be there. It was that bad. There was a brief point as we approached Inverorran that the cloud lifted and excellent light and clarity gave good views but it was not until the approach to Kingshouse that the day looked up.
We pitched our soaking tents, at the Oxymoron (previously mentioned keep up) just over the burn from the Kings House and while things dried in the over late sunshine we saw 3 deer paddling in the stream. They were not shy and we learnt later while having dinner that they are fed from the back door.
The forecast is again poor for tomorrow so we will probably continue the WHW, this may result in a day early finish in which case a restful day on a train back to Glasgow is possible to pick up Tony’s Landrover.