Walking the West Highland Way – Day 3: Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse

Today’ we walk 13m/21km from Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse including 10 miles across Rannoch Moor. According to our excellent guide book “this is the remotest and wildest section of the whole Way, there are no escape routes, nor is there much shelter … so come prepared as the weather here is notoriously cruel.” We get up early, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Bridge of Orchy hotel and set off before 9am.

We are very lucky with the weather and enjoy great views and sunshine for most of the way. The actual walking is easier than on previous days as we follow a drove road, a wide path originally used to “drive” sheep across the moor. I struggle with blisters from about halfway but with the help of several blister plasters I manage to keep going. We reach Glencoe Ski Centre around 2pm and after a tea break we eventually reach Kingshouse at 3pm.

Our B&B for the next three nights in Glencoe is another 12 miles from here. There is no path and the only connection is a very busy road at the bottom of the valley. We had planned to catch a bus but end up calling a taxi as the next bus is not due for another two hours. We drive through Glen Coe, a spectacular valley used frequently as a film location. Our driver has apparently worked on some of the Harry Potter films and is about to start working for the new James Bond film! The views are breathtaking and we feel very privileged to have such brilliant weather.

I can’t wait to get out of my walking boots. After a quick shower at our very nice B&B, we go out again (I am wearing flipfls for the next 2 days!) to make the most of the views and the amazing light. We enjoy a spectacular sunset over Loch Leven before having dinner at the only pub nearby.


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