21st April – Rowardennan to Inverarnan

20190421 A still morning on Loch Lomond
A still morning on Loch Lomond

After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast I left the hostel at 8.35.  John was walking down from the Drovers’ Inn at Inverarnan, and we anticipated meeting up around Inversnaid.

20190421 Primroses and violetsInitially the walking was easy on a good forest track with the inevitable ups and downs.  It was another fine day and the early morning mist soon began to clear.  In a few weeks’ time it will be a superb walk as more spring flowers come through.  The woods will be mass of bluebells, but the primroses and violets made a fine show.  The views west are hampered by the trees, so I was pleased to see the distinct outline of The Cobbler on the horizon.

20190421 The Cobbler - Ben Arthur
The Cobbler (Ben Arthur

Around 11.15 the Inversnaid Hotel appeared, with a beautiful waterfall which was crossed by a footbridge.

20190421 Inversnaid hotel
Inversnaid Hotel and waterfall

I dumped my rucksack at a table, went and bought tea, and returned to find John just arriving, perfect timing.

In the next section the path crosses some rocky ground in a switchback manner.

20190421 Path to Inverarnan
The Path to Inverarnan

Rocky scrambles and tight squeezes were the order of the day.

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A tight squeeze…  Made it!

20190421 Canada goose sharing the trail
Which way to Canada?

At one point a disoriented goose shared the path with us as did some feral goats.

By now we were beginning to think about lunch, so it was a relief when my phone rang and Eben and Jack, my grandchildren, were on the line.  The perfect excuse for a stop.  Technology is wonderful.

Returning to the fray, a very steep set of steps marked the end of the worst of the terrain.  Ardlui appeared on the opposite bank of the Loch, and we were nearing our destination.

20190421 Ardlui
Ardlui

A couple more ridges were crossed before dropping down to the Drovers’ Inn where we arrived just after 4.00.

20190421 Drovers Inn
Drovers’ Inn

John and I had an early dinner and attempted to rehydrate before John returned home.  I am very grateful for the support of my friends.  John traveled from Edinburgh to accompany me today, and his excellent company meant the time passed quickly.  Tomorrow I will be on my own again, before meeting up with Tricky and Alison on Tuesday at Tyndrum.

20190421 John taking a break
John taking a break

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