As I was in the hostel, I had bought some breakfast. I was able to have a relaxed meal, as Tricky and Alison were traveling from the east coast and would not arrive before 10.00.
I am feeling a little guilty that my large rucksack went into the car, and I only carried a day sack. This seemed sensible given the problem with my shin, and made the walk much easier.
The weather was good again, and we set off along the valley with wonderful views of Beinn Dorain. As we were busy chatting the walk to Bridge of Orchy passed quickly and we arrived just before 1.00pm.
Tricky caught the train back to Tyndrum while Alison and I went to the hotel for some lunch. Half an hour or so later Tricky returned, and he and I walked on to Inveroran, while Alison moved the car.
The river at the Bridge of Orchy was very low – and long may that continue. The walk through a plantation rose gently over a ridge, and soon Loch Tulla and Inveroran were in sight.
We had made good time, as Alison was just leaving the hotel to walk up and meet us, when we arrived around 3.30.
After tea and cake, Tricky and Alison set off to return home. We had all enjoyed the day, and I am very grateful that they took the trouble to travel so far to support me, as well as for lunch.
The hotel was friendly and comfortable, and I enjoyed venison for dinner. When I went out for a post-dinner walk I am sure that the deer I passed gave me disapproving looks.
It was a great pleasure to hear a cuckoo for the first time this year and also to see the swallows had returned at the Bridge of Orchy. Interestingly, at Inveroran I only saw house martins. Perhaps the birds have come to an arrangement over territory.