Day 4

Monday 15th May - Gorton Bothy to Lairig Ghallabhaich

I woke at 5am again and although the tent was in shadow it was obvious that the morning at least was going to be nice. I was away by 6:15 and passed under the railway line and pylons heading for the corner of the forestry, it was slow going as it was very wet and cut up by the ISDT which had passed this way. Looking back at 6:45 I was just able to see the sleeper heading for Fort William and then Clive following the track heading for Bridge of Gaur and Loch Rannoch.

I worked on a compass bearing and used the watch to check my height while heading towards Glen Daimh, I stopped for tea and my morning was before crossing over Carn Daimh. It was very steep dropping down the Eas Daimh but once I reached the loch the going eased and it was a pleasant wander along a good path to reach the road by 1:30.

I left the road at Gallin to walk through the grounds of Meggernie Castel and then stopped for tea at Bridge of Balgie where I found the new owners Peter & Mary who used to run the B&B in upper Glen Lyon at Dalchiorlich. While I was having my tea & scones and writing post cards a woman came in and said that she had seen a man "with out any clothes on" walking through the estate. I thought that she must mean me but ten minutes later Sam Hackett came in and he was wearing a vest and shorts and from behind he would have looked naked!

As I was leaving at 4:30 Richard & Lettia Bannister arrived, they were picking up a parcel and heading for Kinloch Rannoch still another 16km over the Lairig Ghallabhaich. I left then to their tea and headed for Innerwick where I turned north up the Lairig to find a spot for the night. I decided to see why my left heel as sore an pulled the skin off with the Compeed, I won't try that again. I will have to see how it is in the morning as I have a hard day planned over the tops and there does not seem to be an easy way round but if it rains heavily tomorrow I may have to take that option anyway.

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