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Scotland long distance walks: West Highland Way – part 3

Today was day 3 and I was going to trek from Rowardennan to Crianlarich, a distance of 32 kms (20 miles).

It began to rain during the early hours.

A footbridge on the forest path.

A footbridge on the forest path.

This stretch is mostly forestry track following the eastern shore of Loch Lomond with occasional diversions onto a rocky path with crags and boulders.

Soon I arrived at Inversnaid – a village on the east bank of Loch Lomond, near the north end of the loch. It has a pier and a hotel. A small passenger ferry runs from Inversnaid to Inveruglas on the opposite shore of the loch.

The harbour at Inversnaid.

The harbour at Inversnaid.

The village became notable in 2010, when Inversnaid primary school was deemed to cost £54,000 per pupil, making it the most expensive primary school in the UK on a per capita basis.

The next section of the walk is by far the roughest section of the Way. The path is very rough going through the forest with many up and downs as one climbs over boulders, rocks and fallen trees.

About 1km north of Inversnaid is Rob Roy’s Cave. This is not a cave but a pile of rocks on top of each other forming a crevice. This was one of the bandit’s hideouts.

Eventually the Way emerges on an open gravel shore bay.

This could had been a nice picnic stop if it wasn't raining.

This could had been a nice picnic stop if it wasn’t raining.

By now it was raining very heavy now and my cotton fur was getting very soggy.

I was getting very wet!

I was getting very wet!

I put the stove on for a quick coffee whilst sheltering under a tree.

I was hoping for the rain to stop.

I was hoping for the rain to stop.

Carrying on in the rain, the Way leaves Loch Lomond. Across the loch was the village of Ardlui where a ferry can be taken during the summer months.

The last sight of Loch Lomond.

The last sight of Loch Lomond.

The path follow an old pathway towards Inverarnan. Here is the popular stopping point the Drovers’ Inn. It is a favourite with walkers with its range of good value meals and selection of beers and whiskies. It is well worth a visit, if only to see the collection of stuffed animals and birds.

Leaving Inveraran, the path starts a steady ascent out of the Loch Lomond basin.

The path follows the old military road.

The path follows the old military road.

The path follows the river Falloch through a succession of gorges, rocky rapids, short cascades, cauldrons and wide dark peaty pools with short stretches of smooth water in between.

The way follows the river Falloch.

The way follows the river Falloch.

The path follows the river.

The Falls of Falloch.

The Falls of Falloch.

About two kilometres after the falls is the farm of Derrydarroch.

Derrydarroch farm is a working farm.

Derrydarroch farm is a working farm.

Here at the farm the Way crosses the river at a bridge.

An old shed at Derrydarroch Farm.

An old shed at Derrydarroch Farm.

The Way passes under a railway and road by a “sheep creep”.

This tunnel was very low.

This tunnel was very low.

The weather was getting worst with the rain.

The weather was getting worst.

The weather was getting worst.

The path takes another old military road going uphill towards a conifer plantation.

The way follows an old military road.

The way follows an old military road.

At the fence of the forest, the path spilts into two. The Way leads to the left whilst a path to the right leads to the village of Crianlarich. This is the half way point of the West Highland Way.

It was raining very heavy now and it was 7pm.

It was getting dark and raining heavy.

It was getting dark and raining heavy.

I was soaking so I put up my tent for the night in the forest.

To be continued….

For more information on the West Highlands Way please visit:

www.west-highland-way.co.uk

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My trip to Iceland 2012 – part 3

Today I was going to see Southern Iceland on the South tour trip. Unfortunately the weather was bad but you all know me – nothing stops me getting out and doing things.

My first stop of the day was to see an icy glacier. I headed over to Sólheimajökull glacier on the Southern coast of Iceland.

The glacier shadows active volcanos in the far distance.

The glacier views was stunning.

The Sólheimajökull glacier with the black lava sand in the foreground.

The ground all around me was blackened due to the nearby volcanoes.

I forgot my scarf and wooly hat!

It was cold here, so I did not stay long.

I headed to the beach to see the Puffins that are located here, but the weather was soooooo cold that even the Puffins migrated to Fiji for the summer. I saw none.

The beaches were made up of black lava sand.

The beach was very blackened too.

It was chilly on this beach, not sexy bikini outfit weather at all!

Somehow, I didn’t feel like stripping off and doing a wee bit of sunbathing on this beach.

The sand was black all around my wee feet.

The rock formations of the coastline was weird.

Impressive rock formations on the coastline.

It eventually stopped raining and I headed to the Skógar museum to learn about Icelandic culture and heritage.

The museum had a number of traditional Icelandic houses on show.

Old traditional Icelandic houses had grass growing on it roof tops! Not sure how one is suppose to get an electric lawnmower up onto the roof top without causing injury.

It was so windy that my arms got into a twist!

Althrough the rain has stopped, it was very windy. At times I thought I was going to be blown away but luckly for me, my stitches held fine.

I went to see Skógafoss waterfall which is on the old southern coastline but now the coastline had receded about 5 kms seawards due to volcanic activity.

The waterfall is the old sea cliffs of the South coast.

The waterfall is 60 metres high and I went to the top of it for a view from the top.

A rainbow is seen in the waterfall.

It is said that on a clear day, two rainbows can be seen at this waterfall.

This waterfall was 60 metres in height.

I headed along the Route 1 highway following the coastline until I came across the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which is pronounced er… um… err-jaff-go-skull volcano. Something like that!

This volcano erupted in 2010 causing massive ash clouds all over Europe thus disrupting air travel to and from Europe. I almost had to cancel my 2010 Mount Everest trip because of this eruption as I was flying to Nepal via Bangkok from London . But as you all know, I made it to Nepal and set the record to become the first cuddly toy to conquer Mount Everest. Read about it here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/my-trip-to-mount-everest-nepal-in-2010-part-1/

A photo of Eyjafjallajökull volcano taken from Route 1 highway.

After seeing the volcano that is now silent, I went to see another 60 metre high waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a nice one to visit as it is possible to walk behind it.

It is possible to walk behind this waterfall.

I headed back to Reykjavík to warm up my wet damp cotton fur and a hot tub sauna with naked Icelandic chicks was going to warm me up quickly.

To be continued….

For more information about Iceland please visit:

www.visiticeland.com


My trip to Iceland 2012 – part 2

Today I was going to see the countryside on what is known as the Golden Circle Classic Tour.

The tour includes a visit to Thingvellir National Park – the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world.  Then was going to see the Gullfoss, Iceland’s famous waterfall and finally to the Geysir area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble.

My first stop of the tour was to see Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir). This is the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mountains in the distance still had snow on.

The park is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The park marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the where the continential plates of America and Europe meet.

The valley formed by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Lava is seen here that had set into the landscape.

Lava thousands of years old is seen all around Iceland.

I was enjoying the day out.

The views were amazing.

Next I went to Gulloss the waterfall.

The water spray turned to ice on the far side of the waterfall.

Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

I stayed behind the safety fence.

After the waterfall I was off to the Geysir area. Due to the high rate of volcanic activity in Iceland, it is home to some of the greatest geysers in the world.

Geysers and hot springs that erupts into jets of hot water and steam.

The water is said to be 80 degrees.

The Great Geysir which first erupted in the 14th century, gave rise to the word geyser but this geyser rarely erupts these days.

The nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every 5 to 8 minutes to a height of some 30 metres.

The water erupts up to thirty metres in height.

The eruptions are every 5 to 8 minutes.

The water spurts out every 5 to 8 minutes and to a height of thirty metres.

After seeing the geysers, I went to see the inactive Kerið volcano crater.

This volcano is inactive.

This volcano has not errupted for 3000 years.

I was hoping this volcano did not erupt soon!

After seeing the volcano, I went to the church at Skálholt.

This church is popular with tourists.

The church at Skálholt is relatively large in comparison to most Icelandic churches.

The light reflected off the walls.

The light from the stained glass windows gave a spooky feel.

I headed back to Reykjavík to check out the Icelandic girls in the nightclubs.

To be continued….

For more information about Iceland please visit:

www.visiticeland.com


Scotland long distance walks: Fife Coastal Path – part 2

I was on my way in my trek.

Leaving North Queensferry, I was approaching the old industrial area of the Firth of Forth.

This area used to be heavy in industry, now it lays in waste.

The path follows a old industrial area.

The path follows the old industrial Inner Bay at Inverkeithing.

This area had an sense of history.

This bay told a story of industrial Britain history.

This old jetty was disused.

The Forth Rail Bridge could be seen behind me.

It was possible to see the bridges behind me with good views back to the Forth Bridge.

Soon I came in Dalgety Bay, which had just been exposed as a site for radioactive dumping during the war.

This church became disuse around 1830.

The path headed inland to avoid the gas terminal. The path rejoined the coast at the little fishing village of Aberdour.

This harbour was a good place for lunch.

I stopped here for a little lunch.

The path passes through woods with this waterfall.

The path followed the coastline.

Soon I came across Seafield Tower, I heard seals here but never saw any.

This ruined castle dates back to the 16th century.

The Fife Coastal Path then passes through Kirkcaldy. But, luckly for me, the tide was out so I walked along the beach rather then the 1.5 km promenade of Kirkcaldy seafront.

The tide was out so I walked along the beach.

At the far end of Kirkcaldy bay was Ravenscraigs Castle built for King James II.

This ruin castle was engulfed by Kirkcaldy.

This castle was engulfed by Kirkcaldy town but was a pleasent surprise to see in the town.

Me at Ravenscraig Castle.

I stopped here for a bite to eat and coffee using my camping stove.

This castle was big and impressive.

I had a good look around.

This castle was in ruins but still impressive.

The castle gave a superb vantage point along the coastline.

Overlooking the beach at Kirkcaldy.

Through Ravenscraig Park was the dovecot.

This old dovecot was used to provide meat for the castle.

Eventually the path continues through a tunnel that has been cut into the rocks.

The tunnel emerge on to Dysart Harbour.

At the other end of the tunnel was the village of Dysart.

Dysart Harbour was picturesque with the famous restored Harbourmaster's House in the background.

Dysart is famous for it newly restored 16th century Harbourmaster’s House, a listed building.

Outside Dysart was this old coal mine that shut down just after the miners strike of the 1980s.

This old mine was closed in the 1980s.

The path follows across an attractive bay, with the cottages of  West Wemyss visible at the far end.

The bay led to the village of West Wemyss.

I stopped here for a snack.

The weather was sunny.

I had been on my wee feet all day and the stitches in my poorly cotton feet were coming apart. So, I needed to set up camp for the night and sew myself up again.

The sun was setting and time to pitch up camp.

I was almost halfway on my long trek.

To be continued….

For more information on this leg of the Fife Coastal Path please visit:

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fife-stirling/n-q-burntisland.shtml

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fife-stirling/burntisland-east-wemyss.shtml