Easter in Ardgour Part 4 – The Walk Out and Drive Home   16 comments

Our final day in Glen Scaddle and we woke to another glorious morning of clear blue skies. It was wickedly cold again with the easterly breeze adding an extra bite

Sgurr a Chaorainn, Beinn na h-Uamha, Gleann Mhic Phail

Early morning

We took a whole host more photos as we savoured our surroundings before we had to head back home. Mornings like this are inspiring and depressing in equal measure. Inspiring as the soaring peaks and wild glens lift your spirits. Depressing in the knowledge that the following morning I’d be waking up to another day of work in a stifling office.

Glen Scaddle

Glen Scaddle

We enjoyed a fine breakfast. Well I did anyway (GM is still in the pigeon loft scrapings club). It was then time to break down the tent, pack up, take a last lingering look at our splendid home for the past 4 days, hoist the packs and trudge off

Glen Scaddle

Late Breakfast

Glen Scaddle, Sgurr Dhomhnuill, Carn na Nathrach

Breaking Camp

Glen Scaddle, Sgurr Dhomhnuill, Carn na Nathrach

Fond Farewell

The walk out was every bit as magnificent as the walk in (albeit with tired feet and a heavy heart). The views with sun now behind us were different and yet as always with a few days spent in the same area familiar and welcoming

Glen Scaddle

Heading Home

Glen Scaddle

The Long Walk

This time we decided against the riverside path and took the forestry track. Partly for a change of scene and partly for an easier walk. It was a result on both counts and despite my very sore feet I thoroughly enjoyed it. The views back up Glen Scaddle from a break in the forest at it’s highest point were particularly fetching

Glen Scaddle

GM & the Lone Pine

Glen Scaddle

Green on Brown

Glen Scaddle

The Wild Beauty of Glen Scaddle

Heading east, it was Ben Nevis that really held the attention and it was great to watch it become larger in view as we plodded back out

Glen Scaddle, Ben Nevis

GM on the Forest Track, Ben Nevis behind

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

I have to admit that I found the final couple of miles along the freshly gravelled track a real chore. My feet ached and the sack was a real burden even though I’d eaten a good portion of the weight. Probably it was just the low feeling of a cracking trip coming to an end. I was glad to reach the car, drop the weight for the last time and change into some clean clothes.

Ben Nevis, Glen Scaddle

The weight is off

The weather was still glorious and I enjoyed again the superb views while waiting for the Corran Ferry

Beinn a Bheithir, Corran Ferry

Beinn a Bheithir across the Corran Ferry

Corran Ferry

Corran Ferry

Scotland had one last treat for us. The drive through Glencoe was truly magnificent. The sky a deep blue and all the big summits were in full winter conditions. They were just begging to be climbed on such a perfect day but we had long journeys home and I had to content myself with the views from the car and a few photos taken through the windscreen.

Ardgour

Southern Ardgour from the A82

Pap of Glencoe

Pap of Glencoe from the A82

Glencoe

Glencoe

Pap of Glencoe

Glencoe

Buachaille Etive Mhor

Buachaille Etive Mhor

And that was it. We headed back to Berwick via the chippy in Callander and then for for another 5 hours back home to Hereford. It was a long and lonely drive but my head was swimming with memories of a spectacular trip, one that will live long in the memory and take some beating wherever we end up next Easter

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16 responses to “Easter in Ardgour Part 4 – The Walk Out and Drive Home

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  1. So wonderful sceneries when on driving and also hiking landscapes.

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  2. I can never get enough of Scotland either. Its rugged beauty. So untouched. Everything just seems to look & feel more dramatic up there. Great pics!
    PS: dreaded Monday morning office thought. I dig that ^_^

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    • I love it up there. Moving south a few years ago limits my return visits now but it makes the times I do spend there all the better.
      I think we can all sympathise with Monday morning blues 🙂

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  3. I love the look of your wild camping spot! Fab little find. Missing the mountains at present but every weekend I am off we are either tied to other commitments or the weather looks a wash out!

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    • One of the best wild sites I’ve had in a while. It was all laid on a plate including stunning weather. I’ve not been out for a couple of weekends, summer seems to be a little shy at the moment 😦

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  4. Stunning photos! A little too cold for me, but beautiful to look at 🙂

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    • Thanks Lesley, it was an amazing weekend of clear weather and sensational views. It was a little chilly in the mornings though – ice on the inside of the tent and frozen rivers! 🙂

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  5. You clearly chose a stunning spot for you trip. Like the road movie too.
    Did you take all of the back-packing essentials – a cucumber, a snorkel, a kite?

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    beatingthebounds
    • A fine glen that one. The trip back through Glence was awesome, would have been an amazing day on the tops.
      Alas the need for bacon sandwiches outweighed the need for fresh salad and Glen Miller impressions

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  6. It was that car that I passed, I parked just up the road at the start of the Cona Glen. I was thinking of leaving a note on the windscreen saying ‘get orf my land’ but was not sure if it was yours!

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    backpackingbongos

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