There was no avoiding the weather this morning. The rain and wind were upon us and the forecast looked grimmer as the day progressed. We bundled up with our rain gear and out the door we went. Today’s stretch was through the barren and remote Rannoch Moor, one of Europe’s last remaining areas of genuine wilderness. This is an area that is often very windy and wet, with no shelter until the Glencoe Ski Resort about 9.5 miles into the hike or a half mile further, the Kings House Hotel.
After the first hour of our hike, light rain and wind turned to heavy rain and wind. We pulled out our reserves (ponchos), and grabbed some snacks to eat on the go and kept marching till our accommodations!Despite the heavy rain and wind, we still managed to smile and have fun. It wouldn’t have been a full experience on the WHW without massive wind and sideways rain!
Our accommodations that evening were in a bunkhouse, as the Kings House Hotel was under renovations. Apparently the renovations wouldn’t be finished for another couple of years. In the meantime the bunkhouse and the ski resort provide this areas only options of places to stay.
That evening, several deer came through the site. We quickly realized why about 12 deer huddled right by the restaurant… they were fed by restaurant staff and sometimes by willing trekkers 🙂
Up next, Kings House Hotel to Kinlochleven
Keep on Trekking!