The hostel trade is now showing signs of hotting up for the summer, so it’s getting increasingly difficult for us to get days out in the mountains together. The best we can manage is getting out separately, and today I was planning on heading out towards Glenfinnan to have a go at the Glenfinnan Horseshoe, a great-looking round route bagging two Munros along the way – Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachan. Although it was showering with rain when I left, there had also been patches of sunshine during the morning so I wasn’t too put off. Sadly as I drove closer to Glenfinnan the clouds came lower and lower, until eventually as I pulled up to the car park I couldn’t see a single glimpse of the hills I was planning to walk. Judging the length of the walk to be at least 6 hours’ worth, I decided I didn’t fancy this long a slog in the pouring rain with no views – it’d have to keep for another day. Instead I had noticed a small forestry commission car park along the road so turned around and headed back there.
I followed a large track for half an hour, until a small path led me away up a hill and over a stile. I followed this for a while until I came to the end of the path and what would have been a beautiful view in better weather. I turned around and followed the path back to the main track, but by this time the rain was really hammering down and I couldn’t see the point in going much further, so I turned around and followed the track back to the car feeling very disappointed.
My only consolation was the fact that I’d been able to test out my new Paramo waterproof trousers, which passed with flying colours. That and the fact that I’d stocked up on strawberry bonbons at the garage on the way and still had at least three quarters of a packet left for the drive home. Yum )