This was our last hiking day and it was rather short. In the afternoon we had to leave for Glasgow because our flight waited on us the following day. From the top of the mountain we even saw the burial ground we passed by two days ago. It’s the last picture and it’s the place next to the river with the huge trees.
So this meant saying goodbye to the mountains and to walking everyday. It was great! We’ll come back!
After that nice foot bath the path left the shore of the river and became intense and steep and when I was ready to take a stop on the top of a hill we had this most amazing view down a huge valley: A gigantic waterfall fell from the mountains down to a green valley with a meandering clear river, some colored points caused by tents, birds singing and and butterflies surrounding us.
We wanted to do a small hike today and we chose to walk along River Nevis to Lower Falls. Wonderful views to the surrounding mountains accompanied us and a very mysterious and picturesque abandoned burial ground lays peacefully next to the river.
Next to Lower Falls I got an ice cream from a pink ice cream truck when I saw an old man starring eagerly at the mountains. He said only one sentence to me, but this sentence really caught me and didn’t let me go. Read the story on the bottom of the pictures.
We had to leave our cute clamping hut this morning and woke up in the rain but when we left we saw some glorious lights over Loch Ness. This day we hiked through another magic forest along the Caledonian Canal. Just follow the canal from Fort Augustus.
Fort Augustus is interesting for the Caledonian Canal Staircase Locks. Otherwise it is very overcrowded with tourists. But we had a wonderful day with a little bit of fog and with great lights which enlightened the flat landscape around the canal very beautifully.
We made our way through the mountains that day. The ground was wet and swampy and we had some difficulties finding our way, because where there was a path once, there was now a tiny creek. But as always the landscape was vast and beautiful and on a plateau we saw a boothy already from far away. We didn’t know at the time that something like that exists here and we were quite staggered by the welcoming atmosphere around and inside of it. There was a guestbook and we saw that there have been many international overnight guests during the last days.
We had a short walk to the beach next to Eilean Mor today. Unfortunately the tide has been high so we weren’t able to cross over to the tiny Islands with partly sandy beaches we saw from above. It was just before fathers day (in Germany) and I thought a lot of my Dad these days. I remembered when he taught me how to let a flat stone jump in a lake when I was a kid and also that I wasn’t able to do it. But he didn’t give up and eventually I succeeded once or twice out of hundreds of throws. Today I just took a stone between to fingers how he showed me and threw it into the sea. It jumped four times. I don’t need to visit your grave, Dad, to be aware that you’re here somehow. In me.
Today we made just a little excursion to two villages, Arnisdale and Corran, at the end of the public road at Loch Hourn opposite to the Knoydart, the most remote area in Scotland. Our goal was to visit famous Sheenas Tea Hut in Corran, but it was closed. We had a very good time in this picturesque places anyway and imagined, how it would be living here at the end of the world.