This was not the backpack that I’d planned. I had hoped to have spent a night out on the Affric Kintail Way, but a badly stubbed toe and then a few days of horrendous rain, put paid to that idea.
We couldn’t hang about waiting for the weather to improve either, as we had to be in Killin to meet up with someone, so for the sake of a night out I quickly hatched another plan.
I got Geoff to drop me off at Lochearnhead, and Pebbles and I would broadly take the Rob Roy Way to Killin, camping out in the process.
Not a lot to say really, other than it did not inspire me to walk the whole of the Rob Roy Way!
The weather was very hot (nice), but we had trouble finding a pitch for the night, close to water. There is a reservoir on the moors near Killin, but with the edges of it being sloping setts, it wasn’t the safest place to pick up water. In the end, I filtered 4 litres from a ditch and carried it a mile to a spot at the edge of the forest we would be going through the next day, to reach Killin.
An ok pitch then, but not exactly scenic and also fairly close in to habitation.
In the end, we did 11 miles on that first day instead of the planned 9, and Pebbles was definitely ready to stop when we finally got pitched!
We did have a peaceful night however, and the sun was once again up early and shining brightly the next morning, for our short walk to the caravan site to meet up with Geoff and Islay.