After yesterday’s exertions up Ben Vorlich, we wanted to get some fresh air and exercise without pushing ourselves too hard, so opted to follow the Rob Roy Way along Loch Lubnaig. The trail is sheltered in parts so the showers didn’t really bother us, and it certainly wasn’t cold in June. It is a popular route though so you need to be alert to a steady stream of cyclists – not ideal for Rich as I kept having to move him out of the way before there was an accident. Some cyclists seem to be completely oblivious to the possibility that other humans might not be able to hear them. If you’re not hearing impaired, you can also hear the steady stream of traffic from the A84 that runs on the opposite side of the loch. It was easy to tune this out in the rain, but could get annoying in the holiday period when traffic increases.

We stopped for a snack at the Roinn Ghainmheach spit, making a mental note of how perfect it would be as a wild swimming spot should we return, and then retraced our steps to the very friendly Broch cafe on the outskirts of Strathyre. It’s owned by a family who also run a bed and breakfast in the village, and they make muddy walkers and dogs feel very welcome. The food is all home cooked, and our jacket potatoes with beans and cheese went down a treat. I did however make the silly mistake of assuming that as we were in Scotland just after the Brexit vote, and the owners owned a business dependent on tourism, that they’d automatically have voted to stay in Europe. Fortunately they weren’t at all peeved, and it led to a very interesting and jovial chat about politics, protest votes, and eventually to mountaineering and a consensus that west coast Scotland is one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

A perfect wild swim spot
A perfect wild swim spot

 

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