The Macdonald Hotel
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... on the outbound ride, and when we went through the tunnels, the smoke and ash came in through the open windows. On the return trip, that did not happen as much because then we were the last coach of the train. While we were stopped in Mallaig, the locomotive moved around to the opposite end of the train. We did not see that operation. They do not have room for the train to make a u-turn in the Mallaig station.
In Mallaig we had about ...
... and most were traveling light and moving on. The b&b hosts were really hospitable...glad we got a room with them, since they are usually full.
We had a great Scottish breakfast in the morning, then hiked part way up a hill close by to see a waterfall, although it had been dry, so wasn't quite as large. Then we traveled the 6 miles back along beautiful Loch Leven to Glencoe Village, where we walked a level path about a mile around a ...
... right at a little cairn, following a stream through the trees, coming out onto open moorland at Na Chapanan. It seemed quite easy going to reach Carn Liath and the views over to Creag Meagaidh were lovely, with cloud looking to lift off the summit, so we pressed on for the next summit.
We walked along the gently undulating tops to the second peak of Stob Poite Coire Ardair, by which ...
... on this part. There are 2 summits so we visited both (it'd be a travesty not to have visited the 'right one'),
before descending through a short squall on the descent before crossing the boggy Col at 600m, ready to start the ascent up Beinn a Chaorainn. We had good views over loch Treig at this point,
the grey corries and Aonoch mor and Beag.
However we watched them disappear ...
... snow line. It has the name of devil's staircase - not because its so tough to walk but because men working on the dam beyond frequently died travelling back across the pass after drinking at Kingshouse.
After the mad scramble out of Kingshouse there was a group of folk making the ascent together and a bit of a photo stop at the top with Buachaille Etive Mor in the background. A few minutes later the sky opened and I finally had my highlands moment - snow, wind, rain!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Macdonald Hotel Kinlochleven
They are charging only £10 overnight for a wooden cabin by the Loch and for single occupancy too!
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