So on the 26th April 2011 I left Romford and travelled to Victoria Coach Station London for a 13 and a half hour trip to Inverness via Manchester,Preston,Glasgow,Perth,Aviemore on a Megabus Coach.
We arrived at Manchester, where we were told we could get off for 15 minutes.Ash and I got off and I grabbed a coffee and bag of crisps from the coach station shop, as we came out we saw our coach driving off!..... I thought its only been 5 minutes, the thought off being stranded in Manchester while the coach drove away with all our gear scared the hell out of me!! I threw my coffee in the air and sprinted off after the coach. I caught it up on the corner and the driver indicated he was driving round the block and was pulling up again. Relief and all that running for nothing plus no coffee :( lol. was a funny moment afterwards though.
We changed coaches at Perth and made our way through the Cairngorm National Park as the sun set.
We eventually arrived at Inverness Bus station at 2145 hours, where we then walked a couple of miles to Inverness SYHA where we had a bed for the night.
At 0530 hours the next morning on the 27th April 2011 we made our way back to Inverness Bus station to get the Citylink bus 919 to Fort William to climb Ben Nevis.
Arquhart Castle on the loch where the most sightings of the Loch Ness monster are made,
Fort Augustus and then towards Fort William where we got our first view of Ben Nevis from the bus.
Glen Nevis and the visitor centre where the path up Ben Nevis tourist path starts.
We crossed a bouncy bridge that had a sign saying "no more than 5 people on the bridge at a time" over the River Nevis.
|From||To||Distance (m)||Ascent (ft)||Descent (ft)|
|Ben Nevis Visitor's Centre||Ben Nevis summit||5.0||4478||118|
|Ben Nevis summit||Ben Nevis Visitor's Center||5.0||118||4478|
|Ben Nevis Visitor's Centre||Fort William Railway Station||1.8||131||167|
The track continues to rise as it skirts the western side of Meall an t-Suidhe, zigzagging twice and crossing a couple of streams by means of a couple of small metal bridges to reach 350 metres above sea level. The track then starts to veer northwards, following the western bank of the Red Burn Gully. Another, larger zigzag takes you up to the saddle between Ben Nevis to the east and Meall ant-Suidhe to the west at 570 metres above sea level.
The route started quite steeply and climbed up until we came to a view down to a loch.
The summit plateau is bounded on the north-eastern side by some very steep drops, including Tower Gully and Gardyloo Gully, which the path runs adjacent to. Be careful to avoid these gullies, particularly in winter when cornices may have formed over the edge.
We reached the summit in 3 hours and 10 minutes, Quite happy with that time,mainly due to Ash frog marching ahead of me!!
Inverness castle pictured above.
The Exchange Public house and watched the Champion league game Real Madrid v Barcelona and then some chips and a Scottish delicacy a Battered Mars Bar!
After a few hours sleep we were back up at 6am to catch the 0710 hours coach back to London.
Finally walked indoors at 10pm,knackered but what a great experience!