Petesy and a few pals were planning a West Highland Way endurance test with an overnight at Tyndrum so we had arranged to meet up with them in the Real Food Cafe on Saturday evening.
Jamie also had a few days off and decided to fly up from Manchester to join us on Saturday before heading off for a Corrour wild camp. So we picked up Jamie at Glasgow Airport and headed off to Arrochar to do the Cobbler. Absolutely glorious day as we headed up to the Narnain Boulders.
Elaina and Jamie heading towards the Cobbler
Jamie couldn’t resist climbing on to one of the boulders with almost disastrous consequences…!
Jamie trying to fall off one of the Narnain Boulders!
Elaina's balancing act!
We were on the summit by 2pm but not before we met a young lad Kieran who proudly told us that he was “conquering the mountain” on his own as none of his pals were into hillwalking. Further enquiries found out that he was 14 years old and that while he had juice he had no food! So Elaina offered him a Snickers bar and we gave him advice on the easiest way down. We were well impressed that a young lad should be out in the hills on his own but something just wasn’t quite right…more on this later…!
Of course Jamie had not done the Cobbler before so had to “thread the needle”. I’d done it before so offered to take the role of photographer…well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Elaina and Jamie threading the Needle
Time was getting on and as we had a rendezvous in Tyndrum we decided to take the easy way down round the back. At the Narnain Boulders we met up with Sandy who had spent last night wild camping on Ben Lomond and had decided to join us for a fish supper!
As we wound our way down the track we came across young Kieran again who was now walking with a group with another young lad. That’s nice we thought, he’s met up with a family and he’s made a pal! But then it became obvious from a comment made by one of the adults that Kieran was part of the family! Ah well, so he wasn’t actually on his own, he’d obviously just gone on ahead from his family when we met him earlier, still we could forgive him for having his own little adventure and good luck to him in his future hillwalking career. Still not sure about the Snicker bar though!
So onto Tyndrum to meet up with ptc and co. We waited…and waited…Jamie had to leave to get his train to Corrour…we had our fish suppers…and hot chocolates…we were getting worried by this point as it was 8.45pm by this time but the lads staggered in for well deserved suppers of various descriptions and copious amounts of coffee!
All in all a cracking day, made even better by getting free fish suppers following a misunderstanding with our order…10 out of 10 for customer service to the Real Food Cafe…although I suspect the fact they know we are regular customers may have had something to do with it!