TGO Challenge 2017: Day 1 – Oban to Cadderlie Bothy

I left the hotel around at 0915. I spoke to Margaret and David Brocklehurst at the hostel. They were also heading for the Kingshouse in Glencoe (eventually).


The weather was fine. I headed up the road and met up with Mark Robertson for a while. We had a chat about the Deeside Way as he was using that route this year and I went that way in 2015. We parted at the Glen Lonan road. He was heading for Taynuilt and I was following the railway to Connal. The minor road and eventually land rover track to Connal was quiet after I left the road and the large stables behind. There was no place open for a cup of tea in Connel that I was passing (an instant coffee offered by the “open all day” Oyster bar was declined), so I headed over the bridge. Then it was a long road walk to Bonawe Quarry, with quite a lot of traffic including lorries heading for the quarry. I caught up with Laurence Baldwin who was having a break and we passed each other a few times during the day.


P1000075Eventually I reached Bonawe Quarry. This is a large working quarry. There is a bypass path on the left of the quarry which goes past a nice viewpoint, put eventually you still have to walk through a bit of the quarry.  I had a chat to an excavator driver who gave me a brief history of the quarry, then headed on.

There’s a noose loose aboot the hoose.

I passed a bizarre item, it looked like gallows, on the beach. No point hanging about here. It seemed an age to get to Cadderlie. Most of the burns were dry and I was running out of water. At Cadderlie, Laurence was already there along with three guys who go on bothy adventures a few times a year. Later on, Darren Cox arrived.




Me on the left, Darren next to me. Laurence is on the far right

Rather than camping I decided to stay at the bothy as it was a bit midge-ish. A big fire outside organised by the three other guys kept the midges at bay.


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