There isn’t a single road in the whole Britain as impressive as the one that takes you from the A986 to Applecross through the Bealach na Bà. The feeling of an alpine road, with its hairpin bends, plus the stunning views of the Wester Ross and the isles of the Inner Hebrides.
“Tourism is sin, and travel by foot, a virtue.” (Werner Herzog) And for me -after three months of chain tour guiding- a much needed penitence, a purification. So early this morning I took the bus to Ratho, a small village some miles south of Edinburgh airport to follow the path that goes to Fountainbridge, near the town centre, along the north bank of the Union Canal.
These are some notes and pictures I’ve taken during the walk. For a full description of the itinerary (just one stage of a longer route that allows you to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh through the towpaths of the Forth and Clyde and the Union Canal, visit Walk Highlands.