04-Sep-2005 -- This was to be the first of my concerted attempts to get to all the Scottish confluences in a week. The day before Anthony and I had climbed Ben Nevis via the CMD arete (a 10 hour walk) so we wanted something a bit less strenuous on the Sunday and I had to get Anthony back to Glasgow to catch the last train back to Birmingham.
This proved to be very strenuous. We checked out of the hotel in Fort William and drove the dozen miles or so to the car park and set out at about 9.30am. We got to the confluence at about 12.30pm. The terrain was in places steep although the path was good. We didn't see a single person until we got back to the car park at about 2.30pm.
The last stretch up the valley to the right altitude (a foot blistering, knee sapping 600m) was very trying and we eventually reached a spot about 15m above the confluence but the only place nearby with sufficiently level ground to sit down, eat lunch, and take some pictures.Pics 1-4 show the views North, East, South and West and Pic 6 shows the GPS, but the view to the south-east, taken at the confluence was best and shows Ben Nevis, and the Aonachs in almost perfect weather.
Despite allowing 3 hours for the 105 miles from Fort William to Glasgow some seemingly incomprehensible traffic jams and infuriating 2 day road works on the M8 meant that Anthony missed his train and had to stay another night in Greenock where tomorrow's attempt at 56N 5W would begin.