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The town of Kinlochleven, the second to last on the Way, is definitely my favorite so far. It's small enough that we can walk across town in just a few minutes, there are several places to stay, and several places to eat. And it has a pretty park in the middle, next to a climbing gym and gear store. I've heard that Fort William is a little over-the-top touristy, but this place is just right in every way.
And here we are in Fort William to finish this hike. It's pouring buckets, hence the relative lack of people on the street. Lucky for us, we have a nice place booked for two nights, so we get to dry off, sleep in cozy beds, and listen to the rain come down outside. On to being tourists for a few days.
It's been raining so hard, and the trail has been so crowded with racers, that we decided to take a shortcut into town to finish the hike. In this case, it turns out the shortcut is actually more scenic (because the scenery on the trail is the inside of a cloud). We get a few hours of wandering through sheep farms on the hillsides. Everything here is so pretty.
A long-abandoned husk of a house. A pair of Belgians we ran into today told us the Highlands have a blemish on their history, when the clan leaders or landowners drove their people off their land and burned their houses in order to make more money by herding sheep. I'll have to look into this some more.
Pretty soon, we're walking up a long valley between Kinlochleven and Fort William. We can't see far, but it seems to me that we're more or less in a pass. I still think it's gorgeous, although I was just nearly run over by a mountain biker who came whizzing around a corner. And there are hundreds and hundreds of ultra-runners charging out of Fort William, so it's a very busy trail today.