Feeling Today: 👍😎
So Far: 190.99 miles, 61:09 hours
There was a sharp, steep climb through woods to kick things off this morning to reach the high path. It was then a very straight forward walk along clearly defined tracks above the loch.
The views were very similar so you could simply look at yesterday’s photos …
But quite soon you can see the southern end of Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. I had a poor and chaotic lunch here, saved only by a couple of pints of McEwans 80 shilling (rocket fuel, Porky!).
I didn’t think much of Fort Augustus which was busy with traffic and tourists – fairly unpleasant overall – and didn’t bother searching for the priory and fort. This is where the Caledonian Canal accesses Loch Ness.
I was pleased to head off again, now along the canal, built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s to give a marine traverse of Scotland (and to generate jobs in the Highlands after the clearances).
At the Bridge of Oich I cut off onto the Invergarry Link of the Great Glen Way on the western side of Loch Oich. (I thought I’d left the Oichs behind in Fort Augustus …). This evening was meant to be my luxury stay-over so far but the Invergarry Hotel is pretty ordinary.
Feet are getting better I think. The bad news is that the midges are hatching or breeding or whatever they do early this year. May need to look for a burka in Fort William ….
Overheard in the bar:
“Well, tomorrow we could head for the Kyle of Lochalsh – you know, where the bridge is. We could go over to Skye“.
“What are you talking about? We’ve already got Sky.”
Meriel, check out the tartan :