Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Great Glen Way

Sunday 24 July: Inverness to Drumnadrochit (20 miles). Cloudy, then warm and sunny with cooling breeze. Good to be on a well-maintained waymarked path away from traffic. From the River Ness I climb up through pine woodland to reach the paths highest point before dropping down to Loch Ness with fine views across the loch to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Voted by CAMRA as the best pub in the Highlands the Benleva Hotel in pretty Drumnadrochit is a great place for a cool pint of delicious Orkney Ale, cheers.
Tuesday 26: Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston (15 miles). Warm with white cloud and a light breeze. Finish the day with a meal and several pints of Skye Brewery's Red Cullin ale in the Invermoriston Hotel, nice. Wednesday 27: Invermoriston to Laggan Locks (17 miles). Early morning midges driven away by bright sun and clear blue skies and I'm off down the Great Glen for a picnic lunch at the staircase of pretty canal locks at Fort Agustus. In the afternoon it's an easy canalside walk to Loch Oich and on to British Waterway's (BW's) campsite at Laggan Locks.
Thursday 28: Laggan Locks to Gairlochy Locks (11 miles). White cloud with light drizzly spells. A day along forest tracks above Loch Lochy and I stop for the night at BW's campsite at Gairlochy Locks but then it's an long 7 mile return walk to Spean Bridge for dinner. It's worth it, best fish & chips in Scotland.

Friday 29: Gairlochy Locks to Fort William: (16 miles): Warm sunny Summers day. Once again a pleasant canalside stroll this time to Neptune's Staircase of locks and Fort William.
Photos along the Great Glen Way. So far I've walked a total of 214 miles.

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