After spending an enjoyable day off in Fort William last Thursday, we set off on the Great Glen Way, which runs from Fort William to Inverness.
The Great Glen is a different type of walk, much more “pedestrian” as one crusty old hiker described it, and indeed we had to shift mental gears to appreciate the much flatter valley walk after 9 days in the Highlands. The walk goes through a valley and follows a series of lochs connected by the Caledonian canal, but the easier walking does leaves more room for the mind to wander and reflect.
The weather continues to be reasonable—cloudy with showers, but no constant rain. Yesterday, day 4, from Laggan to Fort Augustus, was glorious with warm weather and sunshine. Fort Augustus was a good place to enjoy it—a small town where five locks form the major centre and source of entertainment. Like many others, we enjoyed a pub lunch at one of the picnic benches by the canal and watched a big cruise boat go through the locks.
Today we had a short walk—only about 12 km—to Invermoriston. Looking at the forecast, which predicted 60% chance of rain by 11 a.m., we decided to leave early and stay ahead of the rain. We had the option of a high- or low-route and chose the high-route. It was described as more scenic with great views of Loch Ness. We are glad we did; it was absolutely worth the extra climbing.
Finally, apologies for initially posting the pictures without any text; the post got published by accident. Blogging from an phone can be a challenge!