A short day (only 40km) and an easy ride on a beautiful sunny morning. The day started early as I woke up around 6 a.m. Since I felt wide awake and Roy seemed still very asleep, I decided to walk to the beach, just 2-3 minutes from our B&B, and watch the day wake up. (I can’t say: “watch the sun rise”, because it had already risen at 4 a.m. when I was stil fast asleep.)
After a good breakfast and friendly goodbye from our hosts, we went on our way. The elevation profile for today showed a steep climb at the start, which turned out to be not too bad. Since we’d made good progress and would arrive early in Inverness, we decided to take it easy and include a stop for coffee at Culloden, about 30km into the ride. From there we’d have a short, easy ride into Inverness.
Culloden is a historic battle field and a tourist attraction, so I figured there must coffee. As it turned out, the bike route didn’t take us past the battle fields and tourist centre. Just as I was moping to Roy: “All I want is a cute little hotel or restaurant and have a nice coffee and treat” we turned a corner and Culloden House Hotel appeared. It fit the bill. We cycled up the drive and were served coffee and scones in the lounge. If it hadn’t been for my cycling clothes, I would have felt I was in an episode of Downton Abbey. Quite fun.
Fortunately we were able to check in to our B&B early and then spent a few hours exploring Inverness. We won’t make it down the Loch (as in Loch Ness), so no sign of the monster for us on this trip. May be next time.