United Kingdom · 10 Days · 24 Moments · April 2018

We’re Walking Scotland (Part 2)

26 April 2018

We made it back to Inverness and the onto home. In total we stayed in 17 B&Bs, walked over 175 miles, drove nearly 250 and had a great celebration of our twenty years together. Thanks for your comments and wishes. Can’t wait to tell you all the stories.
Faced a funeral procession (no pictures) on today’s single track from Stoer & Lochinver out to Ullapool (also forgot to take pics) but more amazing views as the weather “up top” did not match the glens.

25 April 2018

My driver.
Mostly driving the geological “pebble paths” but lots of interesting features including the crazy munros

24 April 2018

Quick update to say we’re safe in the far NW - near Stoer. No connection at the house so we’re out getting meat pie for lunch and checking in. More to come from yesterday’s drive out from Inverness

23 April 2018

Driving parts of “NW Route 500” mostly near Loch Assynt and coastal bits in this corner of single track roads and dramatic top-of-the-world feeling. Bruce did all the driving (the saint).
Somber visit to Drummossie Moor where the Battle of Culloden and “the 45” Jacobite rebellion ended in great defeat.
Our wheels for a few days and lots of driving. First stop Nairn by the North Sea

22 April 2018

Day Six GGW - and Day 14 walking across Scotland - and we have arrived in Inverness. Rainy day pictures coming later but first the celebrations.
Our final day walking was rainy with a great mix of terrain (high hill, moor, woodland and de-wooded, farmland with lambs, weird residential/construction, sports park/rugby/golf, botanical garden, canalside, lovely city riverside park, and old historic city castle district). I did about 170 miles of walking over these two weeks - Bruce did a few more. Even though I missed a couple summit bits on WHW and we cut a few miles from our walk yesterday so we’d have time to enjoy town, it all came to about 404,000 steps - a lot more than my average 50k per week. Feeling proud.

21 April 2018

Checking the weather for our last day of walking! Onward into Inverness
Our whiskey night in the award winning whiskey bar Fiddlers.
So much sunshine today! And lesson learned: if you aren’t feeling the required high road route (because the low was closed for logging and the high meant tears and frustrations) and the bus we thought could drop us just a ways up the road but instead took us all the way to Urquhart Castle actually meant we’d have time for a presentation on Scottish independence weaponry, a sweet walk into Drumnadrochit among lambing sheep, catching the local shinty match and a whiskey flight at an award winning (historic) whiskey pub — all tells you that happiness can come when you abandon the plan. And spring finally arrived. Lovely day.
Far from exotic - some of the critters we’ve seen along the way. Wish we’d tracked Mr and Mrs Mallard - whom we’ve seen every single day!

20 April 2018

Day four started in Fort Augustus watching lock keepers. Then we climbed up to track high up along Loch Ness. Sweet picnic ritual and then back down into Invermoriston with yet another Thomas Telford engineering accomplishment (this time a bridge). We finished the 8 miles in the rain before 2 so waited for B&B checkin at the sweet Glen Rowan Cafe - where we learned about IrnBru!

19 April 2018

Got to Fort Augustus with time to take a RIP boat up Loch Ness (to Urquhart Castle) and to preview the 23 miles of Loch we will be walking the next few days.
Day three GGW was Laggan to Fort William (roughly 22,000 steps) and easy walking. Pretty. Loved it. left about 9:30 got in about 1:30.

18 April 2018

Forgive me for sharing this - but it’s part of my journey. It was warmer the last couple days so I didn’t do my double sock thing and really caught blisters. Pads and patches didn’t work well yesterday so I’m back to the compression travel socks under my smart wool
More of the beautiful Great Glen Way along Loch Lochy
Day 2 GGW - from Gaerlachy to south Lagan (staying in Invergarry along the pretty Garry river) just off Loch Oich. Absolutely beautiful and they have a way of doing steak (slow roasted) that’s amazing.

17 April 2018

GGW Section 1 starts in Fort William out around to the top of Loch Linnhe and the start of the Caledonian Canal - following up Neptune’s staircase of 8 lochs and through Moy Bridge (a farmers private swing bridge to connect back his property after the canal cut through his farm in 1800) - the then we met tonight’s host at Gairlochy for a ride into Spean Bridge for the night. Nice gentle walking along canals and waterways.

16 April 2018

Raining start to the Great Glen Way which goes from the old fort in Fort William NNE to Inverness Castle