Thursday, 21 May 2009

Day 4 - Drumnadrochit to Fort William

After a hearty breakfast, we set off along the north shore of Loch Ness, stopping for lunch at Fort Augustus. The weather was cloudy with sunny spells, but it remained dry all day.

After lunch, we did a short stretch along the Caledonian Canal, but rejoined the A82 at the Bridge of Oich, as the towpath was a bit rough in places. We could see the snowcapped peaks of Anaoch Mor and Ben Nevis in the distance. We carried on along the A82, which wasn't too busy. We stopped at the Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge to take some photo's and had tea at a nearby cafe. We then dropped down on a minor road into the river valley at Gairlochy, then followed a minor road towards Fort William. This was far from flat, but afforded great views on Ben Nevis, on the other side of the valley.

We did the last few miles into the wind along the busy A82, south of Fort William, to our B&B at Inchree. Despite assurances when we booked, that there'd be somewhere to eat, the owner told us that the local Bistro was closed on Tuesdays. However, he suggested catching the ferry to the other side of the loch, where there was a pub doing food. He gave us a lift to the ferry terminal, which was about half a mile from the B&B. We caught the 6.15pm ferry (free to foot passengers) to Ardgour. The pub is right by the slipway and we had Fish Pie(Sue) and Steak and Ale Pie(Trev), washed down with several pints of Calders 70 shillings ale. We caught the 8.30 ferry back and walked the short distance back to the B&B before retiring to bed.

63 miles today in 5hrs 36 mins - ave 11.18 mph.
Total so far 260 miles.

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