After a very wet night I had packed away my tent by 8-30am and headed off out of the forest. After walking along a section of road lined by expensive looking big houses the Great Glen Way follows the shore of Loch Lochie. This was a very pleasant spot and easily the highlight of the day.
After rejoining the Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy I walked along a 7 mile stretch of towpath being buffeted by headwinds and light showers in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The towpath takes you to Neptune's Staircase. It's quite a sight, a series of 7 locks that bring the canal down to sea-level.
After a couple of confusing miles the Great Glen way brought me to its end in the centre of Fort William. I had managed the journey in two and a half days, the guide books suggest it should take six.
After stopping for lunch in a large supermarket I made my way to my accommodation. The room was basic, but I was delighted to find I had a bath rather than the usual shower cubicle. My legs were soon enjoying a well deserved soak as I contemplated my next task, The West Highland Way.
GPS data click here
Mileage today; 17.85 miles, walking time 4 hrs 33 mins, average walking speed 3.9 mph
Weather; Overcast and breezy, light showers. Max 16C
Cumulative mileage; 208.04 miles
|Neptune's Staircase viewed from the bottom|
|Looking back at the Clunes Forest, far left, where I camped through a very wet night.|
|Loch Lochie shoreline walk|