Walk Date - 05 October 2013
Walkers - Steve Smith, Gina Smith, Joss Johnson
Accommodation - Abbey Cottage B&B - Fort Augustus
Start Point - road out of Abriachen near Loch Laide (NH 54134 35668)
Start Time - 09:24
Finish Point - Great Glen Way path below Grotaig (NH 49488 23712)
Finish Time - 16:36
Duration - 7hrs 12mins
Average pace - 1.76mph
Distance Walked - 12.68miles
Height Ascended - 491.16metres
|A cuddle before we start walking|
|Turn left at first fork into forest|
The first part of the walk was a steady ascent up the forest road towards Achpopuli which got our legs going and the rest of the section through Abriachan Woods then through open moorland to Corryfoyness went exactly to plan at a good pace.
Corryfoyness on the left
|Urquart Castle comes in to view|
across Urquart Bay
I had planned to stop in Drumnadrochit for lunch, however as we dropped down to the A82 we decided to take advantage of a piece of dry ground and warm sunshine near Temple House to break out our flasks and lunch boxes. After lunch we followed the A82 in to Drumnadrochit more or less on schedule and with lunch out of the way no need to stop off in Drumnadrochit.
|Amazing what makes a girl smile.|
At Fidler's Cafe, Drumnadrochit
More road walking took us out of Drumnadrochit to Borlum Bridge over the River Coiltie in Lewiston. A sharp
|Looking down on Drumnadrochit|
from Clunebeg Wood
Very soon we were back in woods and the path turned to the right and continued uphill again until we rejoined the road out of Lewiston.
|Looking towards Grotaig and|
the Highland 5, Glas-bheinn Bheag
shrouded in cloud
We had arranged for the taxi to meet us on the A82 just below Grotaig, so we were expecting some non "Great Glen Way" walking from there, however the path we followed continued along The Great Glen Way to where it joined a forest track. If we continued along the track we would continue along The Great Glen Way, but that would be the start of tomorrows walk.
|The end of the days walking.|
On the Great Glen Way
At 1.76 mph the pace had been slower than the day before but still 30 minutes quicker than the planned walking time due to us coping with the ascent at better than the allowed pace of an extra hour per 500m of ascent. Looks like the girls earned there coffee stop in Drumnadrochit and anyway it has never been planned as a route march.
Urquart Castle comes in to view across Urquart Bay
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