Walk Date - 06 October 2013
Walkers - Steve Smith, Gina Smith, Joss Johnson
Accommodation - Abbey Cottage B&B - Fort Augustus
Start Point - Great Glen Way path below Grotaig (NH 49488 23712)
Start Time - 09:59
Finish Point - Invermoriston, Glenmoriston Arms Hotel (NH 42020 16876)
Finish Time - 15:33
Duration - 5hrs 34mins
Average pace - 1.65mph
Distance Walked - 9.17miles
Height Ascended - 678.66metres
|Taxi drop off point on A82 and track|
to Great Glen Way near Dùn Scriben
However after today we will have walked close enough to Fort Augustus to make it economic to be met at Invermoriston by Great Glen Travel and of course meant us saying goodbye to Caroline of Drumnadrochit Taxis.
Today being the start of the third consecutive days walking marks the limit of our pre-walk training, so I would not be surprised if there was some measure of apprehension about having done enough preparation, If there was any, nobody let it show. In any event, although the ascent at over 650m was the most we would have to do in any one day during the entire walk, the distance to walk today was only 9 miles.
Easy to follow track and blue marker post at
start of todays walk just below Grotaig
The first part of the walk was through native birch and elder which as the forest track gave way to a narrower path became pine.
|Warm sunshine and start of Autumn colours|
on footpath through Ruskich Wood
|The Highland Five - Creag Dhearg.|
We won't be going up that today.
At the bottom of the ascent near Alltsigh being near 12:30 we left The Great Glen Way and followed the sign to the Youth Hostel for a coffee break.
|Briarbank B&B Alltsigh .|
Getting the girls past a coffee shop
seems to be nigh on impossible
Chatting with the owner about his run in with the Loch Ness Monster (only last year November 2012) extended our stay longer than intended and as we did not feel it was appropriate to eat our own sandwiches meant we had had our lunch break without actually eating our lunch.
in Stone Cave
The guide book did not give an exact location of the cave and in fact I was expecting a detour from the path to see it, so I was pleasantly surprised when we came across the familiar blue Great Glen Way post also had an arrow to the right with the words "Stone Cave" below. Even better; looking to our right, there it was adjacent to the path.
As planned we had lunch which by now was very welcome. The weather was very pleasant, however if it had been raining the stone cave would have provided adequate shelter as it had done for the reputed washer woman all those years ago.
|Start of ascent up to|
Allt Coinneag river crossing
|High Fives for Joss and Gina|
at end of days walk
The Highland Five - Creag Dhearg ahead. Loch Ness on the left
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