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Sunday, 24 July 2022, Day 7 Great Glen Way. Drumnadrochit to Inverness starting at Blackfold meadow again. by All Trails app: 11.6 miles, 4:39 hours, 344 feet elevation gain. By Garmin: 11.64 miles, 4:38 hours, 234 feet elevation gain The morning looked very clear after some heavy rains during the night. Our transfer van picked us up at 0930 for the ride back up to the hill to Blackfold. We started at the same spot as yesterday but went in the opposite direction towards Inverness instead of back to Drumnadrochit. Yesterday was supposed to be 12 miles but it was only 8. Today is supposed to be 9 miles but was actually 11.6. So much for the guidance from the tour operators. Loch Ness Travel provided our shuttle and also was providing our luggage transfer. At ... read more
antler lamp and wall ornament
The view behind Benleva Hotel
looking up in the old chestnut tree

Saturday, 23 July 2022, Day 6 Great Glen Way, Blackfold to Drumnadrochit from north to south today. 8 miles, 3 hours 28 min. 439 feet elevation gain by Garmin 8.1 miles, 3:29 hours, 522 feet elevation gain with All Trails App. Today we have Loch Ness Travel provide a shuttle from our hotel to the Blackfold area along the GGW. Jo and I then walked from this point south west along the route back to Drumnadrochit. This broke up the 20 mile route from here to Inverness. It was estimated to be a 12 mile walk. The driver mentioned how glad we should be to be taken up the road of this steep hill. As we drove we saw walkers along the mile and a half section that is along the A82 setting out for Inverness. ... read more
Our path through the woods today
two distant farmhouses on the horizon
First sign that our start was not right today

Friday, 22 July 2022, Day 5 on Great Glen Way, Glenmoriston Arms Hotel at Invermoriston to Benleva Hotel in Drumnadrochit. 14.7 miles by Garmin, 6 hours 5 minutes, 1805 elevation gain. With an indoor send off from the Glenmoriston Arms Hotel, Jo and I are off, out the front door and into the first long climb. This one is 200 meters in less than a kilometer. Almost 590 feet in less than half a mile. We are soon where we decide on the low route or the high route. The high route is shorter but with many more steep climbs and descents. We elect the low route. Along this road we do not have many views of the loch through the pines and other thick forest of trees. Invermoriston is to the northwest of Loch Ness ... read more
Scottish pancakes and ham
only Jo and I walking today -- our departing shot
Jo on the steep uphill road to the dividing point for the high and low routes

Thursday, 21 July 2022. Day 4 on the Great Glen Way - Fort Augustus to Invermoriston. 8.2 miles 4hours 8 minutes 935 feet elevation gain. The five of us had a send off photo taken by Cath at the Loch Ness Guest House. We then set off across the busy A82 and the locks of the Caledonian Canal to the left turn on the trail past the large pay for parking lot. We climbed to a forest road which we followed for most of our trek today. The day was overcast but less than a 10% chance of rain forecast. And to be expected we had just about gotten to the forest road when the soft rains started. All stopped and donned ponchos or rain coats. I used my torn yellow plastic and Karen the nicer ... read more
small chance of rain results in instant rainfall
The high route vs the low route
The island in Loch Ness

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, Day 3 Great Glen Way, Glengarry Castle Hotel to Loch Ness Guest House, Fort Augustus. 9.55 miles 560 elevation gain. 4 hours walking Today is a beautiful sunny clear day. We have breakfast in the Hotel and then start our walk about 0935. Since it promises to be a good day with not much elevation gain and a much shorter distance we are all walking. From the hotel we walked into the village of Invergarry, past the hotel and then climbed on a trail through the forest to a path that paralleled the west and south side of Loch Oich. Again the main route of the GGW is on the other side of Loch Oich. At the Bridge of Oich we crossed over the River Oich and join the main GGW track. ... read more
Jo, Sandy and Norma charge ahead
Stone wall and trees Karen described in yesterdays blog along the farm road as we leave Glengarry Castle Hotel
Invergarry Hotel near where we joing the GGW path

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Invergarry July 18th 2022

Monday, 18 July 2022, Day 2 GGW Spean Bridge to Glengarry Castle Hotel. 16.95 miles, 6 hours 35 minutes walking, 2059 elevation gain. Today is one of the longest distances on the Great Glen Way (GGW). Jo and I are walking while Norma, Sandy and Karen are taking the bus. Simon and Morven at the Coire Glas B&B are most accommodating. They book tickets online for the bus. We have to wait until after the last breakfasts are served before Simon can take six people, who are walking, back to the bridge at Gairlochy where we start our next segment of this walk. Straight across the bridge and we start up the hill on a trail. We climbed a lot and walked above and along the northwest side of Loch Lochy. The path varies between mountain ... read more
Gairlochy Bridge and the start of day 2
boat entering lock at Gairlochy Bridge
boots to the bin

Sunday, 17 July 2022, Fort William to Spean Bridge. Day 1 on the Great Glen Way which entails 77 miles to Inverness. Today 12.5 miles, 260 feet elevation gain 5 hours 52 minutes walking. Our two rest days in Fort William were most relaxing. The lovely ladies; Dora, Jean and Margareta at the Myrtle Bank Guest House B&B were the perfect combination of hospitality, great food, and wonderful friendliness. Fort William is situated in Lochaber region of the West Highlands under the Inverness-shire region in Travelblog. We will let Karen has filled in the adventures for the two days we spend in and around Fort William in the Blog with that title. As for the start of the Great Glen Way, we left the far western end of Fort William and walked east a mile to ... read more
Start of GGW with Dora leaving Myrtle Bank
Great Glen Way sign at beginning
At Fort William - Norma ready for GGW

Friday, 15 July 2022, and Saturday 16 July 2022. Our morning was off to a great start with the good breakfast at Myrtle Banks Guest House. Karen had an agenda for the first part of the morning. We had to be back by 1100 as we had train tickets to go to Glenfinnian. Lee and Jo knew all about the Jacobite Train that was used in the Harry Potter movies and the Glenfinnian Viaduct with its 21 spans that are shown in the movie. So at 1045 I send a note that we will met the others. I then remember our tickets are still in the room. Karen waits at the square for them and I dash back to get the tickets, meeting the four of them on the way. We reunite outside the bakery with ... read more
Jacobite Train of Harry Potter fame
locomotive firebox
locomotive coal bin

Thursday 14 July 2022, Day 10, Kinlochleven to Fort William. 16.4 miles 7 hours 15 minutes, 2000 elevation gain. This is the last and longest day on the WHW. The Tigh Na Cheo BnB where we spent the night started breakfast at 0730. It was a bit of a hike up the driveway to haul our bags to the drying room and storage for pick up and delivery by the luggage transfer services. It was also around 0.3 miles back to the start of the WHW trail that we had left yesterday afternoon. Again it is only Jo and I. Karen, Norma, Lee and Sandy all took the bus from Kinlochleven to Fort William. After much searching I have found Tigh means house, Na the article for nouns starting with a consonant and Cheo meaning Mist. ... read more
Tign Na Cheo the colored bldg
Kinlochleven below
Looking west down Loch Leven

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Kinlochleven July 13th 2022

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, Day 9 West Highland Way. Kingshouse Hotel to Kinlochleven. 10 miles, 4 hours 43 minutes 1341 elevation gain. If you are looking for a wonderful luxury hotel in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by beautiful mountains and close to a ski lift up one of the UKs tallest mountains, this is the place. After our walk yesterday, I had a Stella Artois. The lady at the bar asked me if I knew about the hotel. Answering no, she proceeded to tell me that after the fire it was bought and restored to its current condition by the family that owns and brews this beer in Belgium. They come a couple of times a year she told me. The rooms are very lovely with views of the mountains and they have a relatively ... read more
Another rainy start on the WHW
our wet morning start on this segment of WHW
a look back at Jo and the valley near Kingshouse Hotel

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