Urquhart Bay/Fort Augustus

Published: May 31st 2015
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Dochgaroch to Urquhart Bay – 8.5nm

A very short trip today...looks like that might be the way to go. Left just after a rain shower and minutes before the lock behind us opened, letting out 3 charter boats. Been advised to avoid them at all costs. They stand out a mile as the charters are all wearing very bright, very big orange lifejackets!! Had sunshine for most of the trip, winding our way through the canal, very beautiful this morning, and on to Loch Ness. Keeping an eye out for Nessie, but just really enjoying the surrealism of being on Loch Ness...a place you have always known existed and now are a part of!! Fortunately the only 'visitors mooring buoy' was free, so we took that. Can't quite see Urquhart castle from where we are but did a drive by. Weather still very unsettled, so nice to be tied up secured for the night. Can't get ashore (well could if we launched the zodi) so very happy sitting tight for the afternoon.

20th May

Urquhart Bay to Fort Augustus – 17nm

A beautiful trip today through the rest of Loch Ness. Stunning scenery, but didn’t see Nessie. Got to Fort Augustus and moored up against the waiting pontoon before the locks. Decided to stay here the night rather than going through the locks. Walked around the town, and there were tonnes of tourists, but come 5pm all the buses had gone and so had the tourists

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