Great Glen Way

23rd to 31st August 2011
 


The Great Glen Way stretches for 117km from coast to coast across the Highlands, linking the main centres of Fort William and the regional capital of Inverness. The route follows the major natural fault line of the Great Glen which divides Scotland from coast to coast.

The walk starts from the side of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch that opens out onto the Atlantic Ocean. It follows the line of the Caledonian canal for almost all the way, this canal opening out into Loch Lochy, then Loch Oich prior to the much longer Loch Ness. The way departs to the west of Loch Ness shortly after Drumnadrochit and takes a moor and farmland route before finally crossing the Caledonian Canal and the River Ness as the walk enters the City of Inverness. At this point neither the canal or river have more than two miles to run before they enter the sea at the Moray Firth and then onwards to the North Sea.

 

 

Day One

Jürgen and Susanne pose by the plinth at Fort William

 

Details of the route are displayed

 

Then it's my turn to pose

 

We soon leave Fort William and walk by the River Lochy

 

Ben Nevis peeps out of the mist . . .

 

and we pass a very interesting garden in Caol - spot the gnomes!

 

Reflections as we meet the Caledonian Canal . . .

 

then climb Neptune's Staircase, a series of locks

 

Passing a moored boat on the canal

 

Here the canal assumes the character of a lazy summer river

 

Approaching the Moy swing bridge

 

Day Two

We see Loch Lochy for the first time

 

Trees provide a lovely foreground to this shot of the Loch

 

Sunshine? Is this really Scotland?

 

Climbing through the trees beside Loch Lochy

 

Pause for a drink and a ciggy

 

Not far to Laggan Locks

 

Day Three

Remnants of the old station platform at Laggan

 

Loch Oich, the second loch we pass

 

The fine summit of Ben Tee reflected in the waters of Loch Oich

 

Remnants of an old railway tunnel

 

Finally Loch Oich in its entirety

 

Anyone for afternoon tea?

 

Locks at Fort Augustus

 

Day Four

Early views over Loch Ness

 

Striding out!

 

Just a ripple in Loch Ness, or something else?!

 

A break for Schnapps!

 

Telford' original bridge at Invermoriston

 

The luxurious Glenmoriston Arms Hotel, our destination at the end of the day's walk

 

Room with a view - no double-glazing here!

 

Day Five

A day of unrelenting rain, Scotland as we know and love it!

 

Lovely flowers though

 

A boggy moor

 

First view of Drumnadrochit

 

Day Six

An early definitive sighting of Nessie

 

Castle Urquart in the distance

 

A hairpin forest track

 

Can this really be a café?

 

Yes and a group of happy walkers from England, Scotland, Germany and Australia enjoy a break

 

Spot the Aussie!

 

Day Six

Heads up for the final day

 

First glimpse of Inverness

 

Getting nearer

 

Which way now> A plethora of signposts

 

The final Schnapps

 

Angling in the River Ness

 

Flowerbeds in the War Memorial Gardens, Inverness

 

Inverness Castle, we made it!

 

Classic evening view of Inverness

 

Night falls over the beautiful highland city . . .

 

as we leave the Castle Tavern, rounding off our holiday with some beers and a fine malt

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