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.
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
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
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
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
Early views over Loch Ness
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!
A day of unrelenting rain, Scotland as we know and love it!
Lovely flowers though
A boggy moor
First view of Drumnadrochit
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!
Heads up for the final day
First glimpse of Inverness
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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