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The Great Glen Way over 6 days - 2012/13

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:24 pm
by andrewl7642
Walking the Great Glen Way
Completed over 6 days and 3 visits to the Highlands.

My friend and I started from Invermoriston in the afternoon of Fri 22 June 2012, after travelling 128 miles from Aberdeen, via Inverness. We only had 3 days off work (Fri-Sun), and had not originally planned to walk the whole of the way, it was just going to be an overnight trek from Invermoriston to Inverness.

So we arrived in sunny Invermoriston early afternoon and headed to the car park where our bag transfer chauffeur service (my father) was waiting. We prepared ourselves with Midgy Lotion before making our way up some very steep hills and through the surrounding forest to Stoneseat.

Some great views over Loch Ness here and further on towards Drumnadrochit.

View from Stone Seat

great view over Loch Ness

After several hours and a long walk that felt like a weeks expedition, we arrived in Drumnadrochit around 8pm and pitched our tents at Borlum Farm Camping Park.

Camping at Drumnadrochit

The next day we set off towards Inverness around noon after a morning visit to Urquhart Castle.

Urquhart Castle

We found Nessy

Leaving Drumnadrochit behind

The round house at Abriachan Forest

We walked as far as Abriachan Eco-Cafe and Campsite, via the lovely Abriachan Forest trail before torrential rain arrived and we just decided to call it a day,

We backtracked to Abriachan Forest, where there was shelter and some facilities. Our chauffeur drove us back to Inverness in the morning.

We returned to the Highlands on 21 September 2012 to start the walk from the beginning at Fort William.

The start of the walk

Taking the high road

Leaving Fort William behind

Neptunes Staircase

Following the canal towards Inverlochy

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big Surprise! Welcome to Fairy Forest!

We got as far as the Caledonian Canal in Corpach before heading off in totally the wrong direction towards Mallaig! Don't Ask!! Luckily, we realised we were lost and walked back to the canal to find the way markers, then followed the canal (duh!) and arrived in South Laggan as it was beginning to get dark. Have no fear, our chauffeur (my father) was at hand, with our gear. He took us to Faichemard Farm Touring Caravan and Campsite in his van. (great little campsite) We had planned to wild camp and found a great informal campsite spot about 45 minutes walk south of South Laggan but because it was already getting dark and we weren't carrying our gear, we settled for the formal campsite. Of course the rain then came on.

luckily this was my friends tent!

The following morning we were escorted back to South Laggan to continue the walk.

The Eagle Barge Inn at South Laggan - Unfortunately closed

Once again, we lost our way and walked up the wrong side of the Canal and through some very rough woodland, and across some farmland before finally making it to the swing bridge where we found the route.

back on track, quite literally as we begin to follow the old railway, leaving South Laggan behind

Abandon ship!! The walk around Loch Oich was nice

Finally arrived at Fort Augustus

After a scenic walk around Loch Oich, followed by a stroll along the canal we arrived in Fort Augustus around 3:30pm and enjoyed a well deserved portion of Fish and Chips from the local Chippy.

It was too late to start walking to Invermoriston, as we didn't want to be putting up the tents in the dark again so we were driven up to Abriachan Forest where we got the tents up before dark and then enjoyed a few Beers.

Camping at Abriachan Forest

The next morning we decided to give the Great Glen a break and walked the South Loch Ness Trail from Fort Augustus to Dores, camped at the side of the road, by Loch Ness, near Erchite Wood, (in Gale force winds!!) and returned home the following day.

Returned to the Great Glen for the final time on Fri 12 April 2013.
This time, booked into a hotel at Inverness.

Got the bus from Inverness to Fort Augustus on Friday, arrived in Fort Augustus at noon.

The locks of Neptunes Staircase in Fort Augustus

Went a quick walk to the bottom of Loch Ness for some pictures then set off alone on the trail to Invermoriston.

the trail continues

It was a very lonely walk, passing only one forestry worker who was collecting logs.
Can't help but get angry over the amount of trees they have cut down.

the trail from Fort Augustus to Invermoriston

I arrived in Invermoriston just in time for the bus back to Inverness.

My friend joined me on Saturday to continue the walk from Abriachan Cafe & Campsite, the point where we stopped in June 2012. So we got off the bus at the Clansman Hotel on the A82, and climbed the hill through Abriachan Woods to Abriachan Forest and onto the Great Glen Way. We could have started from Drumnadrochit but did not see any point in walking the same trail for a second time.

The entrance to the eco-cafe/campsite

We had lunch at the Eco-Cafe Campsite(it had to be done) before setting off on the final stage to Inverness.

first views of Inverness

79 mile walk complete!

We finally arrived in Inverness around 6pm on Saturday Evening, in plenty of time for the pub.

Re: The Great Glen Way over 6 days

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:09 pm
by andrewl7642
new pics added, now that I figured out how to do it! lol

Re: The Great Glen Way over 6 days

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:48 pm
by andrewl7642
Don't forget to check out my other walk The South Loch Ness Trail