After breaking all the rules last night by drinking too much and eating too little (understatement) and having raised £56 for the charity, we woke on time with fairly thick heads. A good breakfast and we were packed up ready to go earlier than usual with the prospect of a longer day ahead. The first episode to report was a “tummy problem” for me just after setting off but I managed to hold it all together for about 4 miles until I reached the Pottery workshop and tearoom at Grotaig. The owner was very understanding as I explained why I was passing through (or so to speak!) and apologised for the fact that there was a power cut. We had a brief chat about my trek and I marched off into the woods.
The rest of the day was 2 very similar halves. A choice of low or high routes firstly to Invermoriston then onwards to Fort Augustus after lunch. The first was a no brainer, high route to see the views of Loch Ness and even BenNevis in the distance. A bit of steep up and down was quite strenuous but worth it. The second choice of routes after lunch was a bit tougher, should I go lower with the prospect of more shade and less tiring on the legs? Of course not! Even steeper climb but once again rewarded with stunning views, then a long steady descent into Fort Augustus and a traffic jam as the road was closed to allow a large tourist boat into the locks of the Caledonian Canal. Tonight will be less alcohol and more food!