JOGLE Day 11 10/05/17 Fort Augustus – Gairlochy 24 miles

The longest day so far in terms of distance so I was keen to get a good pace going along the flat path beside the Caledonian Canal. The skies were grey but no threat of rain as I passed a couple of locks busy with tourists in cruisers finding their way between Loch Oich and Loch Ness. At the first I enquired of the occupants of one boat how long they had been waiting at the lock. “All night!” Was the reply. After a few miles the path along Loch Oich became one of General Wade’s Military Roads, and was also a failed railway line venture. Also on this stretch was a mini wild camp site with a composting toilet. My curiosity needed to be satisfied of course!! Arriving at Laggan after about 11 miles I passed the same people on the boat that I had spoken to earlier, again waiting for a lock to clear. I remarked that it was maybe faster to walk. They asked where I was going, “Lands End” I replied. “Oh, you must be the chap whose wife we were talking to yesterday in Fort Augustus with the little black and white Staffy”…small world indeed!

The afternoon was mentally challenging – 8 miles along a mind-numbing forest track along Loch Lochy with no hills, no views and no land marks. I will write something separately about the mental aspect of this journey. Eventually I was back onto a road briefly past some WWII training heritage at the end of Loch Lochy with some very nice properties around Achnacarry, the historical seat of the Clan Cameron, looking across the Loch to Ben Nevis shrouded in cloud. Finally a quick skip round the Loch shore to Gairlochy and an extra half mile up to the campsite.

I did actually pass a few other walkers today, the most interesting was a guy with 2 dogs and a buggy full of camping gear on his way to Inverness and back raising money for ME.

8 thoughts on “JOGLE Day 11 10/05/17 Fort Augustus – Gairlochy 24 miles”

  1. Well done again Dave. Be interested to read about the mental side of things. And what motivates you to keep going apart from the money you are raising for a great Cause.

  2. Hi Dave looking forward to following this blog for the next few monthes til you complete JOGLE, im doing the other way LEJoG but by bus and train, im not fit enough to walk
    just want to say good luck and I will drop a donation to your page soon

    1. Hi Dean thanks so much for the support and good luck with your trip too! Are you doing it for a charity?

      1. hi dave yes 3 charities Help Harry Help Others ( SoBS (survivors of bereavement by suicide and like you Prostate Cancer UK all 3 are very personal to me in different ways .. hope you get chance to read my blog sometime ill be updating from travel day all the way to the end.

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