Set off bright and bushy leaving behind a still not very well PJ, a slightly better Betty (thanks to West End garage in Fort Augustus for tightening the drive belt!), and an under the weather Cath suffering from a chill and sore throat (hope she’ll shake it off quickly. The first 8 miles along the Caledonian Canal were gentle, I assisted a Norwegian couple to find accommodation in Laggan and hung around at Neptunes Staircase (a series of locks on the canal) waiting for the couple on the boat from yesterday. No sign of them so I conclude it is faster to walk after all. By now Ben Nevis was in full view and not far to go, or so I thought. Over 2 hours later after following the Great Glen Way around Caol to see a view of Fort William across Loch Linnhe the path was blocked due to repairs to The Soldiers Bridge so only choice was a longer detour and into Fort William along the very busy and noisy A82. It’s amazing how you suddenly really notice the traffic noise and fumes when you’ve been away from it for a while. I had to take a pic of the new Fort William retail park under construction – due to open Summer 2017..make your own mind up.
Finally a 20 minute sprint into GlenNevis packed with tourists, climbers and campers to our site for the next two nights, a rest day tomorrow and ready to attack the West Highland Way on Saturday with my first guest walker, Shirley Davies.