Last night in the pub there was a closure notice for today’s route due to Scottish Water working in the area. The diversion added 7k to the distance we would have to walk. Wyn was sensible enough to check their website, and we were relieved to find that they had finished the work early and the normal route was open.
After a less than spectacular meal last night, the cold buffet for breakfast was fine, and we left Fort Augustus at 8.30 hoping to beat the rain to Invermoriston. After a steep climb up to a forest track the route meandered, gently rising and falling, in and out of conifer plantations. Loch Ness was mainly obscured by the trees but occasional glimpses could be seen where felling had taken place.
Near to Fort Augustus it was just possible to get sight of Cherry Island, the only island on Loch Ness. The island is in fact a Crannog, or man made island.
The morning passed pleasantly watching the occasional boat moving on the loch and looking out for the water company employees who were finishing off their improvements.
Around 12.15 we dropped down and entered Invermoriston. Thomas Telford’s Bridge and the Falls of Moriston were striking and would be very impressive when the river is in flood.
Our B&B for the night did not open until 3.00pm so we were forced to take refuge in the Glenmoriston Arms.
Tomorrow will be a longer day so Wyn and I are glad to be able to relax this afternoon.