Wyn and I had had a superb meal at the Glenmoriston Arms last night and were pleased that breakfast was not until 8.00. It was 9.00 before we set off in fine weather but with a poor forecast for the rest of the day.
The day started with the mandatory ascent from the glen up into the forests. The route took us through some charming woods which had a “fairy glen” feel about them, with thick moss covering the base of the trees and any exposed boulders. A short detour to the Stone Seat promised extensive views of Loch Ness, which failed to materialise due to the height of the surrounding trees.
More interesting, and as it turned out useful, was the Stone Cave. This was apparently constructed to offer shelter to a washerwoman on her frequent journeys from Allsigh and Invermoriston. We stopped for a short break, and the promised rain began in earnest. We took advantage of the cave to don our wet-weather gear, which was needed for the rest of the day.
A gentle descent down to Allsigh was followed by a long climb up to the day’s high point in Ruskich Woods. Any possible views of Loch Ness and surrounding area were lost in the cloud and murk.
The most important question on our minds was, “Would the teashop at the Loch Ness Pottery at Grotaig by open?” Thankfully the answer was yes. Not only was it open, but it was crowded with more walkers than we had seen in days.
After coffee, tea and cake, we departed for the last 5 miles to Drumnadrochit. Most of this was along a minor road, with a short detour into woodland, before emerging onto the A82 for the final section to our accommodation. We arrived just after 4.00.
As we had not stopped for lunch, we booked an early dinner at the Fiddlers Restaurant, which we would both recommend.
Our plan for tomorrow is to leave at 7.30 at the latest, as we have a 20-mile day, and the weather forecast is not great.