Wyn and I left Drumnadrochit at 7.15, anticipating a long day before reaching Inverness.
Initially the route follows the A82, before turning into the Abriachan Forest and ascending up to 380m. Around 9.00 we stopped for a break and had just restarted when the snow began to fall. For the next few hours we were treated to bouts of snow and hail.
We reached the eco-campsite near Abriachan, and stopped for bacon rolls, coffee, tea and cakes. The food was excellent – but be warned, it is not cheap, and you might want to check on prices before ordering anything.
Suitably replete and having been joined by Ove, a German friend we had met on the trail and whose partner had decided to stop at the cafe, we set off along a minor road with increasing views as the weather improved.
After an hour or so of road walking, it was back into the forest before receiving our final dose of hail.
Descending Dunain Hill, Inverness can be seen but the final 6k has still to be completed.
The trail links areas of greenery in a clever way eventually leading to the Caledonian Canal and along the banks of the River Ness.
We passed Inverness Cathedral on the opposite bank of the river.
Then with a short sharp climb the trail ends at Inverness Castle. We arrived at 4.30.
It was great that Wyn was able to join me for The Great Glen Way, and we are looking forward to completing the Offa’s Dyke Trail later in the summer.
Tomorrow I am going to Braemar for a week with my friends from MAC (Mountain Activities Club). I will resume blogging again next Sunday.