Sorry about the silence . . . I’ve been completely without wifi for this walk – either not in civilisation or too tired (or not bothered) to go and find some.
This has been a very different walk from the first one. The first two days were off the standard walk routes, with much of it entirely cross country. This was MUCH harder than I expected and what I was going to see was not as impressive up close as I’d hoped. Still not sure it was worth it (at one point I almost just sat down and gave up but realised that wasn’t going to help me get out of there!) but I certainly learnt a lot that will help on my NW walk and saw some countryside that hardly anyone gets to see.
The 3rd day was fairly boring in comparison. Mainly canal paths so very scenic but quite hard on the feet. This was also the day the sun came out. First day since I’ve been here it hasn’t rained on me! I had time to kill (keys to my Inverness accommodation not arriving until Tursday evening) so I even went on a boat trip on Loch Ness at Fort Augustus.
Day 4 had a new ‘high’ section, just opened, and WOW, it gave some stunning views. Also much more enjoyable walking.
Day 5 was the final 25ish kms into Inverness. Mostly pleasant enough but nothing like the views of the previous day. Then, as I still had time to kill, I added a 6km round trip to visit the sea lock, where the Caledonian canal joins the Beauly Forth. I’m pretty done in now!!
I have a few days in Inverness to recover so may be able to post some photos for you and will certainly try to let you know before I head out on my next walk (planned for Friday).
Hope you are all well!
PS when I say the first two days were hard, think constantly wet, knee high scrub, tussocky uneven ground, ankle deep bogs and incessant slopes. Plus, 400+m hills are not to be taken lightly!!