The Great Glen Way – Day One

Day One – 13th July

Finally, the day has come and after the entertaining diversion of the Derby Beer Festival, it is time to pack the cars and head North to Fort William. The Great Glen Way will take us from Fort William to Inverness (74m) – with the largest section of the journey being along the shores of Loch Ness. This walk is essentially a continuation of one that we did some years back from Glasgow to Fort William (98m) known as The West Highland Way.

We will be meeting John in Fort William as he has travelled up before the rest of our band of intrepid adventurers who are from left to right: (Back Row) Darren, Pale, Mick, Dave: (Middle Row) Amanda, Amy, Nin and baby Maya, and myself kneeling in the front.

Car journeys are essentially boring so I messed about with the camera and decided to shoot some clouds through the passenger window…Pale is driving the vehicle following.

I’ve been looking forward to the walk for some time now and I’m keen to get there. I’m particularly looking forward to the scenery of course, but also the food and the beer – Scotland has discovered real ale in a big way in recent years!

Maya is only 17 months old but entertains us all with long and intense shouts of “Hallloooooo!!”…

The Scottish weather and the fearsome midge are the only real clouds on the horizon.

We all need a pit stop – so pull in at Tebay services in the Northern Lake District for a comfort break and a burger. I caught this duck in between mouthfuls…

Time to hit the road again.

More shots of the journey North:

After about 7 hours on the road, we are well into Scotland and stop off at the Kingshouse Hotel for a beer and a stretch of the legs. The Kingshouse is a well known stop off point for walkers on the West Highland Way and it was great to be there again.

Finally, we reach our destination Fort William. We are split into different B&Bs with Mick & I using the Rhu Mor – a great place (see below). After a shower and a spruce up – we all convene at the Jacobite Inn on the High St for some excellent food – and in my case, several pints of Deuchars IPA.

Everyone is shattered so it’s time for lights out – the walking starts tomorrow.

Rick

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~ by rjmphotographic on July 25, 2008.

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