Really enjoyed staying in Invermoriston. The B & B (Craik Na Dav) was run by two sisters, Lindsey and Amanda, who were so friendly and welcoming that I truly felt at home from the moment they opened the door. It was therefore a bit of a thought to leave this morning, all the more so … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 4: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit
Got up for an early breakfast - I’m now regretting this at 3 pm as I’m tired! However, the early start did allow me to get down to the locks and see ‘Moonshadow’ go all the way down! As an aside (Bruce), it turns out my sister and I are not the only people fascinated … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 3: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston
Feeling refreshed at 5:30 am when I first woke up, I could happily have slept on when the 7:40 am alarm sounded. As it was, the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs was worth rising for. Refuelled once again, I packed up just in time for the baggage carrier to call - he was 5 minutes … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 2: Foyers to Fort Augustus
Inverness to Dores Setting off from Inverness this morning I was apprehensive for a couple of reasons, the first being the distance with it being anything between 18 and 23 miles depending on which guide I looked at (the guide from Gemini Walks suggested 23 miles, I hoped they were exaggerating as my longest run … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 1: Inverness to Foyers
Headed for Skye as a ‘rest’ day, with a view to heading into Coire Lagan to allow me to experience a little of the sheer magnificence that is the Cuillin. Bruce has been here a couple of times, subsequently raving about the amazing, other worldly landscape. For me it’s an intimidating place rendering it highly … Continue reading Coire Lagan: a taste of the Cuillin
Our original plan had been to do this hill on route to our accommodation yesterday, but the spectacular weather led us elsewhere. Today was a Gairich day instead, the recent dry weather coupled with the forecast for rain later in the week, alongside pretty high cloud meant the potential for good views. Having parked at … Continue reading Gairich, Loch Quoich: Boggy trudge was worth it!
Heading off on our travels we’d not intended on doing these hills. However, my driver was enthusing about the amazing weather and the potential for some stunning hills aside from our immediate plan (Gairich) and we debated whether to head for Glen Affric, somewhere I’d not yet been. We hummed and hawed, finally deciding to … Continue reading Tom a Chòinnich and Toll Creagach, Glen Affric
Catching the early train from Fort William complete with our packed breakfast, destination Corrour, little did we know how much fun lay ahead! The Highest Station on Mainland U.K. Corrour is accessible only by train, bike or on foot, so Beinn na Lap makes for an interesting day. It’s an easy munro, feasible to rush … Continue reading Train Adventures: Beinn na Lap
Having felt yesterday to be quite a steep, tough ascent, I reconsidered this opinion on today’s hill. Known as the second munro of the Aonach Eagach ridge, most people do it as part of the ridge walk. Having previously disclosed my dislike of exposure that was never going to happen, and so we found ourselves … Continue reading Sgòrr nam Fiannaidh: Low mileage, quite some effort!
First day of our holiday, we stopped off at Layby 87 (A9) on route to our destination. Unsure how conditions would be following the snow a couple of days ago, we were fully equipped for winter with crampons, ice axes and microspikes, alongside the obligatory spare gloves etc. Suffice to say the pack was heavy! … Continue reading Càrn na Caim and A’Bhuidheanach Bheag: ‘Boring’ hills, beautiful in the winter!