Distance 20.64 miles – cumulative 154.4 miles – 7hrs 5 mins – walking time 6 hrs 20 mins – 3.2 mph – camped at Borlum Farm
From Beauly we continued south along minor roads through the Abriachan Forest. We passed a small group preparing for a wedding in the forest – looked a bit like they were setting up a water station for a running race with a line of trestle tables – all a bit Totnes. We joined the Great Glen Way and passed over it’s highest point after about a mile. All downhill we thought to Drumnadrochit – but a roller coaster of ups and downs followed. As we were anticipating our first sighting of Nessie the light showers turned into a full on thunder storm. We were ill equipped compared to other tourists who had prudently carried umbrellas. Camping in a near empty field we were soon joined by numerous groups of walkers and cyclists of various nationalities.
Having been in each other’s company for over a week we agreed a trial separation – Steve was sent shopping and Lynn stayed at the site and did the laundry. Steve was very tempted by a passing number 19 bus to Inverness until he remembered he was only wearing a waterproof jacket, over trousers and boots.
At the pub we each had an extra free drink when our food order got lost – same map reading skills as us – so our final walk back to the tent was a little erratic.