Tuesday, 22 May 2012
TGOC day 6 - the joy of packing standing up
The Great Glen Way follows the Caledonian canal at the point, and I joined it to Fort Augustus at the end of Loch Ness.
One of the first sights at Fort Augustus is the multiple locks which in 5 or 6 steps lower boats down to the level of the Loch. Across the lock is the bright yellow signage of the fish and chip shop just powering-up for lunch time. 'One fish and chips and a cup of tea please!'
From here there's a quiet valley heading east towards to one end of the desolate area called the Monaliadth. There's a pleasant and little used path which winds its way above the water course through the birch trees that border the steep banks.
At a certain point the river swings round to the north and here, by some ruins is some reasonable camping.
This is the point to commit to the Monaliadth or choose a shorter easier route. I took the former.
I was rewarded that night by a well kept but perilously ancient and worn wooden hut to spend the night in.
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