|Breaking camp by river Affric looking west|
|3 Trailstars by river Affric|
|'6 or 7 hours of marching down the track'|
|Affric Lodge and Sgurr na Lapaich|
The small town of Cannich is the gateway to 'the beautiful Glen Affric'. For me the campsite provide a welcome respite from the 6 or 7 hours slog marching down the track from the upper reaches of the Glen. A store provides some essentials, there is a pub with a variable reputation, and a wreck of a hotel which at this time is available for sale. The campsite has an attractive cafe - unfortunately the 9-5 opening hours did not match my schedule.
The hills above Cannich looking towards the Affric Mountains
|Corrimony - chambered cairn|
The small community of Corrimony is attractive in the spring sunlight, the enclosed graveyard suggesting a more auspicious past. A little to the east beside the road is a fine example of a pre-historic chambered burial cairn. The minor road leads to a signed path just before White Bridge.
|The chambered cairn at Corrimony|
The woodland tracks which makes up the route to Drumnadrochit is easy and pleasant walking with only a little confusion on the outskirts of the destination where the path signs get mixed in with some for local circular walks.
|on the woodland path from Corrimony to Drum|
|From the Corrimony to Drumnadrochit path|
On the map Drum seemed a major town after the wild West Highlands. On the ground, however, it is small and spread out - with the supermarket at one end of town with a garage some half a kilometer further which sells gas. In the other direction a visitors centre and a few shops and cafes.
|Gordon Menzies' TGO Loch Ness ferry|
Walking on the TGO Challenge we had an arrangement with local boat owner Gordon Menzies to ferry us across Loch Ness which presents a bit of a barrier to our path eastwards. Gordon has been doing this since the early days of the TGOC and, in between time, he probably has a good business Nessie hunting with tourists. His most recent boat is equipped with sonar and video system for showing useful tourist information. This is one of the 'pinch-points' on the walk where individuals on their different routes meet briefly for a shared experience before heading off on their separate ways again.
|Disembarking at Inverfarigaig on Loch Ness|
Here was Sandy, Shap, Nigel & Michael, and Chris Peart.
One local couple have become good friends of the TGOC and welcome campers to their field. On some evenings, for those that book in advance, an evening meal can be had in their living room overlooking the hills of the Monoliadth.
|Lemon Drizzle cake and tea welcomes weary walkers|
|camping in the back field|
|mod cons provided for campers in the field|
For the full set of two days' pictures look here:-