Thursday, 25 April 2013

Walking the Great Glen Way

During the early part of April, two groups of SRC A-Walkers separately set off to walk the route of the Great Glen Way in Scotland. The walk runs between Fort William (on the west coast) and Inverness (on the east coast) and covers a distance of 79 miles. Further details of the walk can be found here.
Jane, Lorraine and Phil set off on their expedition from Fort William on the 14th April while Peter and Les departed on their trek about a week later.
Our five-day walking expedition along the Great Glen Way (GGW) was made up of the following sections:
    Day 1: Fort William to Gairlochy (10.5 miles)
    Day 2: Gairlochy to Invergarry (16.3 miles)
    Day 3: Invergarry to Invermoriston (17.1 miles)
    Day 4: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (13.4 miles)
    Day 5: Drumnadrochit to Inverness (18.8 miles)
We set off on our trek from Fort William on Sunday, 14th April and arrived at our destination outside Inverness Castle on Thursday, 19th April at about 17:00 hrs. Along the way, the GGW route was well marked and sign-posted and took us through some very interesting and, on many occasions, very spectacular countryside.
For a considerable part of the walk, our trek followed the route of the Caledonian Canal and the various lochs that this inter-connects. The lock systems in Fort William (Neptune's Staircase) and in Fort Augustus were very impressive - as was the length of Loch Ness! Bearing in mind the large number of trees in this area, there was a substantial amount of 'forest walking' to do. The paths we used gave us some superb views - but they were very hard on our feet!
During our five days of walking we had some very mixed weather - plenty of wind and rain and, on some days, we even experienced some sunshine. It was quite cold and there was still lots of snow on much of the high ground - particularly on the hills around Ben Nevis.
During our trek along the Great Glen Way we took lots and lots of photos. A small selection of some of these can be seen by clicking on the pink button below:

Many thanks to Jane Thompson and Phil Barker for taking the photographs.



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