Happy to be out of the horrible guesthouse and on the road! The A82 wasn’t too bad with traffic and it was a pleasant ride along Loch Linnhe, albeit cloudy, to Fort William, which I skirted as I couldn’t face all the tourists.
I got on the A830 and took a gamble and got on the Great Glen Cycle Route at Neptune’s Staircase.
It was a beautiful ride along the Caledonian Canal tow path to Gairlochy.
I continued to follow the GGCR getting on the B8005 to Bunarkaig and then taking a really dodgy, bouldery road at Clunes which turned into a stoney foresty road alongside Loch Lochy.
A very bumpy, steep, gravel road which my road tyres didn’t take to very well.
It was great fun and would have been the best scenery yet if it weren’t for the black rain clouds blotting everything out!
I came out on the A82 at Laggan and it started to rain heavily. I pushed on past Loch Oich, missing the turn into Invergarry where I was thinking of stopping for the night (woops, going too fast!) and so kept going eventually all the way to Fort Augustus on Loch Ness.
I was soaking wet, cold and hungry so I stopped at the Scot’s Kitchen and had a beef and ale pie hoping I would find somewhere to stay on a full stomach. I managed to find a double room in a B&B for £30. I had a shower and handwashed my smalls. The owner said The Bothy did good real ales and were really friendly so I decided to pop down for a pint. I met Charlie from Glasgow and he bought me (not a wee) dram of single malt whiskey from the isle of Islay. I wobbled home and got to bed at 1am!
24.6 mph MAX 8.8 mph AVE 4 hours 52 minutes 22 seconds 42.81 miles
928.6 miles total