Our penultimate nights stay was at Bracarina House in Invermoriston, and our evening meal was in the Glenmoriston Hotel next door. Both were good and appreciated after a shorter walk from Fort Augustus!
We woke up on our last day of walking, knowing that the day ahead and the 14 miles could be hard and seemingly never-ending! However we enjoyed the best weather of the whole trip, with stunning views over Loch Ness and beyond. The first climb out of Invermoriston was a steep one, rising to 700ft in less than a mile, followed by a later one to 1000ft, over a distance of 3 miles. That certainly burnt off our breakfast! After we had climbed, we then had the knowledge that it was all downhill to Drumnadrochit!
Walk Route: Noticeable climbs through forest track and path, gravel road on the downhill
Time of Departure: 8.55am
Time of Arrival in Drumnadrochit: 15:35
‘Hairy Scary’ moment of the day: Almost getting knocked off our feet by mountain bikes speeding downhill
Our final B&B stop was at Glenkirk in Drumnadochit. A converted old church, our stay was very comfortable and the perfect end to our trip.
A couple of people have asked me how hard the walk was. We are novice walkers – we enjoy getting out regularly with the dog and we tend to get out and about to do a longer walk (7-8 miles) once a week. We considered that good training, as the GGW is considered a good first long distance walk for novices. The climbs were hardgoing at times, but we ensured that we were carrying as little as possible and we took it at our own pace on the uphills and then sped up on the flat/downhill. We spent between 3.5 hours and 6 hours per day, depending on the terrain and where was good to take a break (we generally spent 30 mins for lunch and a couple of very quick water breaks if we needed them, which we were quite happy with. Ultimately though, it was the promise of good views and the achievement of completing our route which spurred us on!