Dornoch to Fort Augustus

We didn't know it at the time, but this was to be the last pain free day of the trip. We awoke early, ate an excellent breakfast and were on our way wondering why it was so easy. Ignorance is bliss!

The A9 is a different prospect on a Monday morning to a Sunday afternoon, but the wind was with us, so we just kept going as quickly as possible until we could part company with it at the Cromarthy Firth bridge.

We stopped just after the bridge, with the Sun shining on the Cromarthy Firth shoreline and ate the packed lunch Rose had prepared for us, again it was excellent. As we neared Dingwall, the halfway point for the day, it was getting very warm indeed, so a water and Snickers ice cream stop was in order.

Our route cut the corner to Inverness by climbing over Glen Convinth and then dropping down to the Loch Ness shoreline at Drumnadrochit. It looked a good plan on the map, but the 5 mile climb out of Beauly was no cake walk, for me at least (I can't comment for Christian as I lost sight of him after about a mile as usual.)

Not that I wanted for company, my perspiration attracted every fly in the highlands to assume a geostationary orbit within 6 inches of my head for most of the 5 miles! On the bright side it must mean some part of me is has more appeal than a dog turd!


After an extremely rapid descent into Drumnadrochit we reached our destination, the Altsigh Youth Hostel near Invermoriston, in no time and way too early.

After some discussion we decided to push on to Fort Augustus, where there are a plethora of guest houses available, as the following day was due to be a long one.

Again I was left to ponder my calculations (the journey was 10% shorter this time.)

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Day:2 of 13
Date:30 June 2003
To:Fort Augustus
Distance:123 KM
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