Planned kilometres: 37 (cummulative 1457)
Kilometres walked: 35 (cummulative 1526)
% Completed: 84.0%
Pubs visited: Eagle Barge Inn
Pints: 4 (cummulative 180)
Kms per pint: 8.5
Blisters: 0 (cummulative 4)
Fort William to Laggan
I started the Great Glen Way walk with my mate Steve today. The photo below is from above the table in the bar where Steve and I had dinner tonight. I have put this photo up first as this was pretty much the mantra for the day.
Steve caught the Caledonian Sleeper train from Manchester to Fort William and the train was on time arriving at 10am. The first part of the path was following the Caledonian Canal and we got some good views back of Ben Nevis, but none where there was no cloud hiding the top.
Along the canal is the Moy swing bridge which is a cast iron bridge and to open it the keeper needs to open the south side and then boat across the canal open the other section. This is how the bridge still operates today.
As we stopped for lunch, Steve took a photo of me next to the canal. I couldn’t work out why Steve keep asking me to move left when taking the photo until I saw the final photo.
After leaving the Caledonian Canal, we walked along Loch Lochy. Loch Lochy is said to the home of Lizzie (a sister of Nessie) but we didn’t see her.
This area of Scotland was used for commando training in World War II and today we came across a concrete practice landing craft used by commandos in training for landing craft assaults
Random sign on the road side next to a bridge
Tonight, we had dinner at the Eagle Barge Inn which is a converted Dutch barge on the Caledonian Canal. The barge is 95 years old and is armour plates and it was used by the Germans in WW2.
The bar even had details on how Real Ales are served
The Barge had an impressive collection of swords and even included some light sabres.
There was a sign on the light sabres that customers could use them, so later in the night after a few drinks, the light sabre fight was on. These light sabres were actual collectibles and made the right noises as you moved them and when they came together. A light sabre fight is always a good way to finish the evening.
Enjoying your photos and blog, hope you see Nessie at Fort Augustus,
Great photo’s, how true the first photo is, last photo’s proves it. Hope you continue to get good weather and discover interesting pubs to visit with big boy toys.