Thursday, 5 June 2003

Day 12 - Oban to Fort Augustus - 76 miles

Another proper day ahead, so I try to get started a little earlier. Up a hill straight away, but after that it gets easier.

Today will take me along the Great Glen, a series of lochs which cut the highlands in two, running South West to North East. It marks where two tectonic plates are traveling in opposite direction - Northern Scotland is actually heading towards Norway!

Castle Stalker on the Great Glen - the kind of thing tourists love!

Crossing over some lovely bridges the wind is behind me again and means I can almost coast along. It rains for the first time on the trip, but it's only a shower. The route takes me through Fort William, where I have lunch, and past Ben Nevis.

Onwards to Fort Augustus, which is a lovely little place where the Caledonian Canal joins the southern tip of Loch Ness. You couldn't wish for a nicer place to live, if you could find a job to suit - it certainly wouldn't fit with commuting to London.

Fort Augustus - the Caledonian Canal on your doorstep

We're staying in the old bank house with the owner Joann, who bought the house for a song and has done it up beautifully.

Sadly we bump into to some rather horrible Geordies in a pub who are happy to sponsor me 'as long as the money doesn't go to Pakis'. Clare is really cross and I try to point out that MS and Motor Neurone Disease aren't great respecters of race...

Today's route:

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