Friday, 6 June 2003

Day 13 - Fort Augustus to Golspie - 85 miles

Wake up working out how we could buy a 6-bedroom B&B next to Loch Ness, but obviously realise it's not practical.

It's the penultimate day of the ride and the longest by a considerable margin. So as Clare's pootles off for a short ride along the Caledonian Canal, I head off along the banks of Loch Ness. Perhaps that would be the solution - take a picture of 'Nessie' and retire on the proceeds!

This is the best I can do - sadly I think that's a boat...

Loch Ness Monster?

Carried on through Inverness, even if it is worth visiting, I simply don't have time today. Crossing the Cormarty Firth I see the unusual, if strangely beguiling, sight of oil platforms moored in the sea loch, which is where they are repaired, I think

Oil platforms at rest in Cromarty Firth

Stop for lunch at Alness after 55 miles. It's a delightful part of the country and the wind is behind me, which always gives everything a rather more rosy glow. Carry on over the Dornoch Firth and decide to continue to make tomorrow a shorter day and finish at Golspie up the coast, by Dunrobin Castle and wonder whether it is owned by an ex-crook...

Dornoch very sweet, you can see why Madonna and Guy Ritchie got married here last year. Walk out towards the sea, past the desolate golf course and through the dunes...

Today's route:

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