After the ordeal with the wind yesterday we were hoping for a better day today.
We started early again from the best western at Fort William and opted for a cycle path rather than the road for the first ten miles or so. It was a canal path and as such a little slow going. After about 5 or so miles Mark got a puncture so it want exactly the best start to the day but it was dry and the scenery was nice so we we’re still in high spirits.
After sorting the puncture and getting back on the tarmac we again opted for another cycle path on the north shore Loch Lochy. Again amazing scenery and some stunning cycling. After a while this road also deterated into a unsealed gravel path which hit our speed. And then the rain started and literally didn’t stop all day.
Although slow the cycle path was an amazing ride – cut through a pine forest with some unbelievable water falls coming down off the mountain. At one point we even had to negotiate a fallen tree blocking the road!
We finally hit some decent tarmac and made up some time round Loch Oich and onto Fort Augustus. After a hearty lunch of soup and haggis sandwich we motored further north following the A82 along the west coast of Loch Ness.
After a while we turned off the main road and headed over a very large steep hill towards our stop for the night at Dingwall.
It was a good day, better than yesterday but very very wet. Here’s what my hands looked like by the rand of the day