Day 40 – Drumnadrochit to Inverness

Saturday 2nd November – with Simon Grey

17.8 miles … 1,650′ ascent … 2,280 calories … 37,582 steps … 5 hours 33 minutes

A great surprise at the end of the Great Glen Way…

Another lie in, this time to watch the Rugby World Cup Final, which started on the day I started this walk …. 20th September …. 40 walking days ago … over 900 miles ago … and by the way we have now raised enough money for a fourth rescue … over £20,000, nearly £21,000… I am sure we can make it to £25,000 and a 5th rescue!

Disappointing start to the day England…

Well, I am afraid the Rugby didn’t go according to plan … unless you are South African, Welsh, Scottish, Irish and most other nationalities apart from English… by the way, just saying, but my mother was born in Johannesburg!!

Simon, Lilo and I started walking at 11.30am. Simon has just joined the Kintail Mountain Rescue Team and he may be using the dog for search and rescue, if she trains well, so this was a good training walk – and I felt in safe hands. We soon got away from the busy A82 by the shores of Loch Ness and climbed through the forest on a very good path, making good time to make up for the late start.

John working out the intricacies of his fancy new phone!

Did you know that 2,000 Canadian lumberjacks came over to Scotland to help with the war effort in 1941… and many married Scots girls?

Canadian Lumberjacks story

The weather did get wetter … could be described as ‘dreich’ again … but not as cold as yesterday and it wasn’t long before we had followed the old drove road into the outskirts of Inverness, the fastest growing city in Britain apparently (apart from Peel that is!)

Great new App Simon showed us, with lots of our favourite hills – ‘Peak Finder’. We didn’t walk these today!

Fiona was waiting with Bablu by the Cathedral along with the Brido’s – what a wonderful treat to see two of our favourites by the riverside, in disguise of course. It seems like years since we saw them, not 2 months. We are looking forward to having the day off with them tomorrow.

Aah, our Manx buddies, straight from an ‘Aha’ concert in Glasgow, Marc & Sue Bridson
Meeting at the Inverness Cathedral; Sue, Simon, Lilo, John and Marc

Back for a lovely evening with Simon and Holly again in their lovely house on the Upper Bog! Check out their AirBnB site One of the best things about this trip is reconnecting with old friends, what a treat!

Simon and Holly Grey
Their lovely B&B Rowantree
This is just a treat pic, taken near our cottage in Tomdoun – one of our favourite places, not taken today…

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