It was getting colder as I camped but I didn’t expect snow – a light covering the next morning with more on the hills. The low-level snow disappeared quickly but it stuck on the tops. It was good to start in the sunshine and it was easy walking on forest roads to Invergarry.
Following my usual rule of not to pass a pub without going in, I went in for a lunchtime pint and decided that I would stay for lunch. I expected some other Challengers but there were only Skye-bound tourists. I had the old standard of haggis, neeps and tatties – it was overpriced and presented rather pretentiously but it was tasty enough. I’d have preferred a cheaper, more throw it at the plate style though.
As I left the Invergarry to head south to Laggan Locks, I met Lindsay, the lady with the trolley. She’d had something of an epic. Her stitches had burst pulling the trolley shortly after leaving Inverie and, after deliberating for 5 hours, she pushed the ‘rescue me’ button on her Spot Communicator. A couple of hours later, she was helicoptered to Broadford Hospital in Skye. That was the end of walking for her but not her Challenge – she was planning to turn it into a social event and travel around and meet folks on the way. What a great attitude!
South now to Laggan Locks via the cycle path through the forest. An easy walk and I met with Colin and John again on the canal towpath as we headed to the Loch Lochy Hostel. It was good to have a shower and get some clothes washed.
Food at the Eagle Barge had been recommended so I called them from Invergarry to book a table. They hummed and hawed a wee bit saying they were very busy but agreed to fit me in. Unusually, they then texted me the menu – you had to order in advance as everything is specially prepared. I went for the Hot Shellfish special. It was fabulous – lobster, crab, mussels, spoots (razor clams), prawns, squid, whitebait (I didn’t know they had a shell) and maybe other stuff that I’d forgotten. Surprisingly, there were no other Challengers eating (possible because it was fully booked) but I shared a table with two other groups who were walking the Great Glen way. Interesting conversations and entertainment from the boat staff. Highly recommended. A short walk back along the towpath in the dark.