Just for a change we awoke to low cloud and rain but the BBC were predicting an improving picture by about 10.00. It is very difficult to get motivated to start cycling in the rain but I rolled off just before 8am believing the forecast , the first few miles were through tree-lined wet roads and brightened only by the sound of cuckoos and some interesting roadside art. As Loch Linnhe appeared the north-west side of the loch was in sunlight as the cloud was breaking. Following the loch side I crossed Loch Leven at Ballachulish taking the A82 to Fort William. The road into the town was lined with houses overlooking the loch and without exception every one was a guest house with “no vacancies” signs, business must be good. A lot of building work, redecoration and garden maintenance was being undertaken in readiness for the summer rush. After Spean Bridge there was a climb up to a viewing point to the Commando Memorial and some spectacular views of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, still with snow on the crest.
Carrying on along the very fast and busy A82 I had 2 incidents in quick succession. Firstly a car slowed and opened the passenger window and the elderly lady driver told me that my rear light was flashing and was very bright and I should consider turning it off, (I guess you cannot please everybody !! )The second was a very close pass by a van who I came across again three miles further on as he had overshot a bend gone through a hedge and ended up in a ditch, the driver appeared OK so I enjoyed a wry smile as I passed.
The Great Glen provides amazing scenery in every direction and there is a sense of awe looking up at the mountains along the banks. A south-westerly tail wind allowed good progress in the sunshine. As I crossed to the north shore of the Loch the road became a bit more undulating and I was rather amused to see a sign in several languages including English saying “Drive On The Left”. Kaye drove ahead and located a lovely quiet camp site atDrumnadochit, overlooking Loch Ness, it was nice to finish the day in warm sunshine, get off the A82 and relax with a well-earned beer.
Connell To Drumnadrochit 87.17 miles
Avg Speed 16.7mph