Drumnadrochit to Inverness, 32Km
Drumnadrochit is the monster epicenter of Loch Ness. There is a theme park (Nessieland) and an exhibition centre. Additionally, there were Nessie cafes, a Nessie hotel and souvenir shops. The inn only served the rather unpleasant Loch Ness lager, my only indulgence.
I ate a Loch Ness breakfast then set off on the final day of the Great Glen Way. At first, the path led down to the Loch but without warning it diverted me up and over the side of the Great Glen and that’s the last I saw of it. Perhaps I should have bought a ticket.
The path joined one of the old Drove roads which took cattle down to the markets for sale to the English in the 18th and 19th centuries. It led me through more beautiful scenery, open moorland and lovely woodland and I didn’t miss the Great Glen.
I met Rose & Matthew again (Rose will walk with me up the coast for a few days) and we walked for a bit until they stopped for breakfast. I continued into the woods and once again a spell was cast over me. Perhaps it was yesterday’s Troll Bridge. The woods were alive with all sorts of strange plants and fungi and I started to see little signs tempting me on. “Coffee”, “Hot Chocolate”, “Lemon Cake”, “Vegan soup” and more. Was an evil witch trying to lead me astray, deep in these woods?
A sign pointed off the path and I followed it to a gingerbread house. Another sign said “Ring the bell, but first complete the contact tracking form”. I hurried through the form and rang the bell. A lady rushed out of the house and said “Hello, who have we here?”. She looked more of a fairy godmother than a witch. I told her I was walking to Orkney. If it wasn’t for the plastic screen I’m sure she would have hugged me. She came from Orkney and missed it every minute of every day. She was brought up on a farm on the tiny island of Egilsay where I will start the St Magnus pilgrimage. Oh, how much she wants to walk that pilgrimage! She disappeared and soon her husband arrived bearing a large pot of coffee and a giant slice of lemon cake. Very impressive as they don’t have electricity.
I forget the ending of Hansel and Gretel which is how it should be when you have to see it every Christmas.