Day 94 – Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus – 14.11 miles

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Sunday 24th April 2016 – 1008.5 miles
A bit of Iight rain first thing this morning but it didn’t last long.

We walked alongside the canal for a while then the path took us up through woodland and along to the end of this section of the canal at Laggan swing bridge opening onto Loch Oich.
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We passed by a water activity centre and then joined a disused railway track at the Invergarry Station Project where a length of track has been laid and it looks like they will be rebuilding the old station.
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Easy walking along the dismantled railway all the way along Loch Oich with beautiful views through the trees.
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We could see the old Invergarry Castle across the loch.
We reached the end of Loch Oich around 11am having just completed our one thousandth mile!
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We took our usual selfie and celebrated the occasion with buttered scones and jam (given to us by Victoria) washed down with a tot of whisky (given to us by Gary and Jackie in Knightswood, Glasgow).
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The rest of the walk for today followed the canal on a wide well surfaced track. Plenty of sunshine too although the wind was a bit fresh. We stopped for a break at Kytra Loch.
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Such a pretty place – the gardens are well kept and everything looks very well cared for and maintained. We met the lock keeper for the day – Kim who gave us some drinking water. She was on her lunch break and came over for a chat. image

We discussed our walk and also about the canals and how we think that more public financial support should be given to keep all the canals in the UK in good order. Not only for the likes of us walkers and cyclists but for people who live and work on the canals.
Reluctantly we had to walk on so we said our goodbyes – good to meet you Kim and what an amazing job you have.
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It was only a few miles to Fort Augustus and we reached the end of the canal at a flight of locks leading down to Loch Ness.
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We stopped at The Lock Inn for a pint and while I wrote the day’s blog and uploaded it along with yesterday’s blog, Dave went to find a shop to buy bread etc.
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We left around 5pm and walked out of the town up a steep footpath through a small housing estate then up through the woods to a track.
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We walked for about half a mile then found a good place to camp. We also had a campfire which is our first one in Scotland.
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A lovely evening sat by the fire – Dave cooked us an omelette and a toasted cheese sandwich for supper.
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A pleasant end to yet another great day.

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