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  • Mediocre Glen Way
    • 20/09/2013
Ok, so, the great glen way, Loch Ness etc. Still got ten miles to go tomorrow morning but thoughts so far;

Lots of big tracks through pine plantations with no views whatsoever. I got hugely excited whenever I actually caught a glimpse of a loch at a break in the trees.
Loch Lochy today has afforded better views on the whole.

Stayed in a couple of very good hostels, and had nice camp spots by the canal in between. Otherwise camping opportunities very limited on the long forest sections.

Urquart Castle was a fun experience, since following local advice I sneaked in after dark when its all floodlit, avoiding the 8 quid entry fee. And a very atmospheric place to be, as it juts out into the centre of loch Ness.

No sign of any monsters, but plenty of tour buses and boats.

Other highlights include the sadly defunct Invergarry to Ft Augustus railway line, which collapsed after disagreement on financing the continuation to Inverness, and today a rather bizarre "fairy forest", like falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, the trees are suddenly full of teddy bears, wind chimes, shoes, you name it! Must be seen to be believed.

Oh and some impressive Victorian canal engineering including swing bridges and some massive locks. Looking forward to seeing "Neptune's staircase" tomorrow.
  • daydream believer
    • 20/09/2013
I've been daydreaming a lot, especially on these easy forest tracks where no active brain power is required for navigation or foot placement.
Sometimes the scenarios get ridiculously convoluted, bringing up all sorts of little details and problems to think around.
Today I was daydreaming, and then realised that one thing wasn't actually imaginary this time.
But by the time my brain had woken up and I went back to check, it was too late.

Que sera sera!


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