"Travel sparks our imagination, feeds our curiosity and reminds us how much we all have in common..." - Deborah Lloyd
Date: 10 May 2017 (Wednesday)
Route: Drumnadrochit - Fort Augustus
Distance: 19 miles – 32 min
|(Monster Fish and Chips restaurant)|
|(A big portion of fish for two)|
|(Scotland's own £10 banknote)|
Lying on the impressive 60 mile long Caledonian Canal, halfway between Inverness and Fort William, Fort Augustus offers spectacular views down Loch Ness and is a paradise for keen walkers and cyclists with many beautiful walks around the area, the most popular being the Great Glen Way.
|(Visitors waiting for the locks to be opened)|
|(Unlocking the Caledonian canal for boats to pass)|
|(Caledonian canal enters the Loch Ness Lake)|
|(The locking of the gates)|
|(Visitors taking the cruise to sight the Loch Ness Monster)|
|(Attractions in and around Fort Augustus)|
Visitors can explore the surrounding countryside by cruising Loch Ness, home to the world-famous Loch Ness monster, or take a trip to nearby Urquhart Castle, a classic romantic ruin jutting out into the loch. Both Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and Fort William, ‘the Outdoor Capital of the UK’, are less than an hour’s drive and the famous Eilean Donan Castle, reputedly the most photographed castle in Scotland, is equally accessible at around an hour’s drive.
|(Strolling along the lake)|
|(Beautiful scenery of the countryside)|
On the way to Fort William we stopped at the foot of Nevis Range, a year round mountain ski resort in the Highlands of Scotland near Ben Nevis. Aonach Mòr is a mountain in the Highlands of Scotland located about 2 miles near the town of Fort William . The Nevis Range ski area is located on the northern slopes of the peak.
|(Exploring the highlands of Scotland)|
|(Taking a detour to a Ski resort)|
|(Mountain Restaurant and other amenities)|
The ski resort with breath-taking view was opened in 1989 and features a gondola lift and several chairlifts and ski tows. In winter these are used for skiing and snowboarding. In summer the gondola is used for lifting riders to the top of the downhill mountain biking track. It is also used by paraglider pilots to reach a variety of launching points.
|(Easy and scenic route with good view)|
|(Incredible cable car ride up Nevis Range)|
The easiest route to ascend the slope is to simply take the gondola to the top station at a height of 650 m above sea level, and walk the remaining way. More traditionally, the hill is often climbed from the south from Glen Nevis. The Nevis Range resort has hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup twelve times and hosted the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2007.
|(Snow capped mountains of Scotland)|
|(Anoch Mor overlooking the hills and valleys)|