Distance 19 kms, finish late afternoon.
We are all driven back to Gairlochy to resume the trail but take a short diversion to a beacon which affords a beautiful view along the length of the loch. Unfortunately, it is still raining so we set off in wet weather gear and pack covers. We walk along the edge of Loch Lochy to Achnacarry the Clan Cameron Museum but given the weather, and despite the possibility of a café a kilometre of the route, we choose to push on to Clunes in the hope there are facilities there – ultimately disappointed. We cross the bridge over the River Arkaig at Clunes and further along the track we find a small and well hidden shelter at the edge of the loch. We huddle together for warm drinks and some food before pushing on. As the track rises slightly the canal passes through a wide, deep cutting and we are at the highest part of the Great Glen. We eventually come to Laggan Locks and The Eagle, the Inn on the Water.
The Eagle is a Dutch barge converted to a bar and café which is a unique setting for our end of day beer. We witness a young German lad successfully attempt the world’s hottest chilli challenge to become only the 4th person to register on the “Wall of Flame”. From the Eagle it is about a kilometre to our accommodation, Forest Lodge.
This accommodation isn’t of the same standard as previous B&Bs. We discover that it's present owners Robert and Phoebe have recently sold the property to retire, and sadly it shows. Robert, our host, tries to be pleasant and drives us all to our dinner at the Great Glen Water Park. The food is OK and we enjoy a dram and link here before the restaurant staff drive us back to Forest Lodge.