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Aug 17, 2014 - Ladycairn to Drumnadrochit

Distance 15 kms, finish time early afternoon. It was suggested by one of our hosts that we contact George, the Contours luggage driver, and arrange to be dropped at Ladycairn to walk back to Drumnadrochit rather than walking out and waiting to be picked up at Dochgarroch. The other advantage was that we would be walking predominantly downhill. Hence it sounds like we're walking backwards on our trail - which we are just for today. It is again wet, the worst weather we have encountered to date, and we need to dress appropriately. From...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Drumnadrochit rest day

This is a scheduled rest day so after breakfast we walk back into the village and attend a game of Shinty which ends in a draw. Shinty is bit of a cross between hockey, hurling and a pub brawl - we had the rules explained to us in about 2 sentences. Most of the party attend the Loch Ness Exhibition with varying opinions on entertainment value. We then wait in vain for the bus to the ruins of Urquhart Castle with David, Judith and Tony. In the end we give up and walked with Tony while David and Judith catch a cab. We later learn that there...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit

We've all had fun getting our tongue around this - eventually gave in and just called it Drum. Most of our 23kms today followed Loch Ness. This time we found a well sign posted new high track, which as the name implies, involved some steep climbing, but with rewards of spectacular views over Loch Ness. A lovely day, no need for rain jackets, but the midgies thought so too and were out in full force. Drum is a busy little village, we went to a centre which covered all opinions and options about the Loch Ness Monster sightings and came out...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit

Distance 22 kms, finish time late afternoon. We depart Invermoriston via the Skye Rd and then a steep, narrow zig-zag road along a wooded slope until we come to a new high route that is clearly marked so the group elect to take this option. Again the weather is clear and no wet weather gear is required. The path reaches the top edge of the forestry and then runs alongside a stone wall climbing to give open views before descending a little to cross a footbridge over the Allt Cuinneag. Further on the route now makes a steady ascent giving...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle is located on the shores of Loch Ness. This was a large fortification on a hill overlooking the lake. Much of the fortress was built in the 13th Century on the site of an older Iron-Age fort. Little remains of the great fortress, as it was partially destroyed by the English during the Jacobite Uprising in the early 18th Century. Since then, like most abandoned ruined castles, the cut stone from the site was carried away by locals to be use as building material for many other buildings in the area.

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