It really is nice to be in the mountains !
We packed up the car with all the toys and hit the road to take advantage of the Sept weekend !
First stop was the River Gary just South of Fort Augustus, this is a dam release river so only flows once a week.
The river is normally full of paddlers and rafts but this time it was deserted !
We took full advantage of it and played in kayak and boogie-board.
A short drive to the Fort Augustus chalet park after saw us checked into what would be base for the next few days.
The next day gave us some good weather so we had a good bike ride on the Great Glen Way to stretch the legs and take in some awesome views.
The track is wide and solid with a few wee hills to challenge the legs.
As a reward we had a few pints of real ale afterwards just to make sure we were re hydrated.
Saturdays weather crapped out so after a wee run along the canal we drove into Fort Bill, all those big outdoor shops with the same old same old gear really is a bore !
We visited the Boathouse Restaurant in Fort Augustus for dinner, a great place with true Scottish Fair !
Its about time we had more places like this instead of pubs selling prawn cocktail and steak pie !
Sundays weather was changeable and we walked up to Loch Tarf on the other side of Loch Ness, because of the Hydro station being built the road was busy and Glen Doe was shut !
We hiked up the hill next to Loch Tarf passed the Red Dear and were rewarded with an amazing view of Fort Augustus.
You don’t realise how much of a height difference there is between the canal and the Loch till you see it from here.
Monday was the drab day of driving back down the road !
Roadworks and caravans make the trip even longer, but mist and cloud sitting in Glencoe provides some respite !
All in all it was good to get away, no Munroe’s bagged, no scary steep technical single track biked and no hard white water kayaked !
Some may say that it was a wasted journey but for me it was nice to smell the mountain air and note that the season is changing with a cheeky chill in the air !