Route: as planned, but passing through the centre of Inverness for provisions
See http:/www.topwalks.com/tgoc2013.html Day 6 for map
Distance: 28 km (Cum 158)
Ascent: 650 metres (Cum 5630)
Time taken: 9.25 hrs including 3.25 hrs stops
Weather: dry but cool into Inverness, then showery, becoming fairly constant rain and hail, easing to showers in the evening
Challengers encountered: none
Recapping from yesterday:
The photo is of Ali and Charles outside the Cnoc Hotel.
My enthusiasm for amending my route to avoid the rough ascent of Cnoc na Gaoithe was misguided. I should on reflection have gone up the hill and wild camped by the burn to its south. But I didn't realise that the woods above Dochgarroch were private, easy to enter, and hard to escape from. Nor did I realise I'd made a mistake with the campsite - I had sfter all found it on the Internet. It must be somewhere else - perhaps at Scaniport?
Finally, the fire. I was lighting my stove using my new fire steel. I haven't mastered the technique. After several strikes I managed to light the stove and knock it over all in one action, resulting in an inferno in the enclosed porch of the tent. How I managed to open the door and chuck the fireball out with no damage to anything will forever be a mystery. A lesson has been learned.
On to today. I was on the canal towpath soon after 8, having again borrowed the key to the toilet from the friendly Air Cadets. The alternative may have surprised a few dog walkers.
This was the best bit of the day weather wise - you may guess that from today's picture.
The heavens opened as I passed through Inverness. I could tell that from the windows of the supermarket. And from the windows of the coffee shop.
Once out of Inverness, the path to Culloden was very pleasant. Bullfinches greeted me as I approached the impressive gates and buildings of Culloden House. I later noticed that the building looks the same as it was in some of the pictures that are contemporary to 1745.
More paths and cycleways led onto Culloden Moor, where I paid a visit to the Prisoner Stone, though I'm still not sure of its history.
A visit to the Battle of Culloden Visitor Centre was perhaps the day's highlight. I wish I'd had more time to appreciate it. Let's just say it's not your average visitor centre.
Whilst I was being impressed, and taking advantage of the café facilities, clods of hail were bombarding the building. Waterproofs were needed for the rest of my walk up to some boggy moorland to this surprisingly comfortable pitch. En route I have to admit to having weakened during a short pause in the deluge - I booked a B&B in Grantown for Friday.
Finally - hello Tim, I'm delighted to hear you are following my progress, and look forward to seeing you soon.
That's enough for one day, albeit an easy one. It's time to let the rain lull me to sleep.
Sent from a hill south of Inverness - NH 787 413