We knew that the weather was going to be chilly and wet today so we decided a walk in the drizzle was a better option than standing out in it at the locks.

Fort Augustus is a stop off point on the ‘Coach Tours of the Highland’s route. There is a Londis at the Garage, McVeans shop and cafe, a post office, a butchers and a couple of souvenir shops and a couple of Chippys……….not a lot of town when 3 coachloads descend at once. One coach of camera toting Japanese tourists ventured down along the towpath and we had a succession of people posing in a proprietorial way against the boat. I invited one girl on-board to have her photo taken, causing a lot of hopeful looks and smiles from the following group, but we had boots and waterproofs to don……… the call of the wild beckoned us.

Walking in the drizzle, Fort Augustus

Wild walking in the drizzle, Fort Augustus

At the visitors centre we found a map of circular walks and plumped for the shortest, as the fine drizzle was not so fine anymore. We walked along the towpath doing a recce for tomorrow, past the golf course, where the green keepers were a small flock sheep and across some heathland with cattle lying down in preparation for rain??

A very posh cow

A very posh cow   ‘You don’t see many of those around here, do you?’



Walk completed, we went for afternoon tea at the McVeans, overlooking the river Oich……..probably the rudest female version of Basil Fawlty to be found in Scotland was operating the till……..didn’t score too highly with the maestro!
So back to the boat for a cosy evening in front of the hot air blower, a tasty lasagna, cooked by Dawn and a game of Boggle……. the joys of a relaxing,’ not got to go anywhere’ day.

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