Yes it had been dull, windy and pretty wet but we didn’t think the weather would get any worse, especially as we had travelled up in glorious sunshine!
After a very damp and dull trip to Bonar Bridge the evening started with a light snow shower – by morning it was clear that it would be too dangerous to cycle the planned direct route over high ground.
We decided to drive down towards Inverness on the A9 to find lower ground and hopefully less or no snow. On the way we found the A9 closed with the regional Air Ambulance in attendance, an ironic encounter but one that showed how important any donation is for any of the Air Ambulances across the UK.
Once passed the accident we thought we had found clearer roads at the top of Loch Ness. The bikes were unloaded and the cyclists pedalled towards sunny blue skies and some fantastic views of this famous stretch of water.
We heard, once at the hotel, that Loch Ness has its own weather system, something we all experienced as we travelled around the area. There was sleet, snow and sunny periods all the way to Fort Augustus (at the end of Loch Ness). The wet cyclists were collected at the end of the Loch and driven back to the Drumnadrochit Hotel to dry out yet again!
Day 4 Fort Augustus to Glencoe 48.2 miles – 4 hours 49 minutes
(Drumnadrochit to Fort William)
After a great meal and plenty of rest it was a dry start from Loch Ness. We drove to Fort Augustus, to where Karen and Martin had finished yesterday, unloaded the bikes and they set off towards Fort William.
To make up some extra miles the planned route was extended to finish at Glencoe.
If you have never been to this part of Scotland then do take some time to visit as the views and landscaping are spectacular – whatever the weather!
Today’s ride was relatively flat with only a few shallow climbs alongside the huge lochs down towards Glencoe. Along with the great views there were no snow, sleet or rain showers! Tonight at the Premier Inn in Fort William we don’t have gloves, socks, tops, shorts, waterproof trousers etc draped over everywhere drying for the next day!
Tomorrow it’s south into the hills again, some steep climbs but hopefully another dry day!