A couple of weekends before the beginning of the Challenge, I wanted to test my fitness a bit and my new rucksack (Osprey Ariel 55 AG), on the spur of the moment, we went off to climb a hill we’ve been looking at from a distance for quite some time. It’s a very prominent, rounded lump, along the west of Loch Ness south of Drumnadrochit, Meall Fuar-mhonaidh. Off we set, having purchased our Meal Deals from Tesco, to drive to Balbeg and then abandon the car neatly just before the pottery.
The lump we were heading for
After leaving the car park, we followed a road for a short while to its end, then a path lead us to a pretty silver birch wood.
The path through the trees eventually gave way to open hillside and the path continued gently upwards.
There were showers around about us, but none came our way all day.
Still heading up.
A stile to cross the deer fence, good practice…
And the views just kept coming
Along the Great Glen towards Inverness and the Moray coast
…glad we weren’t caught in that downpour…
My first primroses of the year
I make no apologies for the amount of photographs, it was a glorious day and we had a fabulous day out. My pack was beautifully comfortable, although it was only half what I might expect to carry on the Challenge.
Roughly 9.34 km total distance 523m total ascent and 2.4km/h