Today was a little more relaxed for me anyway as I knew the route and that Vicky had gotten over the really hard part yesterday with no issues. We had planned to have a 16 mile day today walking along the Affric Kintail Trail and then going into Tomich for a night at the Tomich Hotel (shower, bed, food) The walking was mostly level today along Loch Affric and around a forest track.
The weather had completely changed today from the previous two days. There was some high Cirrus clouds last night and that usually signals a change in the weather and we woke this morning with rain and low clouds and much colder temperatures.
Everyone was packing up in the rain. Below is Jayme Morgan and Peter Molenaar (Peter we had met last year on the challenge and he had been very supportive of us)
Peter and Jayme were off to walk on the north side of Loch Affric while we were staying on the south side
Glen Affric was everything that everyone said it would be as we walked along the side of Loch Affric for most of the morning.
Solitary Pine along the Loch
The rain would come and go put the clouds stayed very low all day. I would not have wanted to do the pass we did yesterday in today's low clouds. When the sun did peek out, it made rainbows every time. The rainbow seemed to match the color of the landscape and it was beautiful. We stopped several times in the morning just to look at the scenery
This picture is in color below but you can hardly tell the sky was so grey.
A very nice sign post pointing the way. You can see this detour on the route map above for Day 3 it has an arrow indicating the right through the forest.
It was a nice track through the forest, but the forest had been heavily logged and clear cut so those sights were not pretty and a reminder that everything in Scotland is privately owned and subject to use (or abuse)
The Tomich hotel of course was at the very end of town, but it was a welcome site with a bed, bath (not much hot water) but great food and drink.... more drink
Before dinner drinks had Alan Sloman and Phil Lambert join us in the bar (they actually continued on to Cannich that evening) and Judith (Barnes?) who was staying out on the lawn in her tent for the night.
Dinner was Peter, Jayme, Jeremy Burrows, Vicky and myself