Day 7: Blackfold to Inverness
September 9, 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 — 12km / 7.5miles A leisurely start at 10am for a leisurely day’s walking. The morning’s pick-up to drop me back at Blackfold was around 9:30am, and I was back on the trail at 10:10am. I’d arranged an early arrival with Gary from Fairfield Lodge, which was no problem at all. […]

Day 6: Drumnadrochit to Blackfold
September 9, 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 — 19km / 12miles. After breakfast I said good-bye to Alison – who’d arranged a taxi to take her to Inverness airport – and headed to the Drumnadrochit Hotel’s coffee shop for a latte before starting the actual walk for the day. There was no rush as I had to reach my […]

Day 5: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit
September 9, 2016

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 — 24km / 15miles. I set off just before 9am for this, the longest leg, of the Loch Ness Round Walk. Alison decided not to walk today and to take the bus to Drumnadrochit. Probably a good decision given the distance and accumulated elevation gain this day. The morning started with […]

Day 4: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston
September 9, 2016

Monday, July 11th, 2016 — 15km / 9.5miles This was by far the most rewarding day when it came to views. Lessons learned about arriving too early, we again set out at the very civilized time of 10am. Turning left out of the driveway of Thistle Dubh (pron: ‘do’ – clever name really) we started […]

Day 3: Foyers to Fort Augustus
September 8, 2016

Sunday, July 10th, 2016 — 23km / 14.5miles This day was slightly different than the other walk days. As always, I had studied the map and terrain the evening before. Taking into account the distance and elevation gain in the second half of the days’ walk, and the fact that I could not see an […]

Day 2: Dores to Foyers
September 8, 2016

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 — 21km / 13miles. That morning we walked out of our B&B before 8am and were greeted by a light drizzle and fog over the Loch. For the first few kilometers the trail veered away a few hundred meters from the Loch and, after climbing a little, leveled out on an easy forest […]

Day 1: Inverness to Dores
July 9, 2016

Walking around Loch Ness had been on my walking-wish list for quite some time, so I was really happy to finally get my boots on and to start this circular walk around the Loch. I again used Contours Walking Holidays to book my accommodation and transfer my luggage; I prefer walking with only a day pack. […]

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 As promised by the weatherman and every weather app available, the day presented itself rather miserable and wet and windy, with no relief in sight. So I decided to take a rain-rest day and travel with my luggage form La Cazette to Les Mas des Eglantines. I cleared it with Hilde […]

Day 4: La Frayssinette to La Cazette
April 29, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016 It was an absolutely gorgeous morning to wake up to and the weather stayed great all day: sunshine and not too hot, perfect walking weather. Breakfast at 9am was a feast, and we could pick and choose to make our own lunch packet. This was also the last time this group […]

Day 3: Albugue to La Frayssinette via Coupiac
April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 By now I was used to the leisurely pace and presented myself for breakfast just before 9am. I did have fresh coffee, milk and a coffeemaker in my room, so I’d enjoyed a cuppa beforehand. Croissant with homemade jam, some cheese, homemade apple juice (Michel made 182 liters of the delectable […]

Day 2: La Libaudié to Albugue
April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 To avoid confusion let me mention here that the ‘place names’ in the titles of the posts ‘Walking in the Vallée du Tarn’ are the names of the actual houses I stayed at. When you book walking holiday with ‘Franse Valleientocht’ you are not on a trek, instead they have walks […]

Day 1: La Bouysse to La Libaudié
April 26, 2016

Tuesday, April 25th, 2016 I found this walking holiday with Franse Valleientocht after doing a google search in Dutch instead of English, and the idea of staying with Dutch speaking hosts appealed to me. It’s a ‘chambre d’hotes/table d’hotes’ formula whereby you walk from house to house, via different routes, all in the same neighborhood; luggage gets transported. My hosts […]

Day 12: Monmouth to Chepstow
October 14, 2015

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 What to say about this last walking day. It turned out to actually be the longest day, distance wise; not walk day 10. The itinerary I received from Contours gave the daily walking distance, measured from lodging to lodging. For this day the distance was given as 27km/17miles, however the actual end of […]

Day 11: Pandy to Monmouth
October 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 We said goodbye to Sandra our lovely host, from the wonderfully nice, and a little different ‘Lancaster Arms’, after breakfast and hit the trail just before 8am. Did I need to mention that it was a lovely, bright morning, with the sun just peeking from behind the hills? The weather again […]