John C Perry
John C Perry

Day 8 > 111 miles

Fort William to Kyle of Sutherland

 

What a day! I treated myself to a lie in until 5:30 a.m. and when I awoke and looked outside I saw Ben Nevis. By now I was getting used to the hearty large breakfast. Today I set off later than usual at 7:30 am. 

 

At Fort Augustus, at the southern end of Loch Ness, we were sign posted off the direct route to the scenic route up the very steep Borlum Hill. I was initially annoyed at this longer route to Inverness. The consequence was a pep-talk from Vicki to remind me of my purpose and to say YES to another hill-climb. It said 1,289 ft to the top but that ignored a 300 ft downhill near the summit. It was a slow relentless grind and I was elated when I got to the top having cycled all the way without getting off my bike.  

 

At the summit I was greeted by the support team waving flags and ringing bells. The views were breathtaking as was the very fast 3 mile descent to the first pit stop of the day.

The route then took me along the eastern shore of Loch Ness, through Inverness and Beauly with hanging baskets in full bloom. 

 

Past Dingwall I reached a viewpoint with stunning views of the Dornoch Firth. 

 

Then it was down to Ardgay to pause to consult with the cows basking in the late afternoon sun. Over Bonar Bridge, alongside the Kyle of Sutherland, arriving at the campsite at 6:20 p.m just before sunset. 

 

Today 111 miles and nearly 11 hours from start to finish. Glorious day, glorious scenery.

 

Looking forward to the final day tomorrow, Sunday. Only 104 miles to John O’Groats. 

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