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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Arrival in Cannich.

We sadly said our goodbye's to Glenelg and to Martin ? who was walking the whole Scottish Coastline. What wonderful scenery and very friendly locals.
Back over the Mam Rattagan Pass with stunning views of Kintail and Loch Duich and onwards via lunch in Drumnadrochit to Cannich campsite.

Views from Mam Ratagan Pass

We pitched our tent and later in the evening the site manager came over and recognised me from when i camped  in 2014. That was nice.
The site was very quiet with only 3 other tents within any sort of distance. No kids, no music, just peace and quiet.No midges here either.

Cannich campsite has a cafe franchise called The Bog Cotton, run by another Sheila. Its a nice place, friendly and decent food. It opens at 9.00am every day and around 7.30am on TGO Challenge week.

Showered and changed we headed off to the Slaters Arms. Unfortunately most folks first sight of the village is the run down, empty, dump of a place that used to be The Glen Affric Hotel.  Part of it was on fire when we passed and the Fire Brigade were in attendance.
It seems that the building is full of asbestos and no one wants to pay for its removal or demolition. Cannich is poorer for this eyesore and eventually someone will have to bite the bullet. Sooner the better in my opinion.

The Slaters had quite a few in for meals and only a few folk at the bar. We chatted to the landlord who was telling us stories, funny i may add, of this years Challenge crowd. He is very upbeat about the Challenge and wanted me to convey that he will always try his best to ensure everyone who wants food gets it, even though officially the kitchen closes at 8.00pm.

The quiet after the storm.The Slaters Arms.
Whilst chatting, another guy joined in and it came about that he was walking Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness. More on this later.
Tomorrow we go to Plodda Falls, Dog Falls and a trip down to Loch Affric. Doing the touristy bit.


Dawn said...

Nice one Alan.

AlanR said...

Thanks again Dawn.

Phreerunner said...

I'll second your comments about the Slaters. When Sue and I arrived there in heavy rain on last year's TGOC they were very kind and attentive, providing an early meal and offering a lift to our B&B, which was a half hour walk away.
They even managed to recover one of my hiking boots that one of their dogs had taken to a hiding place to have a good chew of the tasty leather!

AlanR said...

Actions speak louder than words they say. Scott asked me to add a message from them to the message board which I have done.

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