Where on day one the main human interest along the way were runners, today we encountered a herd of mountain bikers oh yes and our friendly shadow was there as well.
As this is a long leg at 22km we left fairly early, around 9.30 we were on our way. Weather had improved slightly we still had a lot of drizzle but no showers during the day and toward the end of the day there was even some sunshine.
The walk itself was pretty as a picture with some nice paths through woodland and along the loch. We also walked along the road for some time but this too was through all shades of green and purple Scotland currently has to offer.
Early in our walk SO decided to have a little look off the main path to have a look at a clearing and a nice stream we heard. He called me over and then is when we found Fairy Town. I have no idea whatsoever whoever made up this thing, bit as you walk through a fairy like gate you see a rabbit and a clock and all of a sudden it is as if you are whisked away as Alice once was to wonderland. there are stuffed animals in a pen and in trees, pots and pans hanging off trees, artificial flowers. Everything is made ready for the return of Oberon it seems. There are some signs saying thank you for the gifts and the fairies are moving as of autumn 2015. Really quite extraordinary to walk through. We took pictures and when I am home I’ll see what I can find out. We loved finding this little surprise.
Further down in the forest we encountered the mountain bikers As there were quite a few we had to step right to the edge of the path to give enough way. We had our pricked lunches on two rocks that kinda looked like two seat, but getting back up was not easy. When your are hiking the muscles get very warm when sitting close to the ground they cold down in place. We needed about 1 km to get back up to speed.
We were so glad when we finally saw South Laggan. We’d been walking for 5 hours and had been on our way (including breaks) for about 7. there we found the Eagle In Bargepub. Yes a boat refurbished as a pub! So cool and nice people too. From there we were supposed to call a taxi to take us to the hotel. Nice thought but it was clear that the taxi was not there.So in the end we called the hotel and they said they’d send so body round int about 30 minutes, which was grand. Our chauffeur told us that this happens in about 50% of the cases when they have walkers stay.
Now then we got to the hotel and WOW is an understatement. It is a castle which has been converted to hotel. The room is donned in a tasteful character display with lots of tartan. We have a splendid bathroom with bath, which was used immediately to soak our tired tired legs. After that we sat in the library with Jane Austen window seats overlooking the loch. At seven the bell rang and guests are in invited for dinner. The meal was very well done, but not over the top fancy. understated class really. A good place for a well deserved good night sleep.