Tuesday 26th December 2023

Bught Park to Craig Dunain (6.0 miles).

We Made a start on the Great Glen Way. Having completed the Moray Coastal Trail we now want to try other walks. We have started on the Speyside Way. We also want to do the Great Glen Way. Today had a lovely forecast in the middle of wet miserable weather.

Friends of our’s little boy was sick and was blue-lighted to Raigmore Hospital last night. We looked after their daughter who stayed with us for the night. She is a delightful wee girl and it was no problem. We drove her back home and found her brother had been released from hospital diagnosed with Scarlet Fever. What a relief it was nothing worse. Anne and I continued on to Inverness and parked at the Bught Park near the Ice Rink where we started our walk. Not quite the start of the Great Glen Way. We ate our picnic in the car and started off about 1.00.

We haven’t had sun like this for a while but it was cold!

For a short distance the route takes you alongside the Caledonian Canal.

Underpasses help get over (or under) the busy roads.

The track climbs from the canal through houses to start with.

This is the old Craig Dunain Asylum. My brother Billy worked here for a while before becoming a Community Psychiatric Nurse. It is now converted to flats. There has been a lot of house building round here.

The way is marked by these blue posts.

It is winter and we are getting into the snow line as we go up!

Near where we stopped for the day, three miles from the car, is the disused Craig Dunain Reservoir.

This blue post near the pylon is where we decided to make our marker when we do the next section. That will be coming from Abriachan. We met quite a few people here.

Then it was down to the canal. We had been comfortable coming up but we were cold going down.

There was a full moon over the Sport Centre.

And over the car.

We got back to the car about 3.25. The light was going out of the day already. It was a nice healthy walk if a bit shorter than we had planned for the day.