Day 8: Onich, Inverness-shire (88 miles / 758 total miles)

SATURDAY 27 JULY: The start of day 8 brought an unforeseen challenge and if I’m honest I’d rather not mention it but as I’ve told Jason he says it has to go into the blog.

Arriving yesterday evening with damp clothes and cycling shoes I thought I’d utilise the bathroom towel rail to dry out my shoes and eventually managed to balance them on top of the rail. During the night I heard a thud but was too tired and stiff to be bothered to get out of bed. I wish I had because on getting up I found one of my shoes in the loo. I could hear my wife’s (Maria) voice: “well it’s your own fault as I don’t know how many times I’ve told you to put the lid down”! Fortunately we were in a hotel and half an hour with the hairdryer managed to leave with two dry shoes. Pleased to report the cycling was drama free with the peleton seemingly taking a subconscious decision to have an easier morning as we tootled up the cycle path to Loch Lomond at a leisurely 10 mph. The morning was wet but it brightened up during the afternoon which made for a great ride through the pass of Glen Coe. The scenery just continues to get more spectacular. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow as we leave the A roads and are able to take in the scenery properly.

Things are back on track on the accommodation front, with the distance off the route of tonight’s B&B measuring only 43 yards on the index of shame.


Bessie’s Town Farm Forgiven

D8 Bessie's Town Farm Forgiven

Jason pacing out the Index of Shame

D8 Jason pacing the index of shame

Last leg begins

D8 Last Leg

Loch Lomond

D8 Lock Lomond

        Loch Ness                                                      Thistle Stop Tour

D8 Lock Ness      D8 Thistle Stop Tour

Looking back at Glen Coe

D8 Looking back at Glen Coe

Glen Coe

D8 Pass of Glen Coe