Saturday, 15 May 2010

TGO Challenge - Day 1 Friday 14th

Walking 9.15 - 4.30
Miles walked today - 14
Total miles walked - 14
Distance left - 159

A little rain around 7am but it turned into a glorious morning and just right for striking camp. The view from the campsite over the loch with mountains behind was quite stunning.

The campsite

Cottages overlooking Loch Long

Eilean Donan Castle

We made our way into Dornie and signed out, as required, at the Dornie Hotel.

Me, Gill & Frank

After a visit to the village shop for some essential supplies we were off, at first alongside Loch Duich to Bundalloch, and then east for just over three miles following the valley and River Glennan to Camas-luinie, a little settlement of just a few houses. We met four other Challengers along this stretch. There was a little rain but not too bad. Continuing east, we followed the metalled track alongside and above the River Elchaig for several miles, hilly in parts but not too demanding. There were fine and clear valley views all the time.

At Iron Lodge we took a steep winding track south east for three miles to our pitch for the night, beside a gurgling burn called Allt na Criche, just before Loch Mullardoch, which we shall follow all day tomorrow. A good first day. A bit tiring but we're off to a good start.
Loch Mullardoch

Unfortunately, I've managed to pitch with a lump in the ground underneath my torso. The advantage of a tarp is that I can just shift to one side and a couple of feet down and use it as a pillow!

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  1. I trust that Frank bought more in the shop this time!!!

  2. Nice meeting you, we chatted at the campsite in Dornie. I was rather intrested in your tarp setup which you kindly showed me around.

    Great report and pics.