Meall Fuar-mhonaidh

This morning we felt no guilt indulging in a big Scottish breakfast with all the trimming (sans mushrooms for me). For a long time we have been having Haggis in place of black pudding because its just more tastey, but I have really come to like the potato scones that come with most breakfasts up here. They are like a more tough potato-y version of English pancakes. 

This was because we were taking advantage of the beautifully clear and warm weather to climb a mountain. Meall Fuar-mhonaidh is the largest one overlooking Loch Ness topping out at 699m! It was a fairly steady walk and short by our usual standards at 10km round trip. 

At the top there happened to be a Geo Cache… well… near the top. It took some hunting around but i got it in the end. Only about 10 entries since 2017, so not many are able to find it. I’m not surprised as it’s hidden beneath a rock that looks exactly like a rock that looks just like all the rest. I did take a little time finding it and Aimi, left to guard the cairn at the top, was just about to send out a search party when I returned. 

Summit ticked and Geo Cache replaced, we headed down the ridgeline. It was an amazing view and as we walked down, we could see the full length of Loch Ness. Just next to where we parked was a conveniently placed tea room and pottery workshop. It was the perfect way to recover for a while in the sun. Also the pots were really nice so I ordered a specially made tea pot. This will be my wedding gift to myself.

On the way back to the hotel we stopped off in Fort Augustus for an ice cream. The guy serving us must have fancied me because he gave us 2 gigantic scoops each! Now we are sitting on the hotel deck drinking rum and coke, looking forward to our dinner.