The flattest, most serene and straightforward 10 miles I could imagine. The Great Glen Way is also very well waymarked and it is (so far at least) almost impossible to lose your way.
After a mile or two through woods and passing around my old friend, Caol, the path follows the Caledonian Canal. On the way, there is Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight locks that rise or fall 64 feet over a distance of about 450 yards. I made absolutely sure to not to pump my bilges, or pimp my bulges, since that would seem to be a cardinal sin in these parts. Someone more boaty than me can probably explain in words of one syllable what that operation entails.
Moving on swiftly, I dawdled and ambled up the Canal, had a light lunch, and then dawdled and ambled a bit more. I had had a very relaxed early morning, barely starting walking before 11, knowing that the arrival time due at my b&b in Gairlochy was 4pm. Wikipedia give the population of the hamlet as 100, so getting there too early wouldn’t be likely to spawn lots of opportunities to pass the time. In the end, I arrived at about 3:45 and it was no problem.
It was a beautiful walk, moreover. Never more than about 10 yards from water!
So, 10 miles, as I said. Total of 834, and I reckon around 181 to go. Getting closer to the end, and now moving consistently in a north easterly direction. Lovely that the day was dry, not too hot, not too cold and a very slight breeze behind. Long may that last!