Great Glen Way complete ✅
Of all the ‘things’ I wish I could have out here with me sometimes, a bit of company’s probably the thing I crave the most. Therefore it stands to reason that upon receiving an email from a total stranger called Greg a few weeks ago, asking if he could come out and walk with me for a few days, my immediate (desperate) response was YES. FUCK.
It wasn’t like a lonely hearts meet or anything; Greg’s a documentary filmmaker who’s putting together a wee short about my walk. We’ve spent the last 4 days hiking the Great Glen Way between Fort Augustus and Inverness and let me tell you it’s been an absolute joy. Quick highlight: yesterday morning, on our final day, we stumbled across a local legend. The Abriachan Eco-Cafe is a charming wee spot that nests silently amongst the conifers and pines of the Great Glen Way, accessible only by foot via the trail itself. It’s the only place you can get a coffee between Drumnadrochit and Inverness, and at this time of year, with no discernible entry point or servers on hand, patrons must (first) find and ring a ships bell and wait for Sandra; a hilarious and enchanting host who asks what you want from the (seemingly) non existent menu, tells you to grab a seat (wherever) and nips inside to whip it up for you.
We began our final day with coffee and lemon cake and confident chickens pecking for crumbs around our feet. Lavly it was.
Anyway, I’m not sure what the film will look like, but I’m looking forward to seeing Greg’s vision come to life. His interest in learning about mental health and keen eye for an epic shot tells me it’ll be well worth a watch, so I’ll be sure to post a link once it’s finished.
In deep conversation and bouncing ideas around I’ve managed to figure some personal stuff out too, which I have Greg to thank for. I’ll go into detail about what exactly I mean by that some other time, right now all that’s necessary to report is that I’m happy.