The Two Drifters riding to Loch Lochy

We had a lovely day of sunshine (which have been a bit few and far between here!) so headed out to explore and decided to hire some bikes and go for a ride heading towards Loch Lochy.

Ready to ride to Loch Lochy

Ready to go!

It was a beautiful day, we rode along the Great Glen Way, which was following the Caledonian Canal towards Loch Lochy and Fort Augustus. It was very easy riding along the canal. Nice and fairly flat, with beautiful scenery along the way.

Riding to Loch Lochy along the Caledonian Canal

The nice easy part of the ride!

After getting to Gairlochy, we suddenly had to ride up an extremely steep hill (a nasty surprise after the pleasant ride along the canal!) however was so worth it. There were incredible views across the loch with the mountains towering in the background. Little bit scary riding along here though – edge of a mountain, riding along a one lane road where there were lots of trucks and buses!! A little nervewracking for me!!

Loch Lochy in Scotland

Loch Lochy

We ended up down on the shore of Loch Lochy to enjoy our lunch. It was a beautiful picnic spot amongst the wildflowers. Incredibly peaceful overlooking the enormous loch.

A perfect spot for lunch on the shore of Loch Lochy

The perfect lunch spot

This area has some fascinating history with the Commandos, the elite green beret wearing soldiers of WWII, training grounds being close to Loch Lochy. They even used Loch Lochy for part of the preparation for the beach landings at Normandy and we came across remains of the training equipment on our ride, which was pretty cool.

Peaceful shoreline of Loch Lochy

Such a peaceful loch

A very fun day riding and exploring the countryside around Fort William. Loch Lochy was a very peaceful, beautiful lake and a lovely place to spend an afternoon!

Relaxing in the wildflowers on the shore of Loch Lochy in Scotland

Enjoying the sunshine while it lasts!

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Written by twodrifters
Hi there, we're Scott and Eilis, an Australian couple. We have been together for over 10 years and got engaged 2 days before we started our adventure of exploring Europe on a one-way ticket. We love adventures and have been lucky enough to have had plenty of them and now are endlessly dreaming of the next ones. We hope you enjoy our photos and stories - there's such a lot of world to see! Feel free to contact us at: