|Dún Dearduil, precipitous on three sides.|
The weather looked like it was going to be dreich and dreary (rain gear not optional) so we opted for a low level hike, on the lesser travelled east side of Loch Ness: the Inverfarigaig and the Falls of Foyers circuit. Above the trailhead, at Inverfarigaig, Dún Dearduil towers, the site of two Iron Age forts dating back 2,500 years. Deirdre, the heroine of a Celtic legend, a love story, lived happily here...but, unfortunately, not "for ever after".
|Exceptional facilities at the trail head.|
We would not be alone on this walk, but then one never is. With, perhaps, 5,000 species of bacteria in a gram of soil, representing billions of single bacteria in that tiny gram, it's a "crowded house" out there - but we didn't notice.
This, of course, was not the footprint of a bacteria.
Rain drops hung on the needles of the evergreens, a way station, before falling to the ground, or evaporating.
Ferns, like human beings, live in community...while some are still youthful, others are nearing the end of their lives.
Those who travel life's path sometimes leave aids to enable the passage of those who will one day follow in their steps, navigating the same obstacles.
And we always seem to come upon a "tunnel"...but no access permitted this time. :)
On the 5th of September, 1787, Robert Burns visited the "Fall of Foyers". The Gaelic name for this waterfall is Eas na Smùide - "The Smoking Falls". He may have gazed upon the remarkable flow of water near where Joan stands, captivated by the volume of peat-tinted water flowing out of the rock. He composed a poem, "Written with a Pencil, standing by the Fall of Fyers, near Loch Ness". The waterfalls also touched the hearts and minds of the Romantic poets John Keats and William Wordsworth.
|Robbie's "horrid cauldron".|
|- Robert Burns.|
"Lochside" living - sweet.
The "lower east side", and the Inverfarigaig and the Falls of Foyers circuit, a great hike...and "atmospheric".
Distance hiked: 11.5 km
Loch Ness Monsters seen:
One (Well OK, not this time.)
Dark tunnels explored: None.
Paths, tracks, and trails enjoyed: All.
Thanks for joining us.