Well folks here it is, as promised. The pubs and hostelries we visited, and the offerings they had, during our Great Glen Way trek from Easter Monday, 09/04/2012 to Saturday 14/04/2012.
3 of us left from Birmingham early on Easter Monday and enjoyed a trouble-free trip to the Scottish Highlands. Getting close to Fort William we took a slight diversion to the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe. They had a range of 8 traditional ales on handpull, including Fraoch Heather Ale and An Teallach Crofters Pale Ale. Onward then to the Ben Nevis Inn, where we were spending 2 nights. Here we were presented with Isle of Skye Young Pretender, Isle of Skye Red Cuillin and, again, An Teallach Crofters Pale Ale. For cider lovers they had the relatively new, and non-traditional, Magners Golden Draught. Great thirst-quencher.
On Wednesday 11 April 2012 we walked the 24 miles from Fort William to South Laggan. One mile before reaching our destination we came to the Eagle Barge Inn at Laggan Locks. Do not pass this by!! We didn't, as it was hammering down with rain. A fully working barge that doubles as a pub and restaurant. Magnificent. 5 handpulls offered a traditional Westons Cider, Orkney Dark Island, Atlas 3 Sisters, Loch Leven IPA and Loch Leven Blonde. That last mile seemed a breeze after this. 2 of us later visited the bar at the nearby Great Glen Water Park. Disappointing and sparse.
On Thursday 12/04 we walked another 24 miles to the youth hostel at Alltsigh. The pubs at Fort Augustus were still closed when we arrived, and departed, and the Glenmoriston Arms Hotel wouldn't let us in with muddy boots, so I bought 2 bottles of traditional beer from the Post Office and shop nearby. I chose Orkney Dark Island and Wychwood Hobgoblin. Lovely when enjoyed in the silence next to Loch Ness.
Friday the 13th saw us stroll a 'mere' 10 miles to Drumnadrochit. The Loch Ness Backpackers comes very well appointed. It has its own bar, boasting 5 trad ales in bottle and Magners Cider again. We hobbled around to the Benleva Hotel and found they had 7 handpulled beers, including their own Dark Ness and Isle of Skye Hebridean Gold.
Sadly, on Saturday, having finished the walk into Inverness, we only had 30 minutes to catch our bus back to Fort William. No opportunity for a swift pint but I did pop in to the Grog and Gruel in Fort William later that evening. They had a selection of 5 beers: Williams Red, Dragonhead Stout, River Leven Blonde, Brewhouse Special and An Teallach.
All in all not a bad week for a Real Ale lover!!