Trail Snail: if you want an old fashioned pub the Castle Tavern (easy stagger from the finish opposite the Castle) or the Phoenix (Academy St, same owner) are the best bet. Can't help you with anything trendier!
MacPerky: I did wonder if I'd get any runners needing last minute repairs, working as the emergency dentist for Inverness today. Sadly I'm on tomorrow too, precluding any running.
Good luck to all who are running, enjoy our wee corner of the world.
You won't miss the caf Elspeth. There are lots of 'eclectic' home made signs advertising it on the trail. Looks like you'd have a nice tail wind from Drum this weekend, as will the LN Marathoners. Hope the boat is OK, I seem to remember some rough crossings when the weather seemed fine and smooth ones where the surf was up.
Good luck to OH and tricialitt for the racing. I get to Direct parkrun then work which is less exciting, though we are typically quieter when the weather is good. I will be amused if I get a panicking marathoner with a toothache tomorrow, can I keep a straight face while telling them that they need to take it easy and avoid physical activity?
It is a really nice run from Drum, Elspeth, other than the 2 miles on the road out of the village. And easy to navigate by the Way markers. You'll see a few people on the trail, and there is the cafe part way. The route I sent is my favourite bit of the GGW as it has the nicest trail underfoot, ther route from Drum has forest road and quite a bit of tarmac.
Let me know if you can view that Elspeth. Head down the canal to Dochgarroch on the south side of the canal, cross at the locks and run to the A82. Maps show that you can turn right on the A82 then a quick left onto back roads, I have only run on the main road as there is a good shoulder to retreat onto (1km on the road or so). Turn left at the sign for Blackfold and run up the long climb in the woods. Not long after the end of the trees the Great Glen Way goes off on the right. Follow the GGW all the way back to the canal (gentle climb, several miles in the woods, then a long steep descent past a pond) or stay on the forest road (where the GGW goes to the right down past the pond, there is a gate just before where the GGW turns) and come out on Leachkin Brae. Continue down this till you see the obvious car park for the Craig Phadraig woods on the left, follow the forest path straight through, past a big open area where forest roads meet (sometimes with piles of wood if there is active logging), and head straight down the long hill. At the little tarmac road go right, then take the concrete steps on the left as you reach the houses. This brings you to the end of a cul-de-sac, go left and across the dead end road to a little path into a small area of woods. Stop at the monument for a view then descend to the road at Clachnaharry. Here there are several ways to rejoin the canal for the return to your start. This route would be about 15 miles. Hope it all makes sense!