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Month: June 2016

Day 32 – Brora to Dunbeath (Berriedale)

Day 32 – Brora to Dunbeath (Berriedale)

Day 32 – Smellydale Berriedale We awaken by the sound of a train passing us by, 30 cows around our tents and the busy trunk road heard. Not quite the scenic Wild camping Scotland we’d encountered along the way. However, there isn’t much choice on these last few days & in hindsight looking back, next time I’ll probably try heading up to Cape Wrath which goes through Scotlands Western Flank through the last wilderness with very little civilization for many days….

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Day 31 – Skelbo Wood to Brora

Day 31 – Skelbo Wood to Brora

What a day, at times today for some moments It seemed like I was in Barbados. This North East flank of Scotland is beautiful & full of pleasant suprises. Road walking continues, and it is never easy, however today we walk the road for some 6 miles to the town or village called Golpsie. It is here, the usual pot of tea is enjoyed outside a cafe in the smeltering sun, than we sit for lunch by the ‘award winning’…

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Day 30 – Alness to Skelbo Wood

Day 30 – Alness to Skelbo Wood

there’s alot to be said for wild camping, but ill start by saying if you’re not near water, and the day isnt relatively warm, having a wash can be difficult. However, streams & rivers are often crossed, and when you haven’t washed in days, the cool water is such a gift. This morning the sun is shining and we awake to start a small fire. Why you may ask… midgies, smoke seems to keep them at bay. So the usual…

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Day 29 – Inverness to Alness

Day 29 – Inverness to Alness

Today we enter into the last leg of the walk. The last 100 miles or so & it is supposed to be the least scenic part with the majority on roads. For those reasons I anticipate this last leg the most difficult. However, today was lengthy, rainy but not so bad at all. As you can imagine, the walk out of Inverness on this Saturday morning was busy, especially on the A9. We first cross Beuly firth coming out of…

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Day 27 – Inver Coille to Drumnadrochit

Day 27 – Inver Coille to Drumnadrochit

Today, I really begin to get acquainted with the Great Glen way & much prefer it to the West Highland way for many reasons. As I write this evening on a hill, slowly watching the sun depart for the day I feel gratitude for where I am right now & for all the experiences which have let me to this sweet place. Distance wise, today is short, but the peak of the trail is reached with views over over the…

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Day 26 – Laggan to Inver Coille

Day 26 – Laggan to Inver Coille

How do you peel an onion ? 1 layer at a time. How do you eat an apple Adam asks. I bite at a time ofcourse. No, adam responds ‘ with your mouth ‘… we both chuckle & we’ve both found humour to be a great ally on this journey, more so because we are having to put up with each other waffling crap all day to one another. Strength & hope are 2 things which have been circling my…

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Day 25 – Fort William to Laggan

Day 25 – Fort William to Laggan

Always hard to get up after a day of rest but we manage roll out of our tents, whack on the gas burner & gobble down a healthy portion of porridge. We depart the campsite passing the grand nevis on the right. In Fort William we start the great glen way towards Inverness.. Eventually we gain some heights passing through the beautiful forested shores of Loch Lochy As we continue along this Loch and back on the Caledonian canal after…

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Day 23 & 24 – Kinlochleven to Fort William

Day 23 & 24 – Kinlochleven to Fort William

Incase you haven’t notice, it is a real pleasure to be walking the world famous West Highland Way, which before this walk I never really heard of. Today is the last day on the trail & as much as I have enjoyed it I look forward to leaving the tourists behind, and carry on the adventure on less visited trails. The weather is moody & cloud mists past the tops of the munros. On exit of Kinlochleven, the guidebook said…

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Day 22 – Bridge of Orchey to Kinlochleven

Day 22 – Bridge of Orchey to Kinlochleven

We awake in the early morning forest with the suns rays cutting through the Scots pine. Yes, its one of those days & its clearly ‘the strech’ of the walk to walk if one were to pick. The highlands really say hello today. The whole journey so far comes flooding in my vision & a conversation I had with Adam near to the Scottish borders is recalled. It goes like this .. Adam – ‘You know, sometimes I really feel…

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