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Day 34 – Wick to John O Groats

Day 34 – Wick to John O Groats

The final day, it sounds weird saying that after being on the road for a month. When an adventure ends, a new one begins & I’m sure there will be plenty more adventures of varying kinds coming my way for the remainder of the year. I sit here at home while I write this appreciating the homely comforts which aren’t available’on the road. But I also sit here, quite simply with less desire to actually do anything. The amount of…

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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 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 20 – Sallochy to Inverarnan

Day 20 – Sallochy to Inverarnan

The birds tweet as I write this evening, gazing into the remote highlands. Skys have turned blue from a day of threating rain, and most importantly midgies are no where to be seen. A deep breath in and long sigh out… life is good. Like anything, walking is an art, a vast amount of people we bump into on the West Highland Way seem to be in some sort of state if shock. If only they walked the purgatorious Pennine…

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Day 19 – Drymen to Sallochy

Day 19 – Drymen to Sallochy

A wholesome interesting relatively short day. Weather is dreary and we are stuck in the clouds by the time we reach conic hill but Loch Lomond is seen for the first time through the mist. The clouds start to lift as the sun rises and the route is packed full of walkers. Conic Hill looks higher than it actually is & we scale around the side before the descent into busy Balmaha. Coach loads are here spending money in the…

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Day 18 – Croy Hill to Drymen

Day 18 – Croy Hill to Drymen

Limits. What are they? What’s there purpose ? Barriers of the mind… Todays a turning point & from today we leave behind canal walking for the West Highland Way. We walk the canal for several miles where it turns in a disused railway line. Walking through several picturesque villages & admiring the change scenery. The Campsie Fells domi ates the north. We eventually hit the West Highland Way.. The West Highland way takes us into the lovely town of Drymen….

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Day 17 – Linlithgow to Croy hill

Day 17 – Linlithgow to Croy hill

Now following yesterdays blinding canal walk, we ramp up for the same again. But soon start to realise, theres only so much straight line walking with no gradients one can take. Especially as underfoot is mainly concrete. However we are overwhelmed by the musky aroma of fresh Yarrow growing along these canal banks… We are mildly impressed by the Falkirk wheel (featured pic), and before reaching we take a quick walk into Falkirk for some quick supplies which takes longer…

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Day 16 – Edinburgh to Linlithgow

Day 16 – Edinburgh to Linlithgow

Tranquillity…. Is a word I don’t use much. These days I barely read so my vocab isn’t to vast, but after today tranquillity is certainly a word I will be welcoming back into my life. The walk today left Edinburgh Haymarket around 9am after a sharp cup of tea. We took the opportunity to walk around the city early morning to see it without the hustle and bustle. This old city shines in the light rain on this quiet Sunday morning….

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Day 14 & 15 – Innerleithen to Penicuik

Day 14 & 15 – Innerleithen to Penicuik

There is not much about today except, moist feet, walking a busy A road & coming into Edinburgh. Actually I’m currently sitting in an internet cafe in Edinburgh, with some afro beat music playing in the background, with the lady continuously bringing me pots of tea. I’ll be very surprised if I don’t have a strong caffeine addiction by the time I get to John O groats. However on days like this, with ‘mundane’ walking you have to look beyond…

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Day 13 – Melrose to Innerlaithen

Day 13 – Melrose to Innerlaithen

The image featured is on the top of the 3 Brethren, I can only assume, that is what these cairns are. Many representing 3 brothers or something? Who knows. Either way, we take the road out of Melrose, passing along the edge of Innerlaithen. We both notice changes, as we in more urbanised areas, people change, attitudes change. Edinburgh is near & we actually walk by the trainline for the start of the day. The start is a bit dull…

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