After what would have been a great night’s sleep at The Bothy B&B in Tongue (thanks Mollie!), a delicious breakfast (including one for Phil, even though he skipped the bed part!), plus some really helpful information about walking in the local area we were well prepared for a good day!
We set off with the dogs up to Castle Varrich which was a lovely walk and the views from the top were amazing! Jessie surprised us all by scooting up the spiral staircase to the viewpoint at the top of the castle!
After admiring the view and taking some photos we headed back down the hill. The dogs ran on ahead and shortly after they rounded a corner we heard a huge splash. They had found a bog.
We then did a slight detour so the dogs could go in the river and clean off a bit, before we said goodbye to them and Phil and headed off to find the route round the Kyle of Tongue. The start of the path was very boggy but once we had successfully negotiated this we made good progress and eventually found the road.
The views of the mountains and lochs were stunning as we wound our way round the roads, and we hardly saw anyone else! The weather was beautiful which also helped!
Despite the views, walking on the roads was quite hard going, we were also getting quite hot and a bit worried about running out of water! We had a bit of a rest when we found a bridge across a river where we played Pooh Sticks. Kate won both times although there was definitely some suspect premature dropping of her stick going on!!
The bridge also signified the reaching the bottom of the Kyle of Tongue and it was a nice feeling rounding the corner knowing that we were heading back towards our finish point! It was also nice to be closer to the water over this side.
We kept going for as long as we could before eventually stopping for lunch when we found a perfect stone to use as a bench! We hadn’t been very organised today so lunch was a huge piece of crispy cake each from The Store Cafe at Bettyhill but it was delicious, and just what we needed!
We could see rain clouds gathering in the distance and from here it was a bit of race against the weather! Just when the road seemed to be reaching the causeway it would turn away again over the next hill and we thought we would never get there!
We finally made it to the causeway just as it began to rain. Combined with the wind, the rain felt like needles on our faces as we hurried across. The last 2 miles to meet Phil and the car seemed to go on forever but got there eventually, albeit very cold and wet!
From here we went to meet Gordon who is cycling the North Coast 500 for Marie Curie, and his support crew! We had a lovely chat and a much-needed hot drink before it was time for us to move on to Durness.
The drive was stunning but made us realise how lucky we are to be walking - we don’t know how people manage to fully appreciate the views from a car! We took the dogs for a walk at Sango Sands which they loved and took our mileage for the day up to 14.9.
In August 2019 we're walking 500 miles round the North Coast of Scotland in memory of Kevin Kerr, raising money for MND Scotland, Marie Curie & SITraN
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