We woke up early with only one thing on our mind - we only had 3.2 miles to do to reach a total of 250 and get to the halfway mark! We decided to walk with the dogs down to Clashnessie Beach which was looking especially beautiful at this time of the morning!
We made it back to the B&B by 8.30 for a celebratory breakfast before we said a reluctant goodbye and headed off to meet Phil in Lochinver. Picking up some rolls from Lochinver Larder, (we thought pies would be too vulnerable in our rucksacks!) we made our way to the car park near the Falls of Kirkaig.
Setting off with the dogs we came across this sign
However we decided that by now we were probably quite experienced and that we would give it a go. Apart from being boggy in places the path was quite luxurious compared to some of the places we’ve been walking and the views were stunning in the sunshine.
On the way we spotted a huge green caterpillar which Phil later identified as belonging to an Emperor Hawk Moth!
Arriving at the falls we took it in turns to scramble down the last little stretch as it was too steep for the dogs. Again the spray was lovely and cooling, but all too soon we had to tear ourselves away and head back.
On the way back the dogs enjoyed a well-deserved paddle and had plenty to drink from the various burns along the way.
We returned to the car, grabbed our bags and set off again in what we thought was the right direction. Fortunately Phil spotted us just before we turned the corner and put us back on track (the complete opposite way to where we were heading)! We walked along the road, struggling to really get going, probably because the high of reaching 250 miles was fading and our thoughts were turning to the next 250!
We found two perfect little stones to perch on whilst we ate our lunch with a lovely view. It kept looking like it was going to rain, so we’d put our jackets on and then the sun would come out and we’d be boiling! We seemed to spend more time doing this than actually walking!
Feeling a little more motivated after lunch we set off again along the river. It was another long hard stretch all on the road.
We passed by a fish farm, not really enjoying the smell or the flies, or the climb up and away from it! The views however more than made up for it!
There aren’t really any words to describe the scenery as we continued on, so here are just a few photos!
Eventually we descended, chatting to the sheep as we did so, before reaching the road to Achiltibuie.
We were on track to reach the agreed meeting place on time, however we decided not to push for it and to give our poor old feet a bit of a break before Phil came to pick us up. By the time he reached us we’d done 14.9 miles so we ran past the car and back just to make it 15!
Driving back along the road we had just walked, we were amazed at how far it seemed and felt quite proud of ourselves! Our overall total for the day was 18.3 miles which isn’t too bad to say we weren’t particularly motivated for a large part of the day!
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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