Today was probably the worst day we’ve had so far in terms of rain. With the forecast not looking good we had joked that we should just head for the leisure centre in Gairloch and jump on a couple of treadmills! We decided that probably wouldn’t be the same and set off up the road with Kevin and the dogs.
Parting ways at the beach so that the dogs could have a good run, we carried on. One positive the rain brought (the only positive?) was that the waterfalls were outstanding - the force behind them was just incredible!
We had no idea really if we were on the right road and, with the rain now hitting the road with such force that it was bouncing back at us we didn’t really fancy stopping to get out and study the map! The leisure centre option certainly seemed like it would’ve been a much better choice. When we came across a sign for North Erradale however, we breathed a sigh of relief as we were on the right road after all!
We continued along the road to Melvaig where the rain stopped just long enough to have a quick rest on some rocks and a couple of squares of tablet to keep us going.
Reaching the end of the village we followed the track in the direction of Rubha Reid Lighthouse, doing our best to dodge some very flooded sections of road. We were supposed to have spectacular views across to Skye and the Western Isles, but unsurprisingly we could see nothing but clouds!
We met some lovely people along the track, and whilst we were talking to them we realised that we could see our breath in the air. This confirmed that it really was quite chilly and we weren’t just being pathetic! We reached the lighthouse at almost exactly the same time as Kevin and Roger arrived in the car with a much needed lunch, and even more importantly some shelter from the rain!
After we’d eaten we set off with the dogs round the point. It was beautiful but the path was very narrow and close to the cliff edge and thanks to the rain was also quite slippy and boggy so we didn’t go far before we made the decision to turn back.
We had however been away long enough for Kevin and Roger to enjoy a post-lunch snooze but fortunately we woke them up just in time for Roger to spot a Golden Eagle heading straight for us! It flew over our heads and circled round a bit then turned in the direction of Melvaig. Kevin and Roger set off in the car in hot pursuit and we followed on foot (much more slowly of course!)
The eagle put on the most spectacular display for us as it was mobbed by some (what we think were) Chuffs. The first few miles back along the track passed very quickly! By now the sun had finally decided to make an appearance and it looked beautiful on the water.
After a slight miscommunication about the pick up point we ended up walking quite a bit further than we anticipated but we found Roger and Kevin eventually! It was then a quick turnaround and then we were on our way to Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre.
We had an amazing paddle, it was so nice to be out on the water, to have a bit of time to relax and to see the lovely sunset. 3 did another 3 miles too which we’re counting because we still had to work for them!
We continued the theme of relaxation with tea from the chip shop and we also watched some TV for the first time since we’ve been away! It was well deserved as our total mileage for the day was 22.01.
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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