If you like stunning scenery and tales of disaster then today’s blog is for you!
We set off in an attempt to find the Fairy Lochs, however after all the rain the ground was less than ideal and we decided to turn back after a mile! The dogs had a great time as we squelched our way back down.
After a quick dip in the river for the dogs to clean up, we walked along to Badachro where we met Kevin and Roger and enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Badachro Inn. Just as we were getting ready to leave it started to rain, making it even harder to leave and head on our way again.
The weather improved dramatically as we made our way to Red Point, and the views were incredible. We stopped just before a big hill and had some of Mary’s shortbread which she’d very kindly sent up with Kevin. We met nearly everyone we’d seen in the Badachro Inn who stopped and told us we were doing well!
By the time we reached the viewpoint at Red Point we were slightly speechless at the scenery and we stopped for a while to admire it. We then met Kevin, Roger and the dogs who’d had a great time on the beach before it was sadly time to move on.
We found the path to Lower Diabaig and started along it. Any regret we may have had about not being able to spent time with everyone else on the beach quickly vanished when we saw what was ahead of us!
Walking along the beach was magical and we probably appreciated it even more after the torrential rain of the last few days.
We left the past some old fishing huts and somehow the views seemed to get even better still. I don’t really have the words to describe it, so here are some photos (which don’t really do it justice either!).
However, it wasn’t plain sailing! The ground was incredibly boggy, with no clear path and although we were expecting to cross multiple small streams, the rain had turned them into raging torrents! It was inevitable that someone was going to slip and it was Kate who was the first. Fortunately a dirty coat and a grazed arm were the only consequences!
It wasn’t long before Olivia’s turn came (karma for laughing at Kate?) when she jumped a stream and the landing side was not as firm as expected!
We lost count of the number of bogs we fell into after this. It was difficult to take two consecutive steps as each one had to be tested, and even then we weren’t always successful. Because of this it was very slowing going and we managed to make contact with Roger to extend our ETA by an hour.
By now the sun was starting to sink (but not as much as we were) and we were starting to get a bit worried!
We made our way to the river where we had to head inland to find a very rickety bridge. With half a bog in our boots feeling like it was doubling our weight we were a bit concerned that the bridge wouldn’t hold us!
We managed to get across however, and passing a Bothy we seriously considered staying the night! The track was much better on this side of the river and we went as quickly as we could due to both the setting sun and the fact that we’d tried and failed to contact Roger.
We were starting to get quite worried when all of a sudden two familiar doggy faces appeared over the hill! They ran to meet us, and shortly afterwards we reached two familiar human faces! Kevin and Roger had done amazingly well to come and meet us, which we were so grateful for as we were beginning to lose all hope of ever reaching the end of the path. We reached the car in Lower Diabaig just in time (although 2 and a half hours late) as the light faded fast.
It was an absolute rollercoaster of a day, with some beautiful scenery and extremely tough walking. Unsurprisingly walking 5 miles with our boots full of bog hasn’t done our feet much good! On a positive note after all our leaps, jumps and fancy footwork we now feel ready to take on leading roles in Swan Lake so if anyone knows of any auditions coming up please do let us know!
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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