Apologies for the lateness of this blog - very little/no signal and very limited wifi!
Last night we were very kindly offered a beautiful wagon at Oldshoremore Glamping on Croft 159. It had everything you could possibly want and was so cosy despite the wind and the rain. It was also just a few minutes walk from Oldshoremore beach where we enjoyed a lovely evening walk. We are very grateful!
We woke up to the wind and the rain sounding worse than ever and it was a challenge to drag ourselves out of bed! We had planned to do a few miles round the beach but the weather was just so grim and we decided that it wasn’t worth getting so cold and wet so early in the day. Instead we went for breakfast at The Old School where we had enjoyed a delicious meal the night before!
By this time the rain had eased a little so we headed to Tarbet and did a nice little circular walk with Phil and the dogs around beautiful little lochs, winding roads and waterfalls.
As we neared the end of the walk we saw our first blue sky for what seemed like days (dramatic, we know)! The already stunning scenery got even better and we made it back to Tarbet it good spirits.
From here we planned to walk from Tarbet to Scourie, however at the start of the path we were greeted with this sign.
Whilst we believed we were capable of doing it, we didn’t think getting lost in a peat bog would be an efficient use of our time so made our way back to Phil and the car to carry out Plan B (probably more like Plan V)!
We drove to Laxford Bridge where we set off on a path along the side of the river. The path started wide and grassy and we were looking forward to our walk, however it soon became narrow, quite boggy and flooded in places thanks to the recent heavy rain.
Again the scenery was beautiful, although we had to stop to properly admire it as we were spending most of the time watching where to put our feet!
We reached a beautiful little bridge and crossed it, from which point the plan was to walk back along the opposite river bank. However by this point we only had 2 dry feet between us (I’m sure you can all guess who’s feet got wet!) so we decided to walk back along the road instead. Although not quite as scenic it got us to where we needed to be much quicker!
Reaching the car again, Olivia in particular was quite disheartened as we felt like we had been walking for ages but had only achieved 10 miles, and the whole challenge just seemed impossible!
We drove to Kylesku which is to be base camp for the next couple of days and made the decision to go for a quick march along Loch Glendhu to try to make up some more miles. We saw lots of beautiful waterfalls and had great views of the Kylesku Bridge.
We managed another 5 miles in just over an hour and a half which shows what we can do when we put our minds to it! We headed back, tired but feeling better and very ready for a lovely meal at the Kylesku Hotel!
One of the most challenging things about planning the route is ensuring that they are efficient in terms of mileage but that we don’t destroy our joints by only walking on the roads! We finished today having done 15.8 miles which again isn’t quite as many as we wanted but it’s taken us over the 200 mile mark!
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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