We woke to perfect walking weather! Warm but overcast and with a bit of a breeze - no excuses today!
We headed off over the Kylesku bridge and along to the Reay Estate.
Walking along Loch Glendhu as we had done the previous evening we could fully appreciate just how beautiful the morning was.
We reached the point on the track where we’d stopped the previous evening (it went quite steeply downhill and we didn’t want to climb back up it!) but this time we carried on. From here the views just got even more incredible.
At the end of the track we reached a Bothy which we had a quick look round - it was the first time either of us had been inside a ‘proper’ Bothy! We stopped for a snack on the bench outside before retracing our steps.
It was at this point that all of yesterday’s talk of efficient mileage went out of the window as we set off up Ben Strome! We didn’t think it looked too high from the lower track but it turned out to be quite a climb!
We sat down for lunch about 3/4 of the way up (before we fell down!) which we ate with a beautiful view of the lochs. Unfortunately we didn’t have very long before it was time to set off again up the seemingly never ending track.
We eventually reached the top and were rewarded with stunning views. We continued on and with the stones in the track becoming increasingly looser we had to be very careful of our footing.
As we rounded a corner we saw Kylesku bridge from yet another perspective and also heard (and we think we saw) a Golden Eagle! By now it had started to rain so we hurried down as fast as the terrain allowed.
Reaching the road we saw another (or maybe the same Golden Eagle) and realised we had one last uphill stretch before we reached Kylesku, which seemed to be a step too far! However we were distracted by some deer on the top of the hill which definitely made it easier.
Crossing back over the bridge and into Kylesku we had reached a total of 17 miles. A quick trip to Clashnessie Beach with the dogs added another 0.6 miles (very important!) so we finished the day on 17.6 miles!
As we drove back to Kylesku the sunset was incredible!
It was a tough day but a rewarding one and we really felt like we’d achieved something. Whether we can walk tomorrow will be another matter!!
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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