After 2 nights at the Kylesku hotel, and with the sunrise looking beautiful over the loch we didn’t really want to leave! We have met some truly lovely people - both staff and other guests who have been interested in our story, given very welcome advice regarding blisters and even sponsored us! Completely by chance we also met some friends from home!
Today was always going to be a hard day - walking on the road the whole way and, having driven part of the road the previous evening we decided that 25% and 17% gradients weren’t for us! To avoid these we opted to be dropped off in Drumbeg, rather than leaving from Kylesku.
The weather was beautiful however (at risk of sounding miserable) it was almost too hot for walking - especially on the road and with very little shade. There aren’t many photos from today as it was very much a ‘just keep moving’ sort of day! One thing we did photograph (very badly) was some beautiful spider webs which were just catching the sunlight on some rocks high above the road. This was another of those moments where we were glad to be walking!
We came round the corner to Clashnessie Bay much sooner than anticipated - we really had been on a mission - where we met Phil and the dogs.
After a short rest we took the opportunity to walk along to Clashnessie Falls which looked spectacular even from the road!
The dogs enjoyed a paddle in the river and we certainly enjoyed the cooling spray from the falls but all too soon it was time to leave and continue on our way.
From here it was just more road miles, hopping on to the verges for cars fairly frequently. We didn’t seem to have gone too far when we stumbled across our B&B for the night - The Green Cruchan in Stoer. We were very kindly given a cold glass of water and directions to help us on our way although we would’ve quite happily got into bed there and then!
We reluctantly set off again but it wasn’t long before we realised it was 3.45 and we still hadn’t eaten our lunch! We ate quickly and then it was time to head in the direction of the Old Man of Stoer. This section of the walk seemed to take longer than all the rest of it put together but the views were stunning.
We eventually made it to the lighthouse however the midgies and flies were starting to drive us mad and Olivia’s feet were very sore. When someone coming back told us that the path was very boggy which was the final straw so we decided not to walk out to the Old Man and we headed back towards Stoer.
Someone else we met had told us that there was another road down which we could take. I’m sure you’ll all be pleased to hear that we have not stopped getting lost as we ended up in Culkein and, not fully understanding where we were, phoned Phil to come and rescue us!
By this point Olivia’s feet were causing her a lot of pain so she hopped into the car and Kate walked the 0.7 miles needed to take our total mileage for the day to 17.
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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