We’d been hoping for wind, and we got it, however what we didn’t ask for was the driving rain! We had wanted to go up Ullapool Hill, however as we couldn’t see the top of it due to the weather we decided to walk out to Rhue Lighthouse with Phil and the dogs.
We could hardly see across to the other side of the Loch as we made our way along and we were all absolutely drenched. The wind was blowing the rain straight into our faces which wasn’t particularly pleasant!
The shoreline was becoming increasingly rocky and due to the rain it was really slippy - we all demonstrated our best Bambi impression at one point or another! The rocks then required some scrambling over so Phil and the dogs turned back.
With the tide in as it was, and the rocks being so slippery it was getting quite dangerous so we decided to head inland up a steep hill. The ground on the top was quite boggy with no real path and there were multiple fences to be climbed but it was definitely safer than being down on the shore.
We left the fields and walked along the top of the rocks which were also very slippy so there was a lot of holding onto the fence and sliding down rocks on our bottoms! Although these type of walks take longer they’re definitely Olivia’s favourites (and definitely not Kate’s!). We eventually reached Rhue lighthouse where we took a few photos a made a speedy getaway.
We kept thinking it was brightening up but then it would start raining even harder again! Considering ourselves lucky to have made it to the lighthouse in tact we decided to head back via the road. It was quite a climb back up the hill and we then walked along the river path back into Ullapool.
By now we were totally soaked through and after a hot bowl of soup in The Ceilidh Place it took some immense willpower to put our wet coats back on and head back out. By now the clouds had lifted considerably and we could actually see the top of Ullapool Hill so that was where we headed. Parking the car we set off on the maze of tracks.
Miraculously we rounded a bend and saw Loch Achall in the distance which meant we had somehow headed in the right direction! Crossing the river we made our way down towards the loch.
Thankfully it had stopped raining by this point and we were quite enjoying ourselves. Just before the 5 mile mark we met some beautiful ponies and stopped for a chat with them.
Reaching 5 miles, we turned and retraced our steps. The lighting on the loch was beautiful.
We crossed back over the river, and instead of going back up Ullapool Hill we stuck to the quarry road which would take us back to the car quicker.
We arrived back at the car having done 9.6 miles so Olivia ran the last 0.4 miles whilst Kate drove the car to the main road. This last mile was our 300th mile in total so we’re well over halfway now!
By the time we started the afternoon walk it was 4pm and knowing we needed to do another 10 miles we weren’t optimistic! But we managed it and walked a total of 18.1 miles for the day which made us feel like we’d achieved something!
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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