Kate’s friend Liz was joining us for our morning walk today and we had planned to walk along the River Gruinard. However, upon arriving at the drop off point our plans went out of the window as the track was nowhere to be seen thanks to the torrential rain overnight.
We quickly identified another walk - from Laide out to Slaggan Bay and so we set off (still in the pouring rain)! Water was literally pouring off the moorland and there were parts of the track which were quite flooded. The dogs had a great time splashing around in the puddles!
Eventually we reached Slaggan Bay which was looking beautiful despite the weather and made our way down. As we reached the bottom, we had a phone call from Roger and Kevin who told us they’d had a delicious lunch complete with cream cakes and the best coffee they’d ever had! We were less than impressed as we walked along the beach in the pouring rain!
We had some soggy snack to cheer ourselves up, and the dogs had a quick paddle before we struggled back up the hill.
As we reached the top we were startled (although not quite as much as the sheep were) by 2 figures flying towards us at quite a speed. It was Roger and Kevin! They hadn’t been for lunch at all and instead were driving down the track to meet us! Seeing them lifted our spirits considerably and we had a good laugh before we set off again having left the two very soggy dogs to travel back in the car.
As we walked back along the track it finally stopped raining and we had some good views out across the water. Arriving back we said goodbye to Liz and waited for Kevin and Roger to come and rescue us from the rain!
We wanted to see the gardens at Inverewe and thought it might be a good way to get some miles in too so that was our next destination. The gardens, although very different to the wild landscapes we’ve become used to, were beautiful and we did indeed get a good few miles in whilst exploring them. We also spent some time watching the nesting herons near the jetty.
We could’ve spent much longer in the gardens, however it was getting quite late so we went for a quick march round the woodland walk with the dogs before we headed to Gairloch which is to be base camp for the next couple of days.
Another couple of miles after tea with the dogs brought our total for the day up to 18.7 miles, which considering we had another delayed start due to the weather isn’t too bad!
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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