Watching the waterfall at Whaligoe steps being blown backwards over the hill and watching the rain pour down we decided that continuing along the cliffs would be too dangerous.
A hasty plan was made to head inland instead. We walked uphill through some wind turbines which were barely visible through the clouds - the forestry tracks were a huge relief to our ankles!
The weather began to improve slightly as we passed Camster Cairns which looked to be well worth a visit but unfortunately we just didn’t have the time to stop!
With the weather improving still further we reached Camster Windfarm and continued on, stopping for a short rest once we reached the other side until the midgies forced us to move on!
By now the sun had come out and the sky was a beautiful blue. We crossed a small river with signs warning about otters crossing but unfortunately we didn’t see any!
Although we could keep up a good pace on the forestry tracks it was quite hard going for our feet and joints! Our agreed meeting place with Wendy never seemed to be getting any closer! Eventually we did reach Wendy, after a horse rider had passed on a message from her telling us that we didn’t have far to go and we had yet another cheese roll in the car!
Following the battering our feet had taken on the hard surfaces of the forestry tracks we decided to make up the rest of our miles for the day by walking along Sinclair’s Bay to Keiss. This turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve made so far!
We had taken the dogs with us and they had a brilliant time! We took our shoes and socks off and joined them, walking along in the sea which felt amazing on our poor feet!
As we neared the end of the beach, it unfortunately started to rain, but it was at our backs and we didn’t mind! Especially not when a beautiful rainbow appeared which was reflected in the wet sand. Kate said that this was Kevin’s way of telling us to keep going!
Wendy on the other hand, who had been walking towards us had not been quite so lucky and, with the rain in her face was absolutely soaked! We walked on to Keiss, had our photo taken with the sign and jumped into the car to head back to Wick.
We had very kindly been offered a meal at Mackays Hotel, Wick. The food was outstanding and the staff were just lovely. It was a perfect way to celebrate reaching our first 100 miles (today took us to 109)! We can’t thank them enough for their generosity.
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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