Hartington

It’s almost been four weeks since the end of my Scotland adventure and my feet are getting restless. I’ve been busy planning my next long distance walk, where currently the East Highland Way is starting to call me; my dad is also up for this, the WHW and the GGW didn’t put him off! IContinue reading “Hartington”

Reflection

The two weeks on the WHW and the GGW went by far too fast. On the train home from Inverness, the first stop was Aviemore. The end stage to the East Highland Way and the Speyside Way. The temptation to just get off at the station and walk the EHW in reverse was almost overwhelming.Continue reading “Reflection”

Rehydration Therapy

A 179 miles. 397,142 steps. Through horizontal rain, high winds, sunshine, midge territory; over hill, tretcherous terrain, bog land and concrete. We endured challenges with the weather, lack of food and amenities. Problems caused by Covid regarding accommodation that resulted in a nightmare day 3. Suffered blisters, aching feet, broken knees, sore shoulders and dodgyContinue reading “Rehydration Therapy”

Inverness

We had very little sleep during the night. Our cabins were next to a field full of inconsiderate cows that thought it was a good idea to ‘Moo’ throughout the night. They sounded like they were just outside! It also rained on and off which made me a little anxious with the potential of facingContinue reading “Inverness”

Drumnadrochit

The forecast for our penultimate day on the GGW was cloudy with 0% chance of rain, according to the weather app on my phone. Looking out the window there was a menacing cloud just outside Invermoriston just waiting for us to leave. We debated whether to don the waterproof over trousers or to risk itContinue reading “Drumnadrochit”

Invermoriston

Today was only a short 7.5 miles and our bed for the night at the ‘Glenmoriston Arms Hotel’ has a check in time of 1500hrs. As this was to be a short day we left as late as possible. It was a little frustrating as we had gotten into the routine of packing up thenContinue reading “Invermoriston”

Fort Augustus

The rain had been on and off thoughout the night; we left while there was a break in it while the sun was shining. We managed about 300m before a shower hit us; on with the waterpoofs. We just can’t seem to shake our nemesis. The path followed the canal for a short while beforeContinue reading “Fort Augustus”

Laggan

The rain started around 1700hrs yesterday and relentlessly fell until around 1300hrs, where we had sunny spells and showers for the remainder of the day. I managed to get in touch with the hostel at Laggan, so a dry bed for tonight. Throughout the night the wind and rain battered the tent ensuring we hadContinue reading “Laggan”

Gairlochy

We took full advantage of our rest day in Fort William. All our gear has been washed and I replaced my waterproof trousers. We did a tour of all the watering holes along the high street watching the hikers cross the finish line; many with the WHW strut. We bumped into a few walkers thatContinue reading “Gairlochy”

Fort William

Thankfully the rain had stopped during the night allowing us to take down the tent which was relatively dry by Scottish weather standards. The path took us through the village where it climbed through the woodlands surrounding Kinlochleven. Dad found it a bit tiring but we couldn’t stop long to catch our breaths as theContinue reading “Fort William”

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