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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 1st 2018

After filling up with Diesel and raiding a bakery just outside Inverness, we commenced our journey on the North-West 500 which is a 500 mile road trip around the north-west cost of Scotland Which is one of the worlds best road trips. Our first stop was at Corrieshalloch Gorge which is a mile long deep box canyon featuring a Victorian Suspension Bridge designed be the Forth Road Bridge Engineer and a 100 ft waterfall. We walked along to the viewing platform to look back at the bridge and waterfall which really put the depth of canyon in perspective. Our next port of call was also the port of call fro the cruise ship “Marina” which was anchored in Ullapool Harbour and services by a number of small tender’s. Ullapool was a quaint coastal village but was ... read more
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Corrieshalloch Gorge

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands July 21st 2018

My long awaited and much anticipated walk through the beautiful Scottish countryside did not work out as planned. Not for the reasons you might expect given my aversion to serious training and lack of rest/recuperation time after our flights and festivities. No, it was a rotten cold with mozzarella mucus and convulsing coughing that put my plans and me to bed. This is not the first time my plans to walk the west highland way have been thwarted. As a student I had twice made arrangements with friends to tramp across the trossachs and twice I couldn’t do it. Now I know what you’re thinking, I wimped out. But a badly dislocated shoulder with torn rotator cuff muscles isn’t conducive to carrying a camping backpack, nor is a painful, itchy and unsightly case of shingles I ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Glencoe July 4th 2018

Today we went on a 12 hour Loch Ness and the Highlands tour! The tour was set to be from 8am-8pm, the longest bus day tour in Europe, but we ended up arriving back in Edinburgh at 9:30pm. Among other places, we visited Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, Fort Augustus (where we hung out with the Loch Ness monster) and Fort William. We travelled 600km, but it didn’t feel like it because we had a hilarious tour guide (one thing I’ve noticed about Scottish people is they’ve all got the best sense of humour). Here’s a few things we learnt from him- 1- The kilt is called a kilt because the last person who called it a skirt was killed 2- it’s fine to put a bit of water in your whiskey, but under no circumstances should ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands June 21st 2018

Day 7: KINLOCHLEVEN TO FORT WILLIAM 15 miles (actual 16.47 miles) Decided to have a cooked breakfast as it’s our last day walking and I haven’t had one all week. Got chatting to a NZ couple who are touring Europe & will end up in London as their first grandchild due to be born there in a couple of weeks. The B&B owner joined in chat & told us where to get best views of Loch Leven on way out of Kinlochleven. Said it was only another climb of approx 10 metres & a short detour, but it would be worth it for views as you don’t get the same unobstructed views from the WHW path. I thanked him but made mental note that we would not be taking any such detours unless we were 110% ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands June 20th 2018

Glencoe to Kinlochleven 9 miles The cafe did not open until 9am so not early start today. We had a bacon roll & toast & tea before setting off. Only 9 miles today so we thought there was no desperate rush to set off & eventually left about 9.45. First part of the walk from the Glencoe mountain resort took us behind the Kingshouse hotel which is currently closed for refurb. Refurb? Practically a whole new hotel being built! A huge extension underway but nowhere near finished. Would love to go back next year to see the finished building - might just do that. Highlight of the day - 5/6 deer grazing by roadside did not seem at all bothered by our presence & walked along side us & crossed path in front of us giving ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands June 18th 2018

Day 5 - Tynedrum to Glencoe, the longest walk on the itinerary, 18.5 miles. I’d been dreading this one, not because of the distance, but more how my body would stand up to it after 4 days of walking over difficult terrain. I knew how thankful I was to reach our destination on all of the previous days so could,t imagine having to walk a further 5.5 miles to get there today. We decided to make an early start & got up at 6am. We’d bought softies to toast and no tea available so water it was. Tea makes you pee anyway so as there would be no toilets en route today better to limit the amount of al fresco toilet stops! Got my softie into toaster then starting fiddling with my phone & power pack. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Glencoe June 15th 2018

Thursday 14 June 2018 Travelled to Fort William to catch train down to Milngavie, Glasgow to start the walk. Was really blustery but sunny and a few showers. A bit chilly - only a miserly 10* but the beauty of the place made up for it. Refuelled at Wetherspoons & then did a bit of shopping for those inevitable last minute/forgotten items! Michelle decided to buy herself a new pair of walking boots - wtf, on the eve of the walk?! 🤦‍♀️ This could be a disaster! Caught train and settled back to enjoy a relaxing and very scenic journey and we weren’t disappointed! An hour into the journey the enormity of the walk back suddenly hit me, and I felt quite overwhelmed. It passed tho & after another glass of wine, enthusiasm & determination quickly ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Applecross May 28th 2018

We returned on the ferry in the morning from the Orkney Islands. I knew today was going to be a long driving day and we had a lot of miles to cover before reaching our next destination of Gairloch on the west coast. Our first stop along the way was at Smoo cave, a large sea cave that requires walking down a very steep staircase from the high cliffs off the roadway. The scenery along the north coast was absolutely stunning, and there were numerous white, wide sandy beaches with turquoise green water that looked more like it may have been along the Greek coast, most definitely not in Scotland. Had I not known better I would’ve thought the water was warm enough to just jump in. Well I suppose I could have, but when you ... read more
Kilt Rock
Typical single track
Hairy Coos!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands October 8th 2017

img= October 8, Sunday .... Must add the cross of St. Andrew because I am in Scotland and all the signs are in Scottish and English...that takes a bit of getting used to...the Scottish is on top not like in Ontario where the French is below .. then again in Quebec it is also reversed...thank all thoughts of repratism. "The village of Uig is located on Skye's stunning Trotternish peninsular. We are in a beautiful protected bay. We have good restaurants, a lively bar, hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation, a campsite, shops, a petrol station, a pottery, brewery, bike hire, boat trips, ferry service to the Western Isles and a local and mainland bus service. Uig hosts lots of wildlife including buzzards, herons, oyster catchers and a resident ... read more
To the Manor Born
Thru the Window
Lake on the Left

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands September 3rd 2017

The West Highland Way (AKA- The West Highland Apple Pie Way) To set the scene- this hike is one part of my 3 and a bit week trip to Scotland. I was very keen to do as much of it as I could backpacking and sleeping in my tent so I packed my usual hiking set up (minus my gas canister). I bought a new Osprey Transport pack cover and shoved as much as I could into the backpack plus one soft holdall bag for the multifaceted trip (wedding/city sights/hike/Isle of Mull). My baggage allowance with Qantas was generous but everything still came in well under 20kg. In terms of the planning I bought the West Highland Way guidebook by Charlie Loran, read lots, and talked to a few people who had done it. I decided ... read more
Tunnel 1
Floral View
Down into the Abyss

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