the journey is the reward

“Not all those who wander are lost”—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

peregrinations through beautiful and remote landscapes 
by landy, by recumbent trike, by fatbike, and on foot

Ready for the next stage

Just about finished adding photos to the write-up of my last six days of hiking, Cluanie Inn to Kinlochewe to Dundonnell, which turned out to be a great walk, and now finalising details for the next section, just three days—but I shall have company for a change,as Fiona will join me. We shall walk from Ullapool along the long Glen Achall and Glen Einig to Oykell Bridge and then continue up Glen Oykell, past Loch Ailsh, to camp at the foot of Ben More Assynt, before crossing a high mountain pass by Conival to descend to Inchnadamph.

Logistics are becoming difficult as some hotels begin to close for the winter, but we shall nonetheless round off the walk with a couple of nights at a good hotel nearby.

Not sure at this stage when I shall return to conclude the final five or so days of the Trail... hopefully this year, even if it is chilly!

Cape Wrath Trail: first news

I've started posting updates under "journeys 2013 | foot | cape wrath trail". Not all photos from the first few days are uploaded.: this is an ongoing task.

Due to blisters I've had to re-plan, and shall be unable to complete the whole Trail in one continuous walk as originally planned.

The plan is to drive up to Glasgow early on Monday 23rd to catch the mid-afternoon Citylink coach to Cluanie.

After a night at the inn I'll head out again on a three-day section:

Tuesday will see me walking north to Glen Affric and Gleann Gnìomaidh, to camp somewhere in Gleann Gaorsaic, preferably by Loch Lòn Mhurchaidh. 24 km and 590 m ascent.

Wednesday should lead past Carnach and Iron Lodge in Strath Duilleach and past the Maol-buidhe bothy to the Bendronaig bothy for another wild camp. 20 km and 600 m ascent.

Thursday continues north over the Bealach Bhearneas and down Glen Uaig to Gerry's Hostel at Craig in Glen Carron. 18 km and 570 m ascent.

Friday will be quite short: over the Coulin Pass and across country to the Kinlochewe Hotel. 17 km and 500 m ascent.

Then follows a two-day section:

Saturday past the Heights of Kinlochewe and Gleann na Muice to Lochan Fada, over the Bealach na Croise and down to Loch an Nid, and then down to the Shenavall bothy in Strath na Sealga at the foot of An Teallach. 27 km and 640 m ascent.

Sunday is an easy day and sees a climb out of the Strath and then descends Gleann Chaolachain to Corrie Hallie and on down to the Dundonnell Hotel. 12 km and 320 m ascent.

Monday 30th will be a coach and train journey back to Glasgow as I'll have run out of time for now, and shall return later to complete the Trail.