Stupidly Long Walks

Serious walking by two moderately sane people

D05 – Dornoch to Invergordon

Distance Travelled: 32.1km Total Distance: 161.5km Weather Conditions: Warmer and a little rainy in the morning, warmer in the afternoon. Accomodation: Marine Hotel We managed to survive our first night camping and the tent didn’t leak which we were very happy about as there was quite a bit of rain during the night and early…

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D04 – Helmsdale(ish) to Dornoch

Distance Travelled: 35.6km Total Distance: 129.4km Weather Conditions: Cool and a little rainy in the morning, warmer in the afternoon. Accomodation: Dornoch Caravan Park. This morning we said goodbye to Rhona and she very kindly took us to our bus so that we could carry on our journey from yesterday. We headed to Helmsdale in…

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D03 – Dunbeath to Helmsdale(ish)

Distance Travelled: 31.1km Total Distance: 93.8km Weather Conditions: Cool in the morning, warmer in the afternoon. Accomodation: Inver B&B in Dunbeath. After a good night’s rest and a wonderful breakfast we set off for the day. As we were unsure of whether this nights accomodation existed we decided at the beginning of the day to…

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D02 – Wick to Dunbeath

Distance Travelled: 34.9km Total Distance: 62.7km Weather Conditions: Hot as hell (for Northern Scotland) Accomodation: Inver B&B in Dunbeath. Today started later than we hoped; breakfast was delayed from yesterday’s time, given it was a Saturday, and everything just seemed to take a little longer.  Nevertheless, it was with slight trepidation that we set off…

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D01 – John o’Groats to Wick

Distance Travelled: 27.8km Total Distance: 27.8km Weather Conditions: Dry and sunny, 19 degrees Accommodation: B&B in Wick   This morning after a nice cooked breakfast we walked down to the bus stop to catch the 8:40am, #77 bus to John O’Groats. While we were waiting Andrew popped over to the Norseman Hotel to print out…

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D – zero London to Wick

Another early start for the day; the sunrise / sunset times are catching us out, as the day lasts insanely long here.  Anyway, we checked out of the hotel and headed to the train station.  Typically, a flying rat (Pigeon) chose my rucksack to dump on from the rafters, right in the spot that my…

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D – minus 1 – London

Today was all about doing the final prepping actions; buying phone sims, first aid supplies,etc, as well as picking up some clothing we had ordered from Cotswold Outdoors that was waiting for us. The day started ridiculously early, with jet lag forcing us to get up at 5:30 am; hopefully not a sign of things…

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D – minus 3 …and so it begins.

So, we’re sitting in Perth International Airport awaiting our departure from antipodean shores, for the early summer (hence cold and rainy) British climes.  It’s stupidly late, at the time of writing, as the best way to get to the UK (at least via Singapore) is the 1:10 AM Per – Sin bruiser, which ultimately gets…

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D-22 – Salvation is here! (well, against Midges)

Just had the Avon rep drop off two spray bottles of Avon Skin-so-soft dry oil.  This is, apparently, the only barrier that works against the swarms of vicious, voracious, blood-sucking midges in northern Scotland.  Well, I guess there are flamethrowers also, but the fuel cannisters are too heavy (I checked). Now, in case you are…

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