Link to photo album here As usual best viewed as a slide show with captions.
We'd met up at Inverness last night and today caught the (only) direct bus up to near Durness and walked down to the ferry. We were a bit concerned when we read the MOD notice which said that there would be bombing on the Cape Wrath firing range for the next three days and that access would be restricted.The ferryman wasn't too sure of arrangements but agreed to take us across the sound so that we could speak to the sentry at the east end of the exclusion area.
The plan worked and the next morning after being dropped off ,and a coffee at the very remote Ozone Cafe, we headed down the coast towards Sandwood Bay.
|Leaving the danger area over a small stile.I'd been expecting a high fence as some Cape Wrath Trail articles seem to rate it as an obstacle|
We managed to keep the dry weather for a third day on the tracks towards Kinlochbervie and road walk to Rhiconich (with resupplies at the London Stores at Badcall and beer at the Rhiconich Hotel).
Our good deed for the day was picking up a wallet ,money,bank cards and it's other contents which we found scattered on the main road and then reuniting them with their owner via the helpful locals.
|View inland towards Rhiconich and the mountains|
|Breaking camp the next morning|
It had been a wet and windy night but the tents stayed up and the weather improved for the start of today's route.
|Philip and Andrew|
Ever since becoming a fellrunner I've struggled with walking boots.I'd been persevering with ones that I'd bought last year which finally got the better of me on the stony landrover tracks and tarmac so I decided to leave the walk at Kylesku rather than going on a few more days to Braemore Junction as originally intended.
However this section ended on a high note with a slap up meal at the Kylesku Hotel and a pleasant stay at our B&B with great views inland across the sea lochs.
|View from our B&B|
After seeing the other two on their way I managed to get a lift to Ullapool with a local and headed south to stay at Inverness YH and then catch the train back south the next day.
After a short foot recovery I bought a trusty pair of Lowa Renegade boots ,the only ones I seem to be able to wear comfortably.
They certainly did the trick when I rejoined Andrew for the Clyde Valley/Southern Uplands part of his journey later in July.
(a catch up post written on 7/11/15 ,a wet and windy November day)