Skye Trail, Day 5: Beinn Edra to Rubha Hunish (16 miles)

I woke at one in the morning for no other reason than that I was still absolutely ravenous and the groaning from my stomach was demanding more food. I eventually found myself crouched over my stove in the dark on the eerie sky-high plain cooking up pasta before scurrying back to the warmth of my … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 5: Beinn Edra to Rubha Hunish (16 miles)

Skye Trail, Day 3: Sligachan to Portree (12 miles)

As lovely and atmospheric as it seemed to be camped near to a waterfall, the mistakes with this were two fold; the soothing sounds of running water meant I would wake every now and then convinced I needed a wee, eventually unfold myself from my warm bag and stride outside to find that it was … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 3: Sligachan to Portree (12 miles)

Skye Trail, Day 2: Elgol to Sligachan (12 miles)

I woke up in the misty drizzle of the morning with a sense of foreboding. Anyone researching the Skye Trail knows all about the Trotternish Ridge and how strenuous is can be, but this small section of only three or four miles between Elgol and Camasunary is the absolute death trap. Hikers fall and die … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 2: Elgol to Sligachan (12 miles)

The Skye Trail: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

When the Vikings came to Skye in 795BC the native Picts and Gaels took their belongings and went inland into the great buttressed crags, steep coned mountains, and by the icy dark lochs all shrouded in mist. They concealed their herds in the twisted, warped waves of the Trotternish Ridge and waited on the black, … Continue reading The Skye Trail: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

St Cuthberts Way, Day 3: The Auchope Hut to Wooler (12 miles)

The wind did not cease in the night. It cried and called and wailed over the summits like old ghosts in ancient anguish. Maybe it was. After all the centuries of loyalty and disloyalty, of bloodshed, war, honour and dishonour and deceit, of invading kings from the south and Norsemen from the east, after all … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 3: The Auchope Hut to Wooler (12 miles)

St Cuthberts Way, Day 2: Cessford Moor to the Auchope Hut (18 miles)

I packed up my tent on yet another early morning, but this time after a more peaceful night's sleep. The sky was radiant in gold and pink over those distance Cheviot hills and, today, I was headed for them. This was the day where I planned to detour at Kirk Yetholm and go onto the … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 2: Cessford Moor to the Auchope Hut (18 miles)