Loch Ness 360: Day 5; Inverfarigaig to Inverness (19 miles)

The owls had eventually run out of things to talk about and I had managed a long and heavy sleep which ran onto a lazy morning. Up in a part of the forest a way away from any paths I wasn't in a massive rush in order to maintain discretion and set off just before … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 5; Inverfarigaig to Inverness (19 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Day 2, near Blackfold to Ruskich Wood (20 miles)

What started as a cold night eventually became a cosy one. I could hear the wind beating and whining around elsewhere, but not a single leaf rustled around me; I woke up unsquashed with an intact tent which really is about as good as it gets. The frost on the outside of the fly was … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 2, near Blackfold to Ruskich Wood (20 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

In the sixth century, the Irish monk, St. Colombo, was chilling out with his Pictish pals when he came across a burial taking place by the River Ness. It was explained to him that the deceased had been attacked by a huge water beast that dragged him underwater and mauled him to death. Colombo sent … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

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