Loch Ness 360: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Antclockwise from Inverness Start and Finish: Inverness Castle Distance: 80 miles (128km) Total ascent: 10,159ft (3,097m) Traditional Sections: Inverness - Drumnadrochit (20 miles)Drumnadrochit - Invermoriston (13.5/14miles)Invermoriston - Fort Augustus (8/7.5 miles)Fort Augustus - Foyers (15 miles)Foyers - Dores (13.5 miles)Dores - Inverness (10 miles) I walked anticlockwise from Inverness over four and a half days … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

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: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Northbound Start: Broadford Finish: Rubha Hunish Distance: 80 miles (129km) Total ascent: 13,074ft (3985m) Traditional northbound sections: (Over seven days) Broadford - Torrin, 12 milesTorrin - Elgol, 10 milesElgol - Sligachan, 11 milesSligachan - Portree, 12 milesPortree - Storr, 9 milesStorr - Flodigarry, 18 milesFlodigarry - Rubha Hunish, 8 miles Map from The Hiking Life … Continue reading Skye Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

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 4: Portree To Beinn Edra (17 miles)

I slept solidly for almost eight hours. I'd been expecting a windy night in my somewhat unsheltered pitch but my tent barely rustled at all. It was an easy straight path to rejoin the trail and the morning started on green, soft turf as I headed along the coastline. Storr was in my sights, and … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 4: Portree To Beinn Edra (17 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)

Skye Trail, Day 1: Broadford to Elgol (23 miles)

The morning light folded the mist above the mountains into shades of blue like fine, laundered gauze. I had been sitting impatiently at the window of my room in Broadford, bag at the ready, waiting for enough of the daylight to arrive to begin. September now; morning came later, and month by month the hours … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 1: Broadford to Elgol (23 miles)