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)

Raad Ny Foillan: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Start and Finish: Douglas Distance: 100 miles (161km) Total ascent: 11040ft (3365m) Traditional sections: (clockwise over seven days) Douglas - Castletown, 18 milesCastletown - Port Erin, 13 miles Port Erin - Peel, 14.5 miles Peel - Jurby 14.5 milesJurby - Ramsey, 16 milesRamsey - Laxey, 13 milesLaxey - Douglas, 11 miles For context to the … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 4: Ballaugh to Ramsey (19 miles)

Well this was grimy. Blisters had popped up on my legs. Were they from the horsefly bites or from the sun? Who knew. A particularly grimy, lumbering bubble was pushing out to the side of my left knee. So much for all this walking looking good on me, now I definitely looked like some sort … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 4: Ballaugh to Ramsey (19 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 1: Santon Head to Port Erin (22 miles)

A golden morning stretched before me as I packed up my tent and thanked the seals for their nighttime serenade. Of course, one has to thank more than the seals here; you have to thank the fairies. Like the Icelanders that take the mythology of elves incredibly seriously, here the mash up between Norse and … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 1: Santon Head to Port Erin (22 miles)