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John o' Groats Trail: Dunbeath to Berriedale.

It was with an uncharacteristic reluctance that I slowly blinked my eyes open on a frosty morning. Perhaps that's the effect of weeks of lockdown but as I set off along the Dunbeath river and climbed up to the 'top' of the village the sun crested the brae and nature had delivered her cure. $matches[...
by Standing Stone 81
Fri May 07, 2021 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groats Trail: Dunbeath to Berriedale.
Replies: 1
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John o' Groat's Trail: Whaligoe to Lybster.

Two consecutive Sunday mornings, both dry, but the first with a headwind (strong enough at times to impede progress) the other perfectly still. I'd never seen Whaligoe from the other side before and as I looked down on its deep cleft in this coast the sun cleared the horizon. The waves below were br...
by Standing Stone 81
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groat's Trail: Whaligoe to Lybster.
Replies: 1
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John o' Groats Trail: Wick to Whaligoe.

Another section of the JoG Trail and this one is closest to home. I tackled it over one spring morning and two easy autumn afternoons: It was a glorious April morning as I headed out of Wick, not a soul was abroad and already the air had a warmth to it. Passing Castle Geo I stopped by Old Wick's rui...
by Standing Stone 81
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groats Trail: Wick to Whaligoe.
Replies: 1
Views: 145

John o' Groats Trail: Keiss to Wick.

This stretch of the John o' Groats Trail gives real variety and I tackled it over three mornings at a canny pace. Fortunately I live nearby so there was no risk of breaking the rules in order to enjoy these outings. From Keiss Harbour I followed the road up to the bottom of the village before pickin...
by Standing Stone 81
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:01 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groats Trail: Keiss to Wick.
Replies: 0
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John o' Groat's Trail: JoG - Keiss

This stretch was done over three mornings. A lazy way perhaps, but it gave three sunrises, each of them special. I headed off from the signpost at John o' Groats, it seemed the most fitting start point although the start/ end of the trail has it's own marker nearby. The sun was not yet up, the dawn ...
by Standing Stone 81
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:28 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groat's Trail: JoG - Keiss
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Space on Ben Hutig.

Space. A word that can mean different things and a concept that dwelt in my thoughts all day as I rambled around the Moine peninsula in the far north of Sutherland. Daylight was just coming in as I crossed the Kyle of Tongue. Ben's Loyal and Hope stood cloud free; off in the distance, undistinguishe...
by Standing Stone 81
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Space on Ben Hutig.
Replies: 0
Views: 187

Ben Stack

'And sometime make the time to drive out west' is the opening line of one of my favourite poems by Seamus Heaney. All summer I'd promised myself to do so 'in September or October, when the wind and the light are working off each other'. Ben Stack is a wonderful hill when viewed from the A838. A shap...
by Standing Stone 81
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:17 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben Stack
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Lendrick Hill on the slippy slope.

\2 My second morning free to ramble in the Ochil Hills and already their appeal was winning me over. The forecast had been poor for the morning, it turned out to be correct. Damp and with a fresh wind blowing. However, with a family day trip to St Andrew's planned, it would be the morning or nothin...
by Standing Stone 81
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Lendrick Hill on the slippy slope.
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Views: 215

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