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Re: Couple of subs north of Bonar Bridge

Another two for next year! Well written.
by Standing Stone 81
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Couple of subs north of Bonar Bridge
Replies: 3
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Beinn Dubhain....and her Pap!

Sound, deep with lust, filled the Strath of Kildonan as I stepped out into the chilly dawn. The rut was underway and thick billowing calls reverberated through the glen where the River Helmsdale was revealing itself slowly in the dawn light. I'd parked by a wooden shack, not far from a suspension br...
by Standing Stone 81
Sun Oct 17, 2021 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Beinn Dubhain....and her Pap!
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Re: John o' Groats Trail: Golspie to Dornoch.

gld73 wrote:Another enjoyable read, I occasionally nip up the A9 with work past these areas but it'd be nice to stop and walk some of the sections on a day off sometime soon!!

Thank you. For a few years I had the same experience in the other direction!
by Standing Stone 81
Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groats Trail: Golspie to Dornoch.
Replies: 2
Views: 151

John o' Groats Trail: Golspie to Dornoch.

R.S Thomas described an autumn scene as 'something to wear against the heart in the long cold'. I've always liked that idea of autumn being winter's last memory of summer and as I set out from home the dark reminded me of winter's nearness. Parking by the beach at Golspie a rich orange glow over the...
by Standing Stone 81
Fri Oct 01, 2021 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groats Trail: Golspie to Dornoch.
Replies: 2
Views: 151

John o' Groat's Trail: Dornoch to Tain.

Three morning walks completed this section. The first two in June with the third in September. The complete section would not be at all challenging but I decided to walk when the opportunities presented, even if they were brief. Live for the day and all that... Morning 1: The spire of St Gilbert's C...
by Standing Stone 81
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:36 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groat's Trail: Dornoch to Tain.
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: John o' Groat's Trail: Lybster to Dunbeath.

gld73 wrote:Another lovely report, very atmospheric photos


Thank you very much for all your encouragement to keep writing them! :)
by Standing Stone 81
Fri Sep 10, 2021 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groat's Trail: Lybster to Dunbeath.
Replies: 2
Views: 147

John o' Groat's Trail: Lybster to Dunbeath.

Two relaxed mornings: the first, Latheron to Dunbeath; the second, Lybster to Latheron. I have written this however to make more sense to the overall journey. As I wandered down to Shelligoe it seemed a little odd to be walking a 'trail' that would always simply be the braes of home. It can be diffi...
by Standing Stone 81
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:23 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groat's Trail: Lybster to Dunbeath.
Replies: 2
Views: 147

John o' Groats Trail: Brora to Golspie.

They'd hung out the bunting for my visit to Brora that morning. Well maybe it wasn't out for me but as day broke I thought how pleasant it was to be back down by the river estuary. Brora always strikes me as a place that keeps it's best features away from the main A9. $matches[2] It's a short and pl...
by Standing Stone 81
Thu Aug 12, 2021 8:39 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: John o' Groats Trail: Brora to Golspie.
Replies: 1
Views: 161

J o' G Trail: Helmsdale to Brora (Postcard from Disturbia)

So far I have been picking and choosing the best days for walking the trail. Admittedly there was a morning of fresh snow, another of strong wind but mostly I have had calm days, often with the sun shining. Time for something fresher, more akin with the mixed bag of conditions that the walker doing ...
by Standing Stone 81
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: J o' G Trail: Helmsdale to Brora (Postcard from Disturbia)
Replies: 0
Views: 196

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
Views: 270

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: 272

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
Views: 188

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: 246

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: 319
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