Sunday, 23 August 2015

Scotland: JOGLE

Comic characters in bronze, Dundee
May 18 2014: I've decided to walk John o'Groats to Land's End again, but, this time, by a different route. So, after a brief pause in London, I head north.
Friday 23:  Departing John o'Groats I overnight in Wick before carrying on to through Berriedale where I'm fortunate enough to see Grey Atlantic Seals basking in the afternoon sun.
Tuesday 27: Today I detour from the coast to Rogart Station where old railway carriages have been turned into a hiker's hostel, a real delight.
Wednesday 28: I find myself sidetracked by the Glenmorangie Distillery. I'm not usually a spirit drinker but a wee dram warms the heart. I've not been here since my student days, it's not changed much.
Friday 6 June: Having followed the East Highland Trail from Inverness over Slochd Mohr and through Aviemore I continue on the Cateran Trail until I arrive in Dundee where I'm greeted by Desperate Dan, a comic character of The Dandy, fondly remembered from my childhood.
Monday 9: South of St Andrews I meet up with family for a spell then continue down the Fife Coast Path and over the Forth Bridge to the capital, Edinburgh.
Thursday 12: A rest day allows me to see some fantastic works in the National Gallery before continuing along the coast on the John Muir Way to the English border.
Monday 16: South of Edinburgh, high on remote cliffs, I bump into a hiker walking towards me. Somewhat incredibly, I know him. It's Adam Short who I first met walking in Spain. I'm only walking the length of Britain, he's walking around it. Yes, that's right, around the coast!
Slideshow of Scotland.

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