22 miles walked, 250+ miles driven
(total 1,119 miles walked)
This week my walking trip almost became a full on bus trip and then did become a driving tour. This was not in the original plan but is an adaptation based on the persistent poor weather. With no coastal path I have all but given up on off-road walking as it is quite difficult without being constantly soaked. The trip definitely became a chore this week and so I decided to take my own advice on the best way to see North Scotland and hire a car.
The only sun I have seen this week was on the Lossiemouth coastline and I am very grateful to Dave and Cally for putting me up for a second time.
I have found my enthusiasm for this trip being depressed by the knowledge that back home there is an above average summer, while up here it is the worst on record. I have thought about going home a lot this week. The last few days I have been quite cold (today’s temperature barely reached 12 degrees, not including wind chill) and am wearing 4 layers of clothes.
I am sticking it out for the moment as I really want to see this part of the country. I am a little sad that I’m not seeing it at its best. Fingers crossed for better weather even though it’s not forecast.
On the plus side, I have seen the most amazing beaches on the North coast. I don’t believe the beaches can get any better than this, if only the weather was good (or I had the means to dry things properly) I’d be straight in the sea.