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Coast to Coast Scotland

posted 26 Aug 2015, 04:43 by Jon Beverley

The route….

Starting on the east coast, in Inverness, running over to the Isle of Skye – approx 85 miles

Day 1 (evening warm up)

This turned out to be just under a half marathon, uphill, starting at 6.20pm.  Over the hills of Doire Mhor, by Loch Ness, to Abriachan into a crumby shed for the night.

Day 2

Into Drumnadrochit by Loch ness and through Gen Urquhart to the lovely little hamlet of Tomich and a lovely hotel offering fine food, cream teas and good beer.  About 23 miles

Day 3

Big day after the slightly pressurised start and about 32 miles in the end from Tomich, through Glen Affric, by Loch Beinn a Mheadhoiu and Loch Affric and by the famous seven sisters of Kintail mountains and onto the shores of Loch Duich and a lovely hotel in Shiel Bridge, again offering fine foods and beer.

Day 4 (morning)

About 17 miles along the shores of Loch Duich to the Kyle of Lochash on the west coast of Scotland, then over the Skye bridge to sky.

Pace

We continued with the ‘hadrians shuffle’ which is somewhere around 11 min miles.  Lots of rests were taken on the move, so instead of taking 20 min breaks, we would take a walking break for a mile to eat / drink/ take photos etc.

We did some faster miles and slower miles but we tried to keep at 11 where possible.

 

Highlights

·         Doing it independently, carrying our own stuff and going lightweight.


 

·         Skye Ale

·         Tomich Hotel, cream teas, good food and beer (cider for Pippa)


·         Getting our legs in the cold rivers and Lochs and the sea – great way of getting a bit of recovery


·         Beer – particularly the Skye beer.  

·         Stumbling across a hostel on day 2 and being given free tea by a young ultra runner with knackered knees.

·         On the long day, finding the hostel open at mile 20 and being offered free teas

·         Swimming in the sea in Skye


Lows

·         Starting 6 hours late and having to do a pushy half marathon instead of taking it easy

·         Getting soaked on day 2 for an hour  (but then the sun came out)

·         Steve’s egg  dropping out of the middle of the pork pie after mile 18 on day 3

·         Our one and only midge attack at about mile 10 on day 3.

·         Grumpy hotel driving nearly making us miss our pints (and dinner) after our late arrival on the first night

·         Pippa throwing her shoes away at the end of the run – it felt sad L

·         Not seeing Loch Ness Monster  (Nessy or Lochy)

·         No golden eagles, they were all hiding

 

Luxury Items:

Steve – book and one pair of pants

Nick - ?

Pippa – combe


Next year – anybody else want to join us ???

Looking at Wairwrights Coast to Coast.  Just about all off road. Probably about 20 to 25 miles per day.  Carrying our own stuff, staying somewhere nice and doing it in about 8 days.

 

 

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