walking and writing

Trails and trials of the writer who walks

Cape Wrath Trail – Sourlies to Inverie

According to my bothy inmates, the section from Sourlies to Inverie is “straightforward”. Perhaps they mean it in the sense that assembling a flat-pack lawnmower might be straightforward. Rising late, … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Cape Wrath Trail – Sourlies Bothy

Following the night on the lonely hillock, and more failed attempts to locate the path through the Forest of No Return, today is a blurred memory of fast-flowing water, deep … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cape Wrath Trail – Urgent Review

If we are born with a supply of adrenalin sufficient for the average life-time, I think I may have used all mine today. First there was the river crossing. A mere … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Cape Wrath Trail – Cona Glen to Glenfinnan

The morning passes with more hard surface deer-stalker trail. I’m making two mistakes right now: feeling peeved about the monotony of it, and smug that I’m already ahead of schedule. … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cape Wrath Trail (attempt #1)

It’s Day Minus One, and thanks to my cheap advance rail ticket (Glasgow to Fort William £3.30) I now find myself in the total darkness of a Highland 11 pm at … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fabulous Phoebe in the Black Isle Brewery

If I were living in a remote Scottish peninsula (dream on) I would pickle organic eggs in my out-house and employ Phoebe to turn it into a thriving tourist industry.  The Scottish Highlands, as … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Northumberland Coastal Way

Sea, Sun and Solitude Despite this being the busiest two weeks of the summer season (I’m frequently told), the boot prints of someone preceding me on the Northumberland Coastal Way are as … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · 1 Comment