The Route

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Duncansby Head to Dwarwick Pier

Time taken – 4 hrs 25 mins

Distance – 18.8 Kms – 11.5 Miles

Obstacles – Rattar Burn (if in wet season will need waders!!)

Dwarwick Pier to Thurso

Thurso to Fresgoe Harbour (Reay)

Fresgoe Harbour to Baligill

Time Started 9 am

Time Finished 3 pm

Time took – 6 hrs

Distance 20.2kms – 12.55 miles

Obstacles.

The bridge at the Big House was closed due to damage, this caused me to walk along the road all the way through town, also, the big ravine that is at the end of Melvich goes right up to the road so I had to walk all the way there.

 

 

BALIGILL to KIRTOMY

Time Start 845am

Time Finish 445pm

Time took – 6 hrs

Distance 25.9 kms – 16.1 miles

Obstacles.

Numerous bogs. The second bridge that is supposed to be in Armadale Bay is non-existant, therefore had to make my way along the roads.

From Kirtomy to Torrisdale

The weather was very good although a bit hazy in places.

Time left – 9am

Time finished – 145pm

Time took – 4hrs 45 mins

Distance – 12.3kms/7.64miles

TORRISDALE TO TONGUE

Time leaving – 9am

Time finishing – 310 pm

Time took – 6hrs 10 mins

Distance – 17.7kms/10.99miles

Obstacles – At Skerray Harbour I had to walk along the top of the pier to reach the banking which I had to scramble up! THere is now a metal gate at the start of the road to the pier, go through the gate and walk along on the west side of the fence on the embankment going through another metal gate and then a fence to go over, there is a plan to put a stile there.

The path that links to the Torrisdale road could be better sign posted/maintained.

LAID TO DURNESS

TIME LEFT – 910 AM

TIME FINISHED – 1530 PM

TIME TOOK – 6 HRS 20 MINS

DISTANCE – 18.1KMS/13.5 MILES

OBSTACLES – None really apart from when reaching Rispond Bay it was easier to walk along the road rather than going in and out of various short actual coastal areas.

DURNESS TO CAPE WRATH

TIME LEFT – 1100AM

TIME FINISHED – 1500PM

TIME TOOK – 4hrs

DISTANCE – 18.1KMS/14.1 MILES

OBSTACLES – We walked along the main track which was fine.

BLOG – Richard and I walked on a Sunday when the ferry starts at 1100am if you walk during the week it starts at 0900/0930am thereby giving you time to walk around the actual coast.

 

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