A very long walk today with a 6.30am start to try and avoid the rain forecast to arrive at around 3pm. The A9 and the railway track both hug the coast as you walk towards Portgower, this meant that I could pack in a few miles as the going is very easy on tarmac, but not necessary for your feet! I could see a beach in the distance that looked inviting and I assumed that this was Brora.
|Brora Clock Tower|
Just after Golspie I picked up a minor road that takes you eventually to Littleferry (NO FERRY!) just before Littleferry I ducked into Balbair Woods and made my way to Kirkton so I could cross the railway line safely. I linked up with the A9 again and this took me across Loch Fleet on a bridge called The Mound (!) once across the bridge I started to feel a few spots of rain, how could this be it was only 1pm! had the weatherman got it wrong again? I quickly donned my waterproofs and started on the journey around the south bank of Loch Fleet, fortunately I had picked up a very minor road that runs parallel for part of the way with a disused railway line.
The minor road ran through Skelbo Street, Fourpenny and on past Embo eventually arriving in Dornoch, where I had my second bit of fortune today as the bus I was to catch was stuck behind a coach so I made a dash for it and caught it just in time.....oh I fell asleep within 5 mins of being on the bus, it had been a long 9 hour walk need I say more?
Accommodation: Station Hotel, Tain £25.00 room only. A nice hotel/pub but I wouldn't recommend staying here on a weekend as they have their own underground nightclub that stays open V late