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Training Log Archive: PixieJ

In the 7 days ending Aug 10:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Walking2 8:10:00 20.6(23:47) 33.15(14:47) 703
  Total2 8:10:00 20.6(23:47) 33.15(14:47) 703

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Thursday Aug 8 #

Walking 5:10:00 [3] 12.4 mi (25:00 / mi) +506m 22:11 / mi

Simon dropped me off on the road to Scalpay just over a mile east of Tarbert. Weather was fine to start and then became a bit drizzly. Thankfully I’d stopped for a coffee and a carrot cake muffin at the Caolas gallery when the worst of the weather hit. Carried on walking the road to Scalpay, over the bridge and into the village. Past the school where Simon and I had agreed to rendezvous in the afternoon and headed along the road towards the south eastern end of the island. The skies began to clear and it turned out to be a lovely day. At the end of the road continued on the track to the Eilean Glass lighthouse, the buildings around which looked in a sorry state. Headed back along the heritage trail which was delightful. No clear path, a bit of bog hopping was required but nothing too onerous. The trail was marked by posts every hundred metres or so. Get to one post and then scan ahead for the next. Choose your route. Great fun. Took some lovely photos. Was too early for our rendezvous when I got back to the village so went for a walk to the Pier. Walked back to a lovely spot on the headland where I could see the bridge and spy any dark grey Citreons heading for the island (well, something that shape and colour).


Lovely sunny evening on the campsite, rather blustery though. Not sure if it was this particular evening or the day before when we saw two eagles circling to the east of the campsite. Who needs to go to an observatory when you have them on the doorstep.
High winds forecast. The decision was made to de-camp and head for a BnB in Stornaway tomorrow. A shame as this campsite was lovely, probably my favourite of all of them although they were all in places where the views were good. I would love to go back, out of the tourist (too many campers for the facilities) and midge season, Harris is a stunning island and we never quite had the full turquoise sea experience. Good decision to de-camp though, the weather was pretty dire for the next two days and for the Scotland part of the drive home on Sunday 11th.
Best breakfast - Granola and grapes in the tent. BnB breakfast maybe the full deal but the tent breakfasts were the best.
Best tent feast - Powdered mash, baked beans and a small curry pie
Best lunch - bars on walks.
Best meal in a restaurant - Crab linguine in a lobster bisque sauce at the Jura Hotel.
Thank you Simon for doing a lot of driving. The holiday may not have turned out quite the way we'd hoped as I couldn't do the mountains with you but we have some great pics and some good memories. Apart from the effin midges.

Wednesday Aug 7 #

Walking 3:00:00 [2] 8.2 mi (21:57 / mi) +197m 20:26 / mi

In car with Simon to the start of his mountain walk. I headed up the Glenn Mhianhaig track to the Eagle Observatory. Constant drizzly rain. Spent 10 mins in the observatory blissfully on my own with no other twitchers and then carried on to Loch Bhoisimid to see 3 men in a boat. Sat in the rain on the bench eating a bar outside the very posh hunting, shooting, fishing hut, then headed back down the track. Thought I saw an eagle come down and land but couldn’t be sure. Stopped at the Eagle hut on the way back and it was full of people staring out the windows. No room to sit so didn’t hang around for long. Headed for car, took off all my sopping wet gear and read my book whilst waiting for Simon to return.

Monday Aug 5 #


Refer to Thraws long re The Quiraing.

Sunday Aug 4 #


Walked 3.3 miles from the campsite to Strahtcarron station, in the rain.
Took the train to Inverness. Dull and raining. Had a fairly nice riverside walk , walked up to the castle, had a cheese scone (they'd sold out of soup :( in the Victorian Marketplace. Not much else to do so whiled away an hour in HMV and Waterstones. Covered about 5 miles in all. Caught train back and Simon picked me up at the station.

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