Scotland – longer than you think!

I’m presently having a crack at the Scottish National Trail, which runs from Kirk Yetholm, the north end of the Pennine Way, to Cape Wrath. 864 km. Yes, quite long. I’ve managed to get to Kingussie, roughly halfway, in reasonable shape although sadly a couple of blips en route mean I won’t have completed the whole thing. My train was three hours late into Berwick, so I missed the bus to KY. The rest of my itinerary would have collapsed like dominoes if I’d gone back there the next day, so I had to start my walk from Crailing, about 15 km in.scotland-end-to-end-mcneish

Now I’m down in the dumps because I couldn’t get across the rivers at Bynack Lodge, in the Cairngorms. I had to trudge all the 18-odd miles back to Blair Atholl and get a train to Kingussie. So those two short sections will have to wait for another time.

This trail has no existence on the ground and is nowhere waymarked. It really only exists online at Walk Highlands.

I’ve only a phone with me so a fully-detailed blog is beyond my thumb power, also I’m not Scottish and don’t feel at home here as I do in the Pennines, for example. It’s all pretty new to me and I’m finding it hard to process, not to mention hard to walk. Here are a few highlights.

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First steps onto the trail at Crailing.

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Wild camped in the Eildons – very breezy

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The Three Brethren

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Wild camped on the Southern Upland Way

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The Cross-Borders Drove Road

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Wild camped in the Pentlands above Edinburgh

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The Water of Leith

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This small plaque at Slateford is the only evidence on the ground that the Scottish National Trail exists

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Falkirk Tunnel

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Falkirk Wheel

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Ice inside tent

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Craigallian Fire memorial on the West Highland Way

Wow, isn’t it tedious trying to do a blog on a phone? And I can’t find any way to resize my images. Oh well, 430-odd km walked, another 430-odd to go, I’m off to the chippy!

 

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2 comments

  1. Wow, I didn’t know this existed as a trail, though there are some familiar sights on it. I’m impressed with your dedication – good luck with the rest of the trail.

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  2. Wow, I didn’t know this existed as a trail, though there are some familiar sights on it. I’m impressed with your dedication – good luck with the rest of the trail.

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