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Wick to John o'Groats - 17.7 miles (1,079.5 total) When I started planning this whole crazy venture, the thought of how I would feel on the last day may have crossed my mind, but only fleetingly. Regular followers well know that I was never confident enough to look that far ahead. The next day was... Continue Reading →

Dunbeath to Wick - 20.5 miles (1,061.8 total) Today was one that preyed on the back of my mind from the beginning. Yes, it was the second last scheduled day, which should have been a reason for relaxation, but, it was a long walk to programme in near the end. The logistics dictated that it... Continue Reading →

Helmsdale to Dunbeath - 15.5 miles (1,041.3 total) Helmsdale was a perplexing place. It's a lovely little village with everything the walker/cyclist/tourist could ask for but it wasn't busy. It has a harbour, a really good pub, a couple of hotels, a convenience store, a chip shop, restaurants, a railway station, a post office, The... Continue Reading →

Brora to Helmsdale - 12.3 miles (1,025.8 total) I crossed the bridge over the River Brora to meet Pete for a 10am start. We immediately headed back towards the coast via the other side of the river to the golf course. Like yesterday at Dornoch, we followed a path along the length of the links,... Continue Reading →

Dornoch to Brora - 18.8 miles (1,013.5 total) Today was a day of contrasting emotions. The morning was a delightful walk, along the coast and north to Loch Fleet, which is a National Nature Reserve; this was followed by an uncomfortable walk along the A9 to Golspie, which included a questionable rural diversion; the finale... Continue Reading →

Alness to Dornoch - 21.8 miles (994.7 total) Our route out of Alness, like the previous 2 days, was the relatively easy-to-follow NCR1. We set off at 9am to Alness town centre then headed due north to leave the houses behind. Quite quickly we turned sharp right on a country road to walk in an... Continue Reading →

Dingwall to Alness - 10.4 miles (972.9 total) Today ended up a really short day to Alness and tomorrow is going to be a really long day to Dornoch. I could have done with a more even split but the availability of accommodation and services was important when planning this. On a positive note, both... Continue Reading →

Inverness to Dingwall - 15 miles (962.5 total) Today starts my final sub-section of LEJOG 2018. The planned 8 day walk between Inverness and John o’Groats is still ahead of me. It's virtually all road walking, mainly because there are few possible alternatives as I head north and east. My plan is to follow National... Continue Reading →

Drumnadrochit to Inverness - 20.1 miles (947.5 total) I knew that today's walk to Inverness would be the best part of 20 miles so I had an early breakfast and was on the road for 9am. The weather was still warm and sticky so, after yesterday's dehydration problems, I made sure that I had plenty... Continue Reading →

Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit - 15.9 miles (927.4 total) When I walked this section 15 years ago, in my memory it was one of the less demanding days on the Great Glen Way. We finished the walk in time to watch the Scottish Cup Final (football) on television in a social club in Drumnadrochit, so we... Continue Reading →

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