Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
8.93 miles today. 1116.64 miles total.
Yesterday’s wind gusts were strong enough to stop the ferries to Orkney and between the islands. This morning the wind had died down, to be replaced by steady light rain as I walked into Golspie centre.
The shortest route to Brora would have been 6 miles on the A9.
Instead, after food shopping I took the John O’Groats Trail
through the woods
to Dunrobin Castle, home of the Earl of Sutherland.
After a cup of coffee I followed the coastal path round to Brora. It isn’t waymarked and the beach is not accessible at high tide.
The variety of sandy beach,
dunes, fields and stones (what is this one?)
made a pleasant change to road walking.
A man called Dave stopped me at the harbour to say he admired what I’m doing. People are so encouraging 🙂
Along the coast I saw lots of seals and sea birds.
The weather, although mostly overcast, did have occasional clear spells.
After visiting the estuary,
I walked further into Brora following signs for ‘Information’ and ‘Hub’ hoping to find a list of places to stay. Instead I found a place offering lots of activity and other classes, a welcome for a dripping traveller and a cup of tea.
While there I found an AirBnB for tonight, passing this front garden display on the way.
Tomorrow is a rest day. I don’t need to camp in the cold any more. I’m going soft 😉