Tuesday 2nd October 2018.
11.7 miles today. 1107.71 miles total.
In contrast to the last few days I’ve really enjoyed today’s walking, mainly because I wasn’t in pain. Maybe yesterday’s lower mileage was a good thing.
The sun has been visible for most of the day, with just occasional showers, but it has been very windy.
At 8am the Dornoch Bridge was closed to high sided vehicles, and during the day there are times when the wind gusted so fiercly that staying upright and moving forwards was very challenging.
It was so windy that I even had to take my Tilley hat off for the first time in 102 days of walking.
My choice of route was largely governed by the weather. I reasoned that negotiating cliff tops and sea breezes might not be wise if if I was already struggling to stay upright on an inland road.
So I walked north out of Dornoch, through Fourpenny.
After admiring the various farm animals (these sheep came running towards me bleating for food) I walked, west, north and then east around Loch Fleet, designated as a nature reserve. It is filled with birds of all sorts.
That’s where I saw my first seals of this trip. They are the lumps on the otherwise smooth sandbank.
The combination of rain and sun led to a vibrant rainbow.
I’ve walked past the statue of the Duke of Sutherland that dominates the hill overlooking the town
and I’ve admired the Links.
A bit of luck led me to a hidden path between the A9 and the western part of Loch Fleet.
The bracken was quite high in places but it made a nice change from road walking.
I’ve now reached Golspie and have taken the easy option of Bed and Breakfast for tonight.