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John o’Groats, we made it through the rain…

John o’Groats, we made it through the rain…

We finally made it to John o’ Groats. It took us almost two months, a lot of walking, some busses, trains and a taxi. As some of you may know and some may not we had to speed things up because of some unforeseen private matters we had to attend to back in Germany. John o’ Groats or formaly Jan de Groote isn’t exactly the most exciting place in the world. There are a few houses, a hotel with a…

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Helmsdale & Highland Games 2015

Helmsdale & Highland Games 2015

Helmsdale Not a place that I would call very picturesque but all in all a very pleasant town with a good Chippy and surrounded by nice walks in a gorgeous setting. We embarked on this journey to walk and so walk is what we did. We chose a path that would take us to the top of Eldrable Hill where we had a some very nice views over the countryside and moors. The walk was about 13km and ascended 410m. All…

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Hill (and Moor) walking around Kingshouse

Hill (and Moor) walking around Kingshouse

  On our second day in Kingshouse we got lucky, it was a warm, sunny day. Perfect for some hillwalking. Behind the café of the Mountain Resort a chairlift went up a hill to a viewpoint (which is also the starting point of a really scary-looking downhill mountain bike trail) and a trail to the top of the Creag Dubh hill, 748 meters high. Underneath the chair lift, a designated footpath would lead the daring hiker to the same destinations. So we…

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Devil’s Staircase to grocery shopping

Devil’s Staircase to grocery shopping

  In Kingshouse we ended our West Highland Way walk – at least with carrying our luggage. The tiny village consists only of a hotel, a bunkhouse, and the Glencoe Mountain ski centre and campsite – which is quite ugly. But they have cozy microlodges, so we stayed there for three nights to give our feet some much needed rest. Well, not quite. The campsite had no onsite-shop, only an overprized cafe with uninspiring food. The next shops were in…

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West Highland Way from Inverarnan to Kingshouse

West Highland Way from Inverarnan to Kingshouse

  We’re back in the wild. This time we are walking on the popular West Highland Way. Got on a bus from Glasgow to Inverarnan, where we stayed in a nice small lodge on a campsite. And since we’re walking again, the weather changed, of course. We arrived in pouring rain. The next morning was grey, but dry at first. The forecast had announced showers during the whole day. So we prepared. Got on our rain coats on and the…

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No Trip to “Unthank” – visiting Glasgow

No Trip to “Unthank” – visiting Glasgow

  “Glasgow, the sort of industrial city where most people live nowadays but nobody imagines living” (Lanark , Book 3, Chapter 11) Scottish Author Alasdair Gray used Glasgow, or Glasgae, as it’s called by the locals, in his epic novel “Lanark” as a model-city for his dystopian “Unthank”: A city where the sun never shines and people develop a strange illness called “dragonhide”. It is eventually destroyed in an apocalypse of flood and fire. And this didn’t seem to be…

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