Sue and I catch the 6.14 train to Strathcarron in the morning. Our bags are packed for our fifth and tenth crossings of Scotland respectively. We’ve plotted an easy route – 200 miles with 10000 metres ascent, mostly low level, so we haven’t really paid much attention to the weight of our rucksacks – 15 kg for me and 10 kg for Sue. We’ll be meeting a friend with a car after three days, so any excess gear can be packed off back home then.
Our route is shown above: Strathcarron > Struy > Inverness > Grantown > Tomintoul > Ballater > Tarfside > North Water Bridge > Montrose. For the first time I haven’t uploaded detailed route maps to our website, nor have I produced a route card with estimated timings. Will I be lost without that? No. Furthermore, having got maps at 1:25000 on my phone, which also has a GPS application, the Garmin GPS has been left out of the luggage.
Anyway, I’ll be reporting briefly as we potter across the country, and we hope to meet old and new friends along the way. We wish everyone a safe and pleasurable stroll and look forward to the party in Montrose a week on Thursday.
Here’s Sue, enjoying day two of last year’s event, on An Socach with the north Loch Mullardoch ridge stretching into the distance.