Route: as planned apart from avoidance of some off road sections where I may not have been welcomed
See http:/www.topwalks.com/tgoc2013.html Day 14 for map
Distance: 20 km (Cum 370 km - 230 miles)
Ascent: 300 metres (Cum 10450)
Time taken: 3.9 hrs including 0.25 hrs stops
Weather: sunny periods, cold wind, seriously strong
Challengers encountered: 'Lilo' Pete Varley at the end (pictured); no other walkers were seen (as on most of the entire two week walk)
Total tally of Challengers seen since starting at Plockton: 5
We enjoyed Lilo's company last night. Unfortunately there was no room for him at the inn so he went off looking for B&Bs. The 'bad news', he reported, was that they were full. The good news: a passing dog walker had offered him a bed...
Research occurred. Without wishing to cast aspersions on any of Pennan Bay's worthy residents, the chef kindly pointed dear Pete in the direction of a camping spot he had already sussed.
The bed at Pennan Bay Hotel was very comfy. This is the location where the film 'Local Hero' was shot.
I waited, after an excellent breakfast, until 9 o'clock for Lilo to turn up. He didn't. He had set off at 7.30 after a disturbed night. The strong wind had changed direction and become a gale.
Today the wind dominated. Even in the quiet country lanes every gust had the roar of an approaching juggernaut.
It was a blustery endurance test to reach Frazerburgh. I chose to travel by roads. Down by the north coast eider ducks and seagulls bobbed on the waves. The smell of rotting seaweed and mouthfuls of sand were the reward for getting close to the sea.
Eventually, on the outskirts of Frazerburgh, Sue appeared and walked with me to the lighthouse museum. Reunited with Lilo, and pleased to be finished, we enjoyed tea and cake in the café before departing for Montrose for signing in and partying...
Sent from after the end of the TGO Challenge