Category: Cape Wrath to Hastings

Day 39: Kirk Yetholm – Cheviot Hills (White Law – Black Hag – The Schil – Windy Gyle – Beefsand Hill)

15.5 miles – Strong winds swiftly alternating sunshine and clouds, some of which delivered stinging rain I crossed the border

Day 38: Kirk Yetholm (rest day)

On which I watched the rain thunder onto the ground through the hostel window. Do they have summer in Scotland

Day 37: Dere Street – Cessford – Morebattle – Town Yetholm – Kirk Yetholm

18.8 miles – light showers clearing to warm sunshine and puffy clouds I awoke at 5:00 to the sound of

Day 36: Melrose – Newtown St Boswells – St Boswells – Dere Street

13.6 miles – showers, some heavy Unlikely as it may seem, the campsite in Melrose town centre partly occupies land

Day 35: Kirkhope Law – Traquair – Tweed Valley – Melrose

21.9 miles – sullen skies, desultory rain later on There was a ‘hard route’ and an ‘easy’ route on offer:

Day 34: West Linton – Peebles – Kirkhope Law

20.5 miles – heavy showers, cheeky sunshine in between some A day spent on the old drove roads – at

Day 33: Lanark – Carstairs – Carstairs Junction – Newbigging – Dunsyre – Dolphinston – West Linton

20.6 miles – a wicked wind, splattering rain The journey as far as Lanark was along a chain of four

Day 32: Motherwell (almost) – Motherwell (itself) – Clydesdale – Lanark

20.1 miles – a wylie breeze, flitting clouds, dancing sunshine It rained all night, but kindly stopped as I awoke;

Day 31: Glasgow (Youth Hostel – Charing Cross – City Centre – Dalmarnock) – Carmyle – Newton – Uddingston – Bothwell – Motherwell (almost)

18.7 miles – clouds with occasional weary sunshine in the morning and sullen rain later The Clyde Walkway takes over

Day 30: Glasgow (rest day)

on which I found the disused railway station at Glasgow Botanic Gardens and encountered some impressive tropical tree ferns in

Day 29: Craigallain Loch – Mugdock Country Park – Milngavie – River Kelvin – Maryhill – North Kelvinside – Glasgow (Youth Hostel)

13 miles – warm, cloudy, occasional sunshine A peaceful leafy start to the day through Mugdock country Park; however, little

Day 28: Balloch – Forth & Clyde Junction Railway – Blane Valley Railway – Craigallain Loch

15.6 miles – dry, overcast, humid, some sunshine later The first eight miles today retraced my steps of the last

Day 27: Loch Lomond (Sallochy) – Bramaha – Drymen – Forth & Clyde Junction Railway – Balloch

20.9 miles – warm, sunny, virtually cloudless Maybe it was the tranquility of the morning, or the sun on the

Day 26: Loch Lomond (opposite Island I Vow – Inversnaid – Rowardennan – Sallocy)

12.5 miles – sun and clouds, never too hot nor too cold, perfect walking weather I spent the whole day

Day 25: Crianlarich – Loch Lomond (opposite Island I Vow)

11.0 miles – Puffy clouds with sunshine in between, a sprinkling of showers Crianlarich Station has a tea room, waiting

Day 24: Loch Tulla (almost) – Bridge of Orchy – Tyndrum – Crianlarich

19.1 miles – Heavy rain in the morning, mostly dry with occasional sunshine in the afternoon The wind howled around

Day 23: Kinlochleven – Glencoe – Rannoch Moor – Loch Tulla (almost)

17.3 miles – misty rain or drizzle I spent the day among the clouds (as the photos show) where the

Day 22: Glen Nevis Hostel – Kinlochleven

14.4 miles – cloudy with token sunny blobs, rain towards evening We had stayed up late, the hostel receptionist and

Day 21: Glen Nevis Youth Hostel (rest day)

On which I gorged myself on toast and Marmite.

Day 20: Fort William (rest day)

On which I replenished my stocks of various commodities.