Day 2: Strathcailleach Bothy – Sandwood Bay – Kinlochbrievie -Rhiconich – Loch a Garbh bhaid Beag

17.5 miles – gailforce winds, torrential rain, hail.

Sandwood Bay from the north during a brief burst of sunshine- note, not one tourist!

A day of highs and lows…

High: the spectacularly beautiful Sandwood Bay;

Low: a powerful headwind driving torrential rain into my face;

High: Andy from GPS Training explained what I had done wrong and got my GPS working;

Low: my Spot X emergency contact device froze but Andy couldn’t fix that;

High: I managed to speak to Rachel on the phone;

Low: horizontal hail;

High: the Belgian waffle with toffee sauce and icecream I bought at the Old School House, Inshegra;

Low: another bloody hail storm;

High: the gorgeous Rhiconich River;

High? Low?: fording the fast-growing Garbh Allt river, up to my knees, inching across on ‘all fours’ with my trekking poles, and just managing not to topple (that would have been the end of the walk);

High: pitching my tent by the loch.

Garbh Allt – I crossed just beyond the tree, where the river is more shallow, and so slower flowing; still deep enough to fill each boot to its top!

Comments (1):

  1. Julia Bevan

    2 June 2022 at 14:45

    How long did it take your boots to dry?!

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