15.6 miles – cloudy with welcome sunny patches
Throughout the day I crossed not a single road and only passed two habitable dwellings. This part of the walk was through broad, treeless, deer-denuded glens. This part of the world should be covered in pine and birch forest, but the deer eat almost everything other than heather and the wiry Scottish grass, and the young tree shoots don’t stand a chance other than in the steepest valleys.
But there’s still beauty in the bleakness…
I met a plucky, young American girl called Veronica, undertaking the Cape Wrath Trail on her own. I have such admiration for her optimistic spirit.
I had found on the map a stretch by a river with what appeared to be firm, flat ground. Veronica confirmed this. So I fixed on this as my finishing point that day – it was a good choice. And I had a welcoming committee…
18 June 2022 at 12:33
Looks like some kind of milkwort. Maybe an Alpine Milkwort?