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Scotland Coast to Coast

EC CommunityJames Hipkiss

Having visited some pretty cool places around the world, and having trekked with local guides in various places, we decided that we wanted to do something entirely self-sufficient -- plan our own route, carry our own food, wild camp, and feel as remote from other humans as possible. We didn't want to spend mega-bucks on this, and we'd previously had a brilliant long weekend in Scotland, walking, camping and hiring boats to explore the Lochs.

With so much wilderness and beautiful scenery on offer, while still being easily accessible to us without breaking the bank, Scotland seemed the perfect answer. We won't be using cars, so having established that it is quite cheap to fly to Inverness, and that you can get a train back there from the Kyle of Lochalsh, we decided to walk from one coast of Scotland to the other. We are devising our own route, (avoiding roads everywhere possible) we'll wild camp along the way, and see what else we can cram in - Munro bagging? Wild swimming? Avoiding death-by-midgies? - en route. We have 2 weeks of leave, so we have the Kyle of Lochalsh as a minimum distance to reach (for the train back to Inverness), and then any spare time at the end we have at the end we will use to see as much of Skye as possible. We're looking forward to everything except the midges!

Debbie Adam