A Fairytale Walk

Yesterday a nice chap in a car pulled alongside me on a country lane and offered me a lift into town. I declined the lift and he said, ‘very sensible, you are now walking in the best county in Britain and you’ll be amazed by what you see … god willing you may even see an eagle’.

accidental selfie
Well to be honest I have read too many miserable accounts of the last leg of Lands End to John O’Groats walks to believe that I would be amazed by wonderful sites. I was wrong. Today I was truly amazed by the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Sometimes it was almost surreal. I was walking along a deserted sandy beach when a fairytale castle appeared, then the seals started calling whilst the waves crashed around them. I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I sang to the seals and they came very close to see who was making the dreadful noise. What did I sing? A mashed up version of the Selkie of Sule Skerrie of course in a very bad Scottish accent. Luckily nobody but the seals heard me – I hope. 

Castle Dunrobin
can you see seals on the rocks?

I feel so sorry for the walkers who have slogged up the A9 like Richard who should have finished his LEJOG today (congratulations Richard!) and missed this lovely stretch of coastline. Yes, I had to negotiate a couple of barbed wire fences and walk on a railway line but it was worth it.
A local farmer said that walking on the railway line was the best route – ‘the train isn’t due till 2 o’clock and I doubt if there are any specials’ – so I decided to risk it. The same farmer also said ‘we had the naked rambler through here last year – he walked on the railway line.’ Maybe the 2 O’clock tourists on the train saw more than they were expecting! 

a walk on the rail side

Kerriann has headed off ahead of me in the motorhome and stopped at Brora campsite. I called her on my phone and asked her how to find the site: ‘follow the coast path and turn left at the dead puffin’ was her response – that’s not a sentence you hear every day.

dead puffin on sand
dead puffin waymark

6 thoughts on “A Fairytale Walk

  1. Hi
    Kerriann and Graham
    Helen here
    Hot sunshine here today and alls well.i had a nice walk on coastpath before opening gallery also lots of people around .I have seen two lovely foxes close up over the weekend ,one up the valley at bos and one nr the cottage ,out looking for food for young i think. your walk is going really well it must be great having the backup team there for the final leg and dickie each evening for supper and bed .
    lovely review from Geraldine Beskin .
    lots of love to you both
    Helen Andy stellaxxxx

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    1. Hi Helen,
      The weather here has been cooler that you are having which is ideal for walking. Not seen any foxes for a day or two but lots of deer and loads of sea birds of all shapes and sizes. You would have loved the cliff top views of the last few day but the walking has been tough – too tough for a long walk so I am re routing so that I can make some progress without knackering myself.
      Lots of love


  2. Anonymous

    Another lovely start to the day – a truly ‘wish you were here ‘account and photographs.So pleased the weather is good, too. Hope Kerriann is enjoying the sights as well. See you soon. Marionand Roger

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  3. Mollie Setterington

    Hello Graham,

    your photo,s are so lovely. Yes i spotted the seals and also two cormerants . The weather seems to have been kind to you. We also have had a scorchio day 25 C in west yorkshire. Surely you hav,nt far to go now. keep breaking your new boots in and good luck. regards to you and Kerrianne. Mollie and Ken


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