Ages: Colin was 66 years and 137 days. Rosemary was 63 years and 280 days.
Weather: Sunny — a brilliant day!
Location: Hilton of Cadboll to Portmahomack.
Distance: 12 miles.
Total distance: 1745 miles.
Terrain: A rough path between the cliffs and the beach — uneven, but mostly flat. Road for the last three miles into Portmahomack.
Tide: Out, coming in.
Kissing gates: Nos.162 & 163 at the sculpture and remains in Hilton, no.164 just outside Hilton and no.165 at Rockfield.
‘Historic Scotland’ properties: None.
Ferris wheels: None.
How we got there and back: We were staying in a holiday flat in the countryside about three miles from Dingwall. This morning we got up early, put Colin’s bike on the back of the car, and drove to Hilton of Cadboll where Colin dropped me off. I had a look at a sculpture of a Pictish stone and wandered round Pictish remains while Colin drove on to Portmahomack and cycled back.
At the end, we finished at the car. Portmahomack is such a pretty village, especially in the evening sun. We had our tea and mouth-watering caramel squares, and returned to Hilton of Cadboll to pick up the bike. We drove back to Dingwall, such a long way now and we were exhausted. I suggested fish’n’chips again, but the shop was shut. So we returned to the flat and I had to cook after all.
We went down to Edinburgh for a couple of nights to attend my nephew’s ordination into the priesthood. Bruno was born and brought up in Arundel, West Sussex, where his parents still live. He is 30 years old, and has joined the Dominican Friars, the Order of Preachers. For some years he has been studying in various Dominican houses around the country, latterly in Edinburgh where he has been working at the University as a chaplain. His ordination, a deeply moving ceremony, took place in Edinburgh last Saturday. We had been invited, and also to his First Mass in Arundel Cathedral followed by a reception in Arundel Castle (no less!) which is to take place next Friday. Since we planned to be walking the coast of Scotland at this time, we decided to attend the ordination in Edinburgh, and then return north to continue our trek. We would forego the celebrations in Arundel for the sake of the Round-Britain-Walk! We wish Bruno well in his chosen vocation.
It was great to catch up with various family members in Edinburgh. It was also nice to have a real shower in the B&B in which we stayed! It was with reluctance that we returned to our grotty ‘cottage’ in the roof yesterday.
Above Portmahomack they have built a new estate, so we asked a young mother, who had just come out of one of the houses, whether we could get to the harbour through the estate. She directed us the best way down.
That ended Walk no.198, we shall pick up Walk no.199 next time on the seafront at Portmahomack. It was ten to six, so the Walk had taken six hours forty minutes. We had our tea and caramel squares, then returned to Hilton of Cadboll to pick up the bike. We drove back to Dingwall, such a long way now and we were exhausted. I suggested fish’n’chips again, but being a Monday the shop was shut. So we returned to the flat and I had to cook after all.