Ages: Colin was 67 years and 342 days. Rosemary was 65 years and 119 days.
Weather: ‘Fair-weather’ cloud, and there was still a cold wind. We saw no sign of the volcanic ash from Iceland which has closed every single airport in the UK because of the danger of it getting into aircraft engines.
Location: Alligin Shuas to Torridon.
Distance: 5½ miles.
Total distance: 2207 miles.
Terrain: Two stretches of slightly boggy moorland, but mostly a hard track and paved roads. Downhill at first, then more or less flat. BLISS after yesterday!
Rivers: No.237, Abhainn Alligin. No 238, Abhainn Coire Mhic Nòbull. + lots of streams.
Kissing gates: No.208 as we left Alligin Shuas.
‘Historic Scotland’ properties: None.
Ferris wheels: None.
How we got there and back: We were staying in our caravan in Applecross, and we had hired a small car locally so we had two. Yesterday we left the hire car in Torridon. Today we drove to Torridon in our own car, then switched cars and drove the hire car on to Alligin Shuas.
At the end, we came to our own car in Torridon. We had tea and caramel shortcake, then we drove to Alligin Shuas. From there we drove both cars through Torridon to Shieldaig, where we parked the hire car until tomorrow. Then we returned to our caravan in Applecross in our own car. (Sounds complicated, but it was simple really.)
We were supposed to have a complete “rest” day today, but we had the second half of yesterday’s Walk to complete. I felt a bit depressed by my ‘failure’ yesterday, but Colin was very encouraging. He knew how difficult I had found the paths over the last two days, and appreciated the fact that I was totally exhausted. I felt a lot better after a lazy morning, and we drove over the mountains to start our Walk in the middle of the afternoon.
We stopped at the toilet block, then walked on to where we had parked the car.
That ended Walk no.239, we shall pick up Walk no.240 next at the road junction in Torridon. It was twenty-five past seven, so the Walk had taken three and a half hours. We had tea and caramel shortcake, then we drove to Alligin Shuas. From there we drove both cars through Torridon to Shieldaig, where we parked the hire car until tomorrow. Then we returned to our caravan in Applecross in our own car.
This morning all Scottish airports were closed. This afternoon all those in England and Wales followed suit. By this evening most of those in northern Europe were also shut down. This is because a volcano in Iceland is erupting, and depositing ash in the jet-stream. It is a fine abrasive powder which would wreak havoc if it gets into aircraft engines. The last time this volcano erupted, in the 19th century, it continued for eighteen months!