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Scotland Coast to Coast

Across Scotland by foot and packraft

A microadventure documented through microblogging (Twitter).

  • Colossal bleak landscape of frozen rivers and snorting stags.
  • Weather too bad to cross loch morar. Spending whole day trekking round it through heather.
  • Have not seen a person, vehicle or light in 2 days. Remote scotland is special
  • Hauled heavy packs up and over watershed then took to packrafts to descend next river
  • Clothes wet, tent wet, sleeping bag wet. Thank god for boil in the bag chicken tikka! Ha!
  • Crossing highland passes by foot, rafting down the other side, camping by lochs… I could not be happier
  • Boats out and on to river spey tmrw. Hope it is not too iced over.
  • Epic morning’s paddle. Huge slabs of ice line the river and the stream between is black and swift
  • Tough afternoon. River spey frozen solid so we had to drag rafts x-country for hours
  • Perfect end to cold, hard day- remote scottish pub with huge fire and a couple of earned pints before heading for the tent
  • Long day’s paddle down spey. Had to wear plastic bags over gloves as hands freezing
  • Camping in an unlocked fishing hut on banks of spey. Luxury!
  • Man it’s cold in this hut! Roll on dawn so we can get moving again…
  • Frustrating- woke in our hut to strong winds- no paddling today. Going to kick heels in grantown. Grrr
  • Day making 0 miles of progress is so frustrating. need to reach east coast of scotland by sat. Totally at mercy of wind…
  • Fantastic day on river. Lots of rapids and lots of miles covered. Should reach sea tomorrow
  • Freezing hands and feet at day end. Put tent up fast, into sleeping bag, stove on and life rosy once again…
  • Watched an otter dragging a salmon to the river bank
  • Beautiful finish to our trek. Swooping down estuary past seals down to the rolling sea. The end!

For some “proper” writing about the trip please click here. Or watch this short video:

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