Feeling Today: 🕶 👞😳
So Far: 131.54 miles, 41:27 hours
For me, Morangie Forest will remain in my memory as one of those places I received bad news. Navigating through it was difficult and I went wrong several times. So I didn’t enjoy the forest which somehow seems appropriate.
I did meet a funny old chap deep in the woods. It could have been a ‘Deliverance’ moment (and I did hear the opening few guitar chords), but he was nice and desperate to chat. He told me that it was the First Duchess of Sutherland who was the real force and mercilessly implemented the clearances with the Duke’s land agents. The Duke’s sin was staying in London and not knowing what was being done in his name. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t a bad man, but in this case there was a bad woman behind him.
Today’s walk was pretty dull, along minor roads, cycle paths and the route of the old A9, and longer than I’d expected. Occasional glimpses of the oil rigs standing in the Cromarty Firth.
I stopped at the Station Bar in Alness for a pint and a toastie and to read the local election results. Poor old Jezza – he must be going for the sympathy vote on the 8th June ! Not surprisingly it’s the SNP that has the high profile up here. Along this road the only lampposts with Vote SNP signs were the three directly outside a school. I saw the same elsewhere. Early indoctrination ? – slightly sinister ….
And so to Dingwall, a Royal Burgh and home to Tulloch Castle and Ross County Football Club (good trivia quiz question). I’ve only had a brief wander round but it’s not as smart as I’d expected – more football club than Royal Burgh …
My feet hurt. Two blisters remain – my pee’s obviously not strong enough, Russ – but I’ve bought some cushioned insoles to help my bruised heels. I’m hoping a shorter day tomorrow will help. Thank heavens the weather is still fantastic!