We had wind, rain, some midges, more rain, and more rain – ok we did have sun on the first and last days. Over 7 days a group of S5 pupils from Knox and North Berwick High Schools walked 108 kms of the Skye Trail from Broadford in the south to Rubha Hunish in the north.
On leaving Broadford the group first walked 20 kms round the coast to camp at Torrin. Next day we battled over the mighty Blaven in terrible conditions before seeking overnight sanctuary in the great new Camusunary bothy in the company of three Germans, a Norwegian, Hungarian, Lithuanian and a Bulgarian- all conversing of course in English. Next we walked up the valley to camp at Sligachan, then walked in a ‘monsoon’ day round the coast to the next camp at Portree. From here we stumbled and fought our way over peat bogs to the top of mighty Storr at the south end of the Trotternish. Next, we walked the north end of the Trotternish and down through the Quiraing to camp at the excellent Dun Flodigarry Hostel (thankfully with the use of their facilities to avoid the ferocious midges). On the last day we finished with amazing views of Harris, watched dolphins breaching in the Minch before finishing with a refreshing swim at the very north tip at Rubha Hunish.
Very well done Phoebe, Ailsa, Conal, George, Danial, Matt and Ross! Top job by all for being up for the challenge, and especially for maintaining a great level of enthusiasm and morale through conditions that were definitely ‘character forming’ at times. And thank you much Caroline for volunteering; giving up your time and helping to make this happen.
Sorry about the lack of pictures (the one of Blaven in the sun above was Googled!), but I lost my camera. Hopefully we’ll be be able to share group photos and I’ll get more up here.
Have a great Summer …