Friday, 28 June 2013

28. Land's End to John O'Groats. Tyndrum to Fort William. Bonny Scotland. Great paintings and scenery. Loch Ness to come.

A Tyndrum B Inveroran C Glencoe 
D Fort William E John o' Groats

David Sansom and Robbie Brough, both 19, have raised £6,470.00 so far for Emmaus Oxford, a charity which houses and gives work to the homeless. 

Nowadays many young people in their gap year usually go round the world or work to save up for university, so David and Robbie are unusual in that they are funding this walk themselves in order to give something back to society. In order to emulate the homeless they have eschewed camp beds and alcohol during their walk; they seem touchingly unaware that many homeless turn to drink in a big way.

Readers can donate  to this worthy cause at 

The boys visited the West Highland Museum in Fort William, which has a splendid collection, which can be viewed on the BBC Your Paintings website.
Romantic Landscape with Highlanders and illicit still
by unknown artist. West Highland Museum.
Mrs Ryan by Keith Henderson. West Highland Museum
She has worn her finest dress; 
her best china and silver are on show on a tartan tablecloth, 
with wonderful hand-painted William Morrisish wallpaper in the background.

The Pier at Fort William by Samuel Bough
West Highland Museum

Letters and News at the Loch Side by Henry Tanworth Wells 1868 West Highland MuseumThe postman Donald MacDonald of Achraigis is on the left; the boy is Duncan McCrae. The painting shows how letters used to arrive in remote places.

Miss Barbara Fairweather by Phoebe Isabel Barrow  MBE, 1990s
 Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum, 
of which she was a co-founder, seated her home:
mistress of all she surveys.

David Sansom

Robbie Brough with deer

27 June Email from David Sansom

“Hi Mary,
 Loch Tulla
After waking up in the tranquil Lock Tulla, Rob and I walked 20 miles along a relatively flat track, across Rannoch Moor (which is notoriously much so that it was actually very busy) to a pub where we had soup and chips for lunch.  At the pub there were two wild deer who had become so accustomed to walkers that they even fed out of your hand. 

We then walked on further up a steep hill to Kinlochleven, where we stayed in a campsite.  The campsite had excellent shower facilities which were welcomed after a week of wild camping.  My father paid for a meal in the local pub over the telephone which was also greatly welcomed. 

The Great Glen Way runs from Fort William to Inverness  for 73 miles (117 kilometres). It can be walked in 5–6 days, and leads to Loch Ness.
Neptune’s Staircase, Caledonian Way

After another shower in the morning, Rob and I climbed up the last major hill (hopefully) on the walk, which then put us on the final track of the West Highland Way to Fort William. Here we had lunch, bought maps and visited the West Highland Museum.  

After a long lunch break we joined the Great Glen Way, which took us up Neptune’s Staircase, a series of impressive man made locks.  Walking along a very flat towpath, we found a suitable place to camp.  The midges are a nightmare! 

That's all for 48 hours.

Best wishes, 

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