Today I crossed the Easter Ross peninsula, which entailed 19 miles of almost entirely road walking.
I left Evanton at 8.00 with a blister on one foot and a hot spot on the other. This was totally down to my own stupidity in leaving my boot inner soles at Braemar. I had replaced them in Inverness but obviously something was not right.
The best thing seemed to be to get the day completed as soon as possible. The 7k to Alness disappeared in 95 minutes, so I had a short break. More road walking took me to Newmore which had some beautiful gardens.
Finally after 13k of roads, I moved onto a forest track and stopped for another rest. I decided that some music would help pass the time. Quick look at the guide map. Follow the path to a road, turn left, get to a T junction, turn right, take the second road on the left. Right, off we go.
An hour later I suddenly thought, “This left turn is taking a long time to appear.” A closer inspection of the guide revealed that it was not a road, but the entrance to a farm that I had passed about a mile back. As the trail only ran parallel with the road I was on, I chose to continue.
Around 1.15, I was less than 3 miles from Tain, when Stuart, my son, rang me. When we had finished, and as I had stopped, I had lunch by the side of the road – getting some strange looks from the locals.
Entering Tain I paused at a very impressive building, to discover that it had been the Easter Ross Poorhouse. Closer examination of the information board revealed that the large building was in fact the warden’s house, and what seemed to be a barn was the women’s quarters.
I arrived at my accommodation in Tain at 2.45, after a day with little memorable about it.
Tain seems an interesting town, and I am planning to visit the museum before heading off to Dornoch. I only have 14k to cover tomorrow, so for the first time I will indulge in some sight-seeing.