Brian Cheung
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Northbound

Thoughts, photos and anecdotes from my travels through Norway, Scotland and Finland.

Trench Foot

The previous day started late and ended early, and with a bigger drive and more to see along the way we decided not to sleep in for a change. 

Our first stop was the Falls of Kirkaig near Inverkirkaig. We trekked a 2 mile path beside the river and through the hills to get to the thundering falls. It was a dry day but being Scotland I don’t think much time passes between downpours. The path had numerous muddy patches to navigate and I set the tone for the day after accidentally submerging an entire foot into a mud puddle.

We dried off on the way back and lunched in Lochinver before driving to Stoer Head - a 6km long peninsula jutting out towards the Outer Hebrides. The lighthouse is beautiful, and by some miracle FOR SALE. I definitely had a few fantasies swirling in my head on the approach…

By now the clouds had parted and the sun was out in full force. But the 2 1/2 mile hike to the end of the peninsula was even muddier than the hike to the falls. The ground was slippery, swampy and impassable at times with no continuous path to decipher. Poor Jake took a complete tumble when he tried to jump over a muddy patch and failed to stick the landing. We trudged on to the end of the point for the beautiful views, and to see the Old Man of Stoer - a 60m high sea stack off the coast. 

Heading back was no easier, but eventually we made it back to the car to strip away our saturated shoes and socks to dry off a bit. We stopped by yet more picturesque ruins and mountains on the way to our next stop of Durness. 

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