Day 1 Inverallochy to Rosehearty
Off at last! A wonderful sunny day again today. Up here the temperature is pleasant and the wind is moderate.
Last night we reviewed our plans for this week’s stint and toddled off to bed. In bed we enjoyed a few minutes scanning bus timetables as we sipped our goodnight dram. We intended to walk, without packs, using public transport to return us to Inverallochy and a comfy bed at the end of each day for the next four days. The idea being to ease our ancient persons into the hardships of the trail before having to make our way burdened by mighty rucksacks. Imagine our despair when it became apparent that our leisurely plans were in tatters. In its great wisdom Stagecoach Scotland has no buses between the villages of North East Scotland. Residents and strollers alike are reduced to Shanks’s Pony. A frantic search for accommodation ensued.
We returned almost straightaway. The observant will notice a change in Janet’s appearance.
There is a very nice asphalt path leading from Broadsea towards Sandhaven.which is just about visible to the left of this photo, the path not Sandhaven which is invisible in this photo being some distance away.
At the back of the fish factories and recycling centre the lovely asphalt path turns sharply left and joins the road. We didn’t fancy that very much and spotted a possible, less travelled, path behind a fence. The notice by the fence implied that the “cliff edge” was unstable but had no effect on our intrepid souls.
Sadly, although the less travelled path was stable and a good idea, we had to join the main road to Sandhaven eventually. There is a very nice footway however. It is long and straight so is a bit tedious. At least having the sea on the right prevented any navigational problems.
The patent skirt saver was not needed today. A good job really as I didn’t take it with us.
Here it is, day 1 in a nutshell.