Ben Loyal Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Tongue
So much for predictions of a short day! 18 miles as good as dammit. Awoke to typical mizzling day, the wind blowing hard enough to ensure we were quickly damp and needing all our waterproofs on. First half of the day was then a solid root march along the seemingly endless access track to Choire Lodge. Little to see apart from the occasional deer. Seven miles later we arrived at the lodge, idyllically set on the banks of the Loch. However, sadly the lodge burnt down 18 months ...
... some full of water, some dry and the worst, some looking dry but in fact bog! So we zig zagged, meandered and stumbled our way until we got to the trig point at the summit...3 and half hours to cover 7 miles! The view was fantastic and the wildlife interesting. We walked up countless deer, two Grouse families, Golden Plover, Greenshank, Dunlin as well as disturbing two adders. Walking down was easy and five miles later we were in Kinbrace....a place that didn't ...
... did so we have pushed on walking 17.5 miles to a place called Glutt Farm. In effect we are 4 miles further up the valley than planned, meaning we can push beyond Kinbrace tomorrow, in turn cutting down on the 25 miles to Crask the following day!! Fallen on our feet again. When we got here, knocked on the door to be greeted by Gus, the new estate manager here as well as his Pointer Pluto. Gus kindly invited us in for tea, has allowed us to camp outside ...
... was very busy on the way out coping with good-sized swells and short seas on the bow. Following swells and seas on the way home were far more interesting, however, with loads of rudder and very close to cavitating propellors to avoid broaching on numerous occasions. It was a superb display of seamanship that any old RAAF crash-rescue launch 'salt' would have been proud of.
Once at the isles we had 4 hours to explore the main island in the group (Hirta), which has ...
Stayed the night at Tongue in a hotel that used to be earl of sutherland's hunting lodge. The earl is still hated as he was the one most responsible for the clearing out the highlands of most of the crofters. He decided farmer sheep was more profitable so he just threw thousands of people out of their homes. Most of them ended up in slums in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the mid 1800's. And then on to NZ and Aussie.
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed