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Map 21 – The Mermaid of the North

If you have ever been to Copenhagen, you have probably been underwhelmed by their famous Little Mermaid statue. If you haven’t, it’s a wonderful city; but the mermaid is not the highlight. Conversely, you might reasonably take the view that a very similar statue on the rocky shore of a small coastal village in Easter […]

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Map 19 Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree & Map 20 Beinn Dearg

You can’t beat a good view, and you would have to work very hard to beat the view that my new friends Geoff and Marianne have from their cosy cottage. It sits above the harbour in Cove, on the west side of Loch Ewe in an extremity of Wester Ross. I first saw it when […]

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Stuck in Map 18

Sometimes even the best laid plans will come unstuck! I was up at the crack of dawn and arrived at Lochmaddy pier about 6.30am on a pleasant morning, only to be told that the boat would not be sailing. Oh no! Returning to my bnb I spent an hour working out that I was basically […]

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Map 18 – North Uist / Uibhist A Tuath

Today I cycled almost every road in North Uist. Not literally every mile; but pretty close. Especially those parts that fall within the boundaries of OS map 18. Which is to say most of it. There‚Äôs a little bit that falls off the bottom, but that is going to be done next week anyway. In […]

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Map 18 – St Kilda

It took me 54 years; but on Saturday I went to St Kilda. It was worth the wait. Well worth it. What an amazing place. For those who are not familiar, St Kilda is the most remote outpost of Britain. It is a small but spectacular archipelago in the Atlantic, some 40 miles north-west of […]