I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the last few days arranging the forthcoming trip to the Highlands. As ever, this has proved to be a fairly frustrating experience. Oh, to be planning a trip in France or Germany!
My biggest shock was the cost of the Sleeper Train, only discovered after two days of playing with a non functioning website. For two of us to take the sleeper to Fort William it would have cost £370 which seems to me quite an increase. Rather than do that we shall travel up the day before and stay in a Glasgow hotel before trotting up to Mallaig next morning.
Given that this alternative arrangement is £150 cheaper than the sleeper I’m left wondering whether the service is long for this world. My mate Humphrey points out that we are still in the Grouse season but surely corporate shooters don’t travel by sleeper?
Anyhow, all arrangements are now made. Other than the hills themselves trip highlights should be the Old Forge (again), Curlew Cottage (just down the road from and an alternative to the Tomdoun Hotel — will report back, staying with Sue and Neil in Netwonmore, a possible breakfast with Cameron McNeish, an overnight with Paul and Helen at Walk Highlands and two fine days of mayhem with Humphrey and Mary in Berwick.
Recently, I’ve been quite miserable at the thought that I haven’t been out much but I realise that in a few weeks I will have been walking in the Highlands four times in twelve months, which is not bad at all from Birmingham.
Still, I’m now mentally in the hills. The long range forecast suggests that they are expecting me. The forecast? Rain, rain and more rain.