At 15:52 on Monday July 24th I finally arrived at Dunscanby
The journey was 3481 miles over 216 days, with nearly
440,000 feet of ascent, that's over 15 times up Everest!
My journey started in March 2010 and was originally scheduled to be
completed by October 2010. However after successfully completing all the
counties of England and Wales; over 2,000 miles in 125 days, I ran out
of energy and was advised by my doctor to rest for at least 2 months.
I resumed in October to complete the Border Hills and hung up my boots
for the winter at Sanquhar in South West Scotland.
I can go no higher - the summit of Ben Nevis
I set off again in March 2011 hoping to arrive at John O'Groats later
that year. It was not to be, after completing Southern and Central
Scotland I headed north into the Highlands and on June 2nd I climbed the
high point of Argyllshire, Bidean nam Bian. On the descent I
slipped crossing a small burn, fell and hit a boulder in the water.
The journey came to an an abrupt halt the following day when a broken rib
was diagnosed. It took 3 months before I could pick up my rucksack
again, 6 weeks of complete rest to allow the bones to mend and another 6
weeks to build up my fitness levels again. At the end of August I set
off again via the highest point of the
journey, Ben Nevis, to the
Cairngorms, the Angus Hills and north to Boat of Garten where it was
time to hang up the boots again for the winter.
2012 proved to be a difficult year with family commitments and the wet
and windy weather conspiring to limit the days I could spend in
the hills (I had decided at the start of the year that I was going to enjoy and not endure the
wonderful Highland scenery). I managed to fit in 3
trips north to make my way over the high points of Nairnshire,
Ross-shire and Cromartyshire to reach Ullapool in September. The
last leg through Sutherland and Caithness was planned for October but a
family illness meant I had to postpone the finish into this
Originally I planned to visit Orkney and Shetland as an appendix
to the walk and cycle to their high points the following year. I have now
decided to continue on from John O'Groats, by bus and ferry to
complete the picture and add the remaining 2 counties of Britain to the list.