This is my account of hiking in the Knoydart Penisula from Inverie to the Sourlies Bothy and the slight disaster hike it became. There was obviously lots more arguing, more yelped worries and panic (from me at least anyways) than mentioned, but just use your imagination. I’ve had several disastrous hikes, been lost many times before and wilderness before, but this is probably the best one so far, seeing as I was accompanied by my wife, Bronwyn.
The Knoydart Penisula is on the North-East coast of Scotland, not far from the Isle of Skye and is considered the last wilderness in Britain – nowhere else in the UK can you hike for 2 or 3 days and not see anyone else nor be disturbed by any roads or cars. There’s no mobile signal either, no phone boxes, nothing 😀
Access to the Knoydart is from a small village called Inverie, which you can only get to by hiking 27 miles cross-country or by taking a 45min ferry from the port of Mallaig. So why go to this place? Well, the original reason was the same as most people – to see what is claimed to be Britain’s most remote pub “The Old Forge“. Having visited “The Nutshell“, the smallest pub in Britain, in Bury-St-Edmonds and various other unusual pubs, Bronwyn thought I’d like to see this one too.
Back in December 2019 I signed up for the Loch Ness Marathon! it seems a long time ago now, but it was meant to be a surprise for my nephew-in-law, Dominic, whose words “I’d like to do that one” inspired me to do so. Anyways here we were at Loch Ness in October 2021 and allegedly all ready for the run – well I’d roughly followed my own trademark 3 month marathon training plan to do it anyway. Must admit I was not filled with confidence about this one, but we drove up to Loch Ness from London via a fine airBNB in Penrith. We arrived around 7:30pm Friday night in rain and pitch dark via a country back-road at the Forester’s Lodge B&B at Inverfarigaig, which is half-way down on the East side of Loch Ness…
Apparently my wife(Bronwyn), was getting tired of my request for chicken pie and mash potato every few evenings, so she requested that we challenge ourselves to eat a different dish for dinner every day for a month. I think she also wanted to improve and/or expand her cooking skills. The rules were simply that when together we must have a different dish every day for dinner. The only exception being if one of us were away from the house, then you’re allowed to eat what you like. As it was November 2020 with a Tier 4(which soon became a Tier 5) Lockdown in London and there weren’t any pubs, restaurants or entertainment venues legally open + both of us would be in the house most nights(aka trapped with no excuse or escape), so 1st December seemed like a good time to start this challenge.
Update: We made it to 4 months (March 31st) and now Bronwyn wants a month off for some chicken pie 😀
We managed to get through the first month without many problems, I did happen to be away for dinner a couple of nights(caring for my mother), so had Fish & Chips), but other than that it was quite fun and rewarding to try to think up and cook such a variety of meals. I then suggested we carry this on to make the challenge 3 months long, as that should be much more challenging, so we did.
Once we hit the 3 month barrier, I then wondered if there was some kind of World Record for this, but haven’t found the answer yet. Anyways we’ve decided to keep going and maybe try to travel the world – so far we’ve been to England, Scotland(Hogmanay), Wales(St.David’s Day), France, China, Japan, Korea, Israel, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, the Caribbean, . Any suggestions or comments are welcome 😀
Here are the meals we have eaten so far :
After seeing various Strava artwork such as last year’s 127km London Reindeer, decided to do my own! Most of these artworks seem to be done by cyclists(prob due to the distances involved to create the actual shapes), but I wanted to run it and somewhere local.
After scouring the local area on Google Maps for hour and not finding anything at all promising, finally came up with a random design! There’s some guy in Australia who has done a load of them, but I think that’s because his city(possibly Melbourne) is grid structured, so it’s a lot easier to draw with, whereas London streets are all over the shop! Anyways at first he was going to be a toucan, but ended up being a wizard 😀
Anyways, I call him “The Wizard” or the “Sutton Strava Sorcerer”! 😀 my wife says he looks like a Dementor from Harry Potter!
This is a fine and most nice tasting chickpea curry recipe. Invented this back in 2018 by modifying two recipes for chickpea curry from the BBC Good Food website – motivation was having an old tin of chickpeas in the cupboard and they are meant to be very healthy etc.
Cook time: about 45mins.
My sister draws pet portraits over at Paws To Pawtraits and her latest art-work is our cat Truffle! such a beautiful colour pet portrait of her that will go nicely on the wall, that’s what I thought anyway! Cool eh! 😀
Truffle is finished – A4 full colour pencil portrait. Really enjoyed drawing my brother’s cat.
Staying just within government social distancing and travel regulations, on July 4th 2020 I went on a special rail tour of Scunthorpe British Steel works with my friend Paul (whom had arranged the rail tour). The schedule was up at 6:20am, breakfast, out the door around 7am and back at 2:59am! Quite a packed full day, featuring Skegness, Scunthorpe, walking the Humber Bridge, fish & chips in Grimsby and Lincoln Cathedral and Castle!
So, violently Destroying 1000+ small businesses, mostly owned by local black ppl is about “justice” and will really help the black community in those deprived areas?! Then there’s Apple, the company that actively helped the Chinese communist govt suppress Hong Kong democracy protestors just months ago, putting “F*** the Police” on their main playlist to really help things, as they know about “justice”, right! LOL
Something else to really object to is the media hiding last year’s stats(click here for link) that show 99% of black AND white cops are good guys and shows :
“The race of a police officer DOES NOT predict the race of the citizen shot. In other words, black officers were just as likely to shoot black citizens as white officers were“
On a random outing to Shoreditch last year, I was given a packet of Schwarz Peruvian Street Food spice mix! Finally decided to use it last night and here is the result – Peruvian Chicken with chilli rice & potato chip slices. It turned out to be remarkably tasty and good food.