Thursday, 7 July 2011

Scotland Update

Following our previous blog about walking the West Highland Way and hiking up Ben Nevis, we have now booked our final bits and pieces.

Although Ben was very keen to carrying all of our own gear, I wanted to be broken in gently to multi-day walking holidays, and seeing as we are not camping and doing the whole walk so therefore not doing it ‘properly’ anyway I opted for us to use one of the baggage carrying services. Travel-lite-UK have been in operation for 16 years and at £20 for the 3 stages, I think it’s going to be worth the money!

We have also finally booked our Ben Nevis guide. We are going with Great Glen Adventures which is run by Liz, an ex-Exodus Guide I’m pretty sure we are in safe hands and looking forward to walking up the highest mountain in Britain!

Finally, we have decided to hire a car when we get back down to Glasgow and got a great deal though Holiday Autos and even better they changed our booking for free when we booked Prestwick Airport, instead of Glasgow International. Apparently there are 2 airports in Glasgow and Prestwick is about 35 miles away on the West Coast- oops!

We also had quite a big spending spree last week and hit the outdoor shops for supplies. Emergency shelter bags, whistle and midge head nets were among the heaps of items purchased, hopefully we won’t have to use any, although I don’t think we’ll get away without using the midge nets!

So with only 2 weeks to go until we fly to the UK and a few days more until we arrive in Scotland we’re getting very excited, especially as Visit Scotland seem to be constantly advertising on TV at the moment, I just know that the tune will be stuck in my head for the walk. Sarah is also a little worried as the blister she gained during the ITEX on her little toe is still painful to walk on, hopefully it will heal soon! 

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