Vix Big Walk – Scottish Update


It’s getting close now!   I hope, whether you join us for a few miles or the whole journey from Skye to the Beatson Cancer Centre, finishing at Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow, you are getting in some training and breaking-in those walking boots!
The following information gives details of where each day’s walk will start and finish, suggested meeting places for the occasional spot of evening refreshment, together with some more accurate mileages.  I shall, whenever possible, be camping wild to keep costs down so it will be up to you to sort out your own accommodation – don’t leave it too late, as it will be Easter holiday time.
Do let me or Vicky know if you plan to join us on any stage of the walk so that we can look out for you at the start of each day.  I can be contacted on home phone: 01470 532353 or my mobile: 07745 917349.
The grand departure will be from Portree Hospital at 9.30am on Saturday 16th April where we will be piped through the village to set us on our way to Sligachan via Glamaig Cottage Garden at Peinechorran.  Before you set off, though, make sure you have got plenty of sponsors and have given them details of the ‘justgiving’ website where they can make their donation to our cancer related charities.

See you on the walk!


Day 1 16.04.11    Start 9.30am from Portree Hospital.
      Finish Sligachan Campsite.
      11 miles – mainly quiet road.
      Evening refreshment at Sligachan Hotel.
Day 2 17.04.11   Start 9.00am from Sligachan Hotel.
      Finish Broadford Post Office.
      16 miles – half tough and rough, half quiet road.
      Evening refreshment at Broadford Hote
Day 3 18.04.11   Start 9.00am from Broadford Post Office.
      Finish Glenelg Post Office and Shop.
      13 miles – road, ferry and footpath.
      Evening refreshment at Glenelg Inn.
Day 4 19.04.11   Start 8.30am from Glenelg Post Office.
      (but let me know in advance if your joining me as not staying in the village)
      Finish Kinlochhourn.
      18 miles – quiet road and rugged path.
      Evening refreshment doubtful.  B.Y.O!
Day 5 20.04.11   Start 9.30 am from Kinlochhourn.
      Finish Tomdoun Hotel
      16 miles – quiet road.
      Evening refreshment at Tomdoun Hotel
Day 6 21.04.11   Start 9.00am from Tomdoun Hotel.
      Finish Laggan Locks.
      16 miles – road, rugged path and forestry track.
      Evening refreshment on ‘The Eagle’ floating pub!
Day 7 22.04.11   Start 9.00am from Laggan Locks.
      Finish Gairlochy.
      13 miles – forestry track and road.
      Evening refreshment… time for an early night!
Day 8 23.04.11   Start 9.30am from Gairlochy – road bridge over canal.
      Finish Glen Nevis camp site, Fort William.
      (ask at reception for the location of the Galbraith pitch)
      11miles – tow path and road.
      Evening refreshment … too many to choose from. 
      (Call my mobile to check details)
Day 9 24.04.11   Start 9.00am from Fort William Railway Station.
      Finish at the Ice Climbing Wall, Kinlochleven.
      14miles – forest track, foot path and road.
      Evening refreshment – the Bothan Bar at the Ice Wall.
Day 10 25.04.11   Start 9.30am from Kinlochleven Ice Wall.
      Finish at Kingshouse Hotel.
      8 miles – mountain footpaths.
      Evening refreshment at Kingshouse Hotel Bar. 
Day 11 26.04.11   Start 9.30am from Kingshouse Hotel.
      Finish at Bridge of Orchy Hotel.
      13 miles – footpaths and some quiet road.
      Evening refreshment at Bridge of Orchy Hotel. 
Day 12 27.04.11    Start 9.30am from Bridge of Orchy Hotel.
      Finish at Crainlarich Hotel.
      12 miles – footpaths.
      Evening refreshment at Crainlarich Hotel.
Day 13 28.04.11   Start 10.00am from Crainlarich Railway Station.
      Finish at The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan.
      7 miles – footpaths.
      Evening refreshment at The Drovers
Day 14 29.04.11   Start 9.00am from Gateway to Beinglass Farm Campsite.
      Finish at Rowardennan Hotel.
      14 miles – footpaths.
      Evening refreshment at Rowardennan Hotel.
Day 15 30.04.11   Start 9.00am from Rowardennan Hotel.
      Finish at Drymen Village Square.
      15 miles – footpaths.
      Evening refreshment at The Clachan Inn.
Day 16 01.05.11   Start 9.30am from Drymen Village Square.
      Finish at Milngavie Railway Station.
      12 miles – road and forest track.
      Evening refreshment at The Fintry Inn, Fintry.
      (About seven miles away. Call me for details of transport/accommodation.)
Day 17 02.05.11   Start 10.00am from Milngavie Railway Station.
      First Finish: Beatson Cancer Centre, Gartnavel Hospital.
      6 miles – Riverside footpath and road.
      Second Finish: Maggie’s Centre (10 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow)
      An additional 11/2 miles on urban pavement.
      Evening refreshment in a nice warm bath at home! 

3 thoughts on “Vix Big Walk – Scottish Update

  1. Hi Vicky,
    Me, Harry and George are going to head north and join you for a day on the walk, probably Easter Saturday or Sunday.
    We’re just sorting out accomodation and travel.
    Can’t wait to see you, it’s been too long.
    Love and hugs, Clare x

  2. WMac- I am so in awe of your walking trip! I wish I could join in but think I’ll use my funds to make a contribution through the NOVA WRFC cancer fundraiser this weekend instead. Have a truly fabulous walk. Always, BeerSoda

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