On September 23 we will be taking a train up to Dundee, Scotland, where we will be picked up by a representative from Glentrek, a company specializing in walking tours around Scotland. They will drive us to a B&B at the start of the Cateran Trail. Our next five days will be spent walking the 103 kilometre (60 mile) trail, which is described as running through three main types of habitat: farmland and river valleys, woodland, and heath and moorland. Glentrek transports our luggage from village to village along the way, dropping it off at each night's B&B which they have kindly booked in advance for us.
After the Cateran Trail, and assuming our legs are still able to support us, we will be going to Edinburgh for a couple of days. There is to be an added attraction in Edinburgh, one that most tourists miss out on completely. I am going to have lunch with Jean, the well-known Scottish knitting blogger. Never mind Edinburgh Castle or the Royal Mile. Finally getting to meet Jean in person will definitely be the highlight of my time in this Scottish city.
After Edinburgh we take the train back to London. Kath will be flying back to her home in Idaho but I will be continuing my adventures. I fly to Luxembourg, where I will spend a few days with some wonderful friends that I have not seen in over a decade. Then I fly back to London where I will spend a few days with some dear friends there. October 8 I return to Kamloops, just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving.
Sorry if this reads like an itinerary. In some ways I guess it is. My hope is that I will be able to blog frequently while I am away. I won't promise a post every day, but you never know! A lot depends on Internet connections. I am hoping to be able to buy a SIM card for my iPad once I get there, but I have been told connections in rural Scotland will be spotty. And I was also told that only some of our B&Bs will have wi-fi. Figuring it out will just be part of the adventure!
Adventures are tricky things. I am hoping for some excitement, but it must be the right kind of excitement. For instance, if I unexpectedly spot Queen Elizabeth while I am walking down the street in London that would qualify as the right kind of excitement. However, if the ATM machine at Heathrow eats my debit card when I arrive that would be the wrong kind of excitement. Lost luggage, food poisoning and train wrecks would also fall into this latter category.
One final thing. Remember my traveling sweater? In the end I decided I just could not live with the two different colours, so I ripped it out and reknit the offending section. I am so glad I did. I love the finished product. What would make this sweater even more perfect would be if the weather was so lovely in Scotland that I didn't even need to wear it!