Friday 29th April 2016 – 1068.70 miles
Left a bit later this morning at 7.30am.
An uphill climb out of Dingwall along a reasonably quiet road.
Lovely views back towards the town and across the Firth of Cromarty to the Black Isles in the distance.
Although we had plenty of sunshine, the wind was quite cold so we were well wrapped up.
We had a good view of the bridge carrying the main A9 road as it snaked across the Firth of Cromarty. We stopped at Evanton for a long break at the Balconie Inn.
A lovely pub and very friendly and welcoming. Marta served us (she was lovely) and we were shown where the plug sockets were so that we could charge our phones too. We decided to stay for lunch so we shared chips, a side salad and garlic bread.
We enjoyed our relaxing break but needed to move on so we said our goodbyes to Marta.
Just as we left the pub a lady crossed the road from her house opposite and handed me a donation. Her name is Di – thanks Di. She was with Donald Mackenzie who we met yesterday in the coffee bar at Planet Ocean Aquatics. It was good to see you again.
We then popped into the Co-op to buy some bread for our sandwiches tomorrow and carried on towards Alness. We followed cycle route 1 for a couple of miles. We could see Invergordon in the distance and oil platforms too.
We crossed the bridge and saw someone coming up the path from a cottage. Her name was Wendy and we asked if she could fill our water bottles and, to cut a long story short, we camped in her garden! Her husband Tim was able to supply Dave with some copper wire to make a temporary repair on our gas stove. We were made so welcome – and Wendy gave us a Magnum ice cream for pud too. After supper we were invited in for a chat. Tim got his maps out and, over a beer for Dave and some wine for me, we talked about our planned walk for the next few days. Tim and Wendy have loads of local knowledge so we were able to “pick their brains” as to the best places to look for a place to camp. We had a lovely evening – thanks Tim and Wendy.