Mark Walks LEJOG Day 61 – Alness to Tain

Hullo. How are you? I hope you are having a good day. I’m Mark and I’m walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats…

I headed off from Alness in yet more glorious Highland weather. A short walk through the small town started the day and I was very soon in countryside.

This section of the John O’Groats Trail is a mix of country lanes and woodland paths along 13 easy miles.

With the weather being so fine this morning, much of the woodland walk put me in mind of walking in Portugal, with the forest floor covered in pine needles and cones.

The cover of the trees was welcome as the temperature continued to rise.

I met a man walking the opposite direction and we stopped to chat for quite a while. He told me about his walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, which he completed over the course of 15 years, following the British coast line, which is a very long walk. He was now making his way back to Land’s End down the east coast. I love these sorts of personal adventures and it was pleasure to hear of his.

This region of the Highlands is coastal and low lying, ideal for the farming industry that dominates the area.

The forest sections of today’s walk were beautiful and calm, particularly as I appeared to have the entire forest to myself.

The last stretch of the walk was along a country lane to the edge of Tain.

And then it was an easy wander through some nice neighbourhoods into the town centre, which is replete with some interesting architecture and testaments to a prosperous past.

I pottered around Tain town for a little while and explored its fine main street, which was busy with locals and a smattering of tourists.


The Day 61 Vlog


Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

As I walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I am hoping to raise £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support, who do such a wonderful job of supporting families through the most difficult times. If you are able to spare any amount and would like to donate to MacMillan, please do so through my Just Giving Page.


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