Mark Walks LEJOG Day 67 – Dunbeath to Lybster

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…

After a fantastic night in my pod (from The Bay Dunbeath – highly recommended), I set off in the light morning rain along Dunbeath harbour and into the cliff tops. The view across the Dunbeath Castle gave an indication of the weather on its way.

But for the moment, the rain was no issue and the viability was ok, giving good views of the rock formations and the clear blue waters.

I walked along the cliffs a short while and the very heavy rain that had been making its way across the bay arrived and set in for a fair bit. As the rain increased, visibility dropped to around 30 or 40 feet, which put a stop to any photography for a while!

As I walked through the mist, my total ascent for the trip went over the three Everests mark. Another feel good milestone.

Much of the footpath along this stretch is at the very edge of the cliff tops and is often only one or two feet wide – and, in several places, doesn’t exist at all; the path having fallen into the sea making it necessary to step over the gaps.

The rain started to wane and the sky became less heavy, giving great views once more.

After the remains of Forse Castle, the path descends sharply into a bay.

The walk down into the bay offers striking views of the cliff edge behind.

Following some pottering around the ruins in the bay, I climbed back out and onto the cliffs again. This time, the path is further back and the walk to Lybster Bay is easy going. The view point looking out to sea is well known here for whale spotting, but alas alas I did not spy any today.

The bay provides cover for the fishing harbour, which sits beautifully beneath Lybster, with its handsome little lighthouse.

From here, a good gravel path leads into the harbour and to the bridge crossing Reisgill Burn, which arrives at the sea in a series of waterfalls.

A quiet road rises up the other side of the harbour and into the linear village of Lybster.

The Day 67 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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