Cairngorm Squiggle 300kms – 11days August 2021

With Swift’s back bite now well healed, we set off on another adventure!

Couldn’t quite manage a full two weeks between work shifts so my planned circular route became a squiggle with a drop off and a pick up at the other end (I love my husband!).

Working our way from Straloch (near Kirkmichael) in the south west, up to a high point at Tomintoul then east to Edzell to finish at the Burn House.

Weather was generally in our favour apart from our arrival day in Tomintoul (when it absolutely chucked it down with rain). The midges at times were horrific though!! Can’t expect anything else I suppose doing a trek in August in Scotland.

Swift and Yogi were absolutely incredible – we tackled really tough trails. The most challenging I’ve ever attempted with steep rocky sections, bogs and tricky river crossings. Revisiting some trails I’d done before that I had thought to be difficult then -now looked like walks in the park. Amazing where practice, experience and building up the layers of teamwork can take you.

Met up with BBC Landward at Glen Derry for some filming so watch this space for when we might be on the TV 😁 They described Yogi and Swift as the best behaved horses they’d ever worked with (they were both really tired lol!).

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