Sunday, 3 July 2011
The 2011 Challenge, day 9: Cairngorm Lodge to Tomintoul (12)
Tomintoul is the highest village in Scotland, and in Britain. It was dismal and wet when I arrived, and I walked the length of the village to the Youth Hostel (pictured). There were two or three other Challengers there including Elizabeth Murphy, and a gentleman who was particularly pleased to renew his acquaintance with me - David Boyd. David was the first-timer whom I had accompanied over Mount Keen in 2006, and was now making his third crossing.
I had rubbed an intrigueing blister on the upper inside face of my right big toe. It did not interfere with my walking in any way; but I thought that it would be prudent to drain it. So I borrowed a needle for the purpose, I did some laundry, and David and I went to supper at the Clock House restaurant which was as wonderful as ever.