In August 2017 I am going to walk over 500 miles around the perimeter of the Scottish Highlands in a goal time of 30 days. I will be taking on the majority of this route alone, mostly wild camping and carrying my kit and my food on my back. My plan is to track the road route as closely as I can of the North Coast 500 starting and ending in Inverness. From what I can find and the people I have spoken to this route has never been completed on foot.
The NC500 is a scenic drive around the coast of the Scottish Highlands launched in 2015 and was billed as Scotland's answer to Route 66, a romantic notion I fell for hook, line and sinker. Since then it has become my pipe dream and something I revisit the idea of every time I start itching for an adventure. If it was something that already existed I may have embarked on this adventure already but until I started reading about a huge variety of female adventurers (try this article for a wee taster) I never would have dreamed of going it alone or that it was even possible. Even after reading about them it has taken me a while to get to this point where I am announcing my plans to the world. What finally got me to give in to my ambition was the realisation that all these women have one thing in common, they are just normal people that one day decided to do something out the ordinary. It is these women that have inspired me, they have powered me into this journey. I am Girl Powered and I want to inspire other women to #begirlpowered
I don't have it all planned out yet and I'm honestly very scared but if I don't give it shot then I'll never know if I could do it and surely that's worse than never trying something at all.
I'l be updating this blog as my planning and training progresses, if anyone has any suggestions or advice then please do get in touch.