Day 15

Day 15 Mintlaw Station to Keith Inch

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Thursday 25th May

Day 15

18km

30m ascent

Formartine and Buchan Way

Formartine and Buchan Way
A bright sunny morning and another dry start saw me back on the old railway line heading for the finish. The walk varied from leafy glades and deep cuttings to elevated sections with extensive views of the surrounding farmland but no sight of the North Sea, only the legs of an oil rig in the distance told me I must be getting closer. Approaching Peterhead the track suddenly became a tarmac path through a housing estate until it finished at a petrol filling station and supermarket.

Formartine and Buchan Way

Formartine and Buchan Way
I now had to find the sea which I managed by heading north and then followed the coast round to Keith Inch where I worked my way through the oil industry equipment to the rocks at the easternmost point of Scotland.

Formartine and Buchan Way arrives at Peterhead

The North Sea at last!
I was contemplating the difference between the industrial scene here with the wild emptyness of Ardnamurchan point when just in front of me sunning themselves on the rocks were a mother and baby seal, mum dived into the sea when she saw me but baby just lay there growling as I took photographs, a most delightful finish to a very enjoyable crossing.

Keith Inch sign

 Keith Inch oil rig depot (contrast with Ardnamurchan!)
An easy journey by bus to Aberdeen and train to Montrose brought me to the Park Hotel to sign out and meet all the Challengers gathering there for the celebrations. It was a very enjoyable night and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who make this event so special, particularly Roger Smith, all the vetters, and everyone else involved not forgetting the participants themselves, I think we all retired to our beds that night tired and happy, I know I did.

Keith Inch

Seal pup

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