6684 Miles To Go

August 21, 2023

Have you ever thought of taking on a new challenge? Members of Currie, Balerno and District Round table have done just that - they’re aiming to walk the entire 6700 mile coastline of Scotland. A merry band of five walkers started the first leg in Berwick upon Tweed - in heavy rain. Undeterred, they were soon across the Scottish border and the sun was with them. Along the route they were hydrated at the First and Last Inn at Burnmouth and refuelled with fish and chips at Eyemouth. The end point was St Abbs where they’d covered 16 miles. Put another way, that’s 0.2% of the total distance, and it leaves 6684 miles to go! The next leg will be on Sunday 3rd September from St Abbs to Cockburnspath. A stop is planned at Siccar Point, one of Scotland’s most significant geological sites, where there is the promise of a poem from Ross Henderson. More to follow on that next month. (No pressure Ross…).

Looking ahead up the coast, the plan is to continue to Aberdeen with day walks, then plan longer multi-day trips beyond. It’s a daunting challenge, but we see it as a team effort - so long as we’re continuing the walk, people can dip in and out as they like. Who knows how long it will take to reach Gretna, but it’s a good reason to go walking in the outdoors with friends. So far so good… Please do get in touch if you’re interested in joining us along the way. We’re always keen to welcome new members.

By Alasdair Gordon