After three and a half years and approximately 200 miles of walking, I (Becky Williamson) have finished my walk round Islayâ€™s coastline. I completed the final stretch (Glen Astle to Kintra) on 29th April and decided Iâ€™d left the best till last! The weather helped, admittedly, but so did the fantastic views of Golden Eagle on the cliffs of The Oa, the incessant song of the Skylark high above my head and the sound of the crashing waves far beneath my feet. Having walked the entire coastline of the island - around 130 miles (the other 70 is accounted for by a number of necessary â€˜there and backâ€™ walks) â€“ I am convinced that Islayâ€™s coastal scenery rivals any in the British Isles. Yes, I may have taken my time, but Iâ€™ve soaked up more by taking it slowly and Iâ€™ve nearly enjoyed every minute!
As a grand finale I invited several folk who had taken part in my walk to join me in a ceremonial crossing of the River Laggan on 6th May. (It was extra ceremonial because it happened to be a big (ish) birthday for me). It was supposed to take place at the riverâ€™s mouth, but the tide was too high, so we cheated; I crossed the ropey swing bridge alone â€“ and I can honestly say it was the scariest part of the entire walk! I would like to thank all those who have provided transport to and from locations, those who have walked with me and those who have sponsored me throughout the walk. Continue reading.....Whilst I have enjoyed my walk, I have been saddened and angered by the amount of debris on our beautiful beaches. Re-jig does a valuable work, but it canâ€™t possibly do it all. If you havenâ€™t already done so, please consider sponsoring me to raise funds for The Marine Conservation Society which seeks to protect our fragile coastal environment. Read more about my walk on www.islayscoastline.blogspot.com or sponsor me on www.justgiving.com/joiningupthecoastline.
Coastal Walk Calendar:
Becky has produced a 2009 calendar featuring beautiful photos from her coastal walk. The calendars are Â£8 each and Â£2 from the sale of each one goes towards the work of the Marine Conservation Society. More information about the calendar is available on www.beckydrewpictures.co.uk in the Gallery or you can contact Becky by email.