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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Parked up, awaiting boarding, the Isle of Arran is moored in the side being repaired. Our ferry not here yet.

    Good to be back in Scotland and looking fwd, after a long hiatus, to a Calmac sailing!

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Cheers DM, i have been there brfore years ago, i agree on the chintzy comment, golf is quite big too there...More reasons to bugger off up the hills!

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  • slackster
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    Just back from some time visiting the mum-in-law down near Tenby (which these days turns into a stag & hen hellhole on weekend nights), and did 3 day walks along southerly sections of the Pembs Coast Path. I’ve walked the whole thing before, but it’s my favourite bit of visited coastline in the UK. Was dawdling, mind, and never did more than 10 miles per day.

    My summer local path challenge is the High Weald Landscape Trail. Again, being done sectionally as day walks, and have 3 more western-end sections to tick off before the clocks go back.

    And off to Marrakech tomorrow for the first time, where we’ll also be doing a couple of days walking in the nearby Atlas Mountains with overnight stops in berber guesthouses. That’ll be with a local guide and small group, mind.

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  • delicatemoth
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    Heh, have a great time MS. Be prepared for the fact that, while Arran is gorgeous and friendly like other Scottish islands I've been to, it's also rather, um, chintzy. Defo the Dorset of Scotland (this includes the coastal walking being great).

    Regarding footwear I'm firmly in the trainers camp for non-winter conditions. Used to use Innov8s then Montrail, both did a fine job. I found boots with liners to be pretty useless, but waterproof socks on the other hand are good.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    No worries, got lucky, my sailing is not cancelled!

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  • Paul S
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    The MV Isle of Arran failed its sea trials overnight and there are more cancellations today. Good luck with getting onto Arran, especially with a car.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    I have checked Calmac, there are cancellations of some services up until tomorrow but not all. The ship repair is complete, she should be back in service by end of the week. Booked today, for csr and it went through. I think i should make it but thanks for the heads-up, keeping an eye on it!

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  • Paul S
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    If you're a foot passenger you'll be OK, but if you are a taking a car, you're screwed.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Eeek! I was perusing walk reports earlier, got two hikes sorted, kinear ones, both with a good scramble to play with. Also noted the top of Goatfell is amenable to a tent pitch...

    The forecast looks rather good too...

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  • Paul S
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    Have fun on the Isle of Arran MS and enjoy the glaciation, push moraine everywhere if I remember my geography lessons correctly. However, be prepared for delays on getting to the island as live ships map shows the MV Isle of Arran is still in dry dock at Gourock.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Well, I'll be spending next week on the Isle of Arran, very much looking forward to have fun on Goat Fell as it happens!

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  • Gangster Octopus
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    See if you can spot the light vessel.

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  • Paul S
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    Southend Mull of Kintyre is nothing like Southend Essex, that is all I will say about today. Machrihanish tomorrow and the end. I've always wanted to visit Machrihanish as I have an interest in old mining and the Campbeltown coalfield has fascinated me for years. I hope to find some old mining remains somwhere, maybe a bricked up entry to the old drift, a slag heap, coal heap, anything really.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    There you are, missus seemed to think it was not readily available in the UK....

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  • hobbes
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    Cavlon is available on Amazon.

    UA, SB if you want some compeed put in the post you only need ask.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    If you can get your hands on a cream called Cavilon (it's not freely available, used in hospitals for immobile patients to prevent bed sores) it does work well to prevent blisters.

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  • Paul S
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    Site:Thanks for asking but the feet were a bit wet today.

    I walked from Taylinoan to Carradale today. In Carradale I found the shop I had intended to get a re-supply from had closed down two weeks ago. I had lunch in a local pub and was advised Campbeltown is the only option to buy food. I used booking.com to find a place to stay but after scrolling through the 150-180 a night hotels I found a place to stay. Bad news it was 13 miles from Campbeltown, good news it is in Carradale where I am right now. Tomorrow I will get the bus and miss out a section, I can't walk without food.

    In other bad news the MV Isle of Arran is stuck in dry dock. It went in for emergency propeller repairs but is now stuck behind another vessel which is booked in for scheduled maintenance and CalMac don't know when they will get it back. This means they don't know whether this weekends Campbeltown - Ardrossan sailing will run of not. Have a look at the latest status on their website for a bit of a giggle as they try to explain what's happened without really saying it.

    I am now booked on Fridays Campbeltown - Glasgow flight with Loganair. If all CalMac sailings are cool, are Loganair flights really, really cool?

    <clutching at straws>

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  • ursus arctos
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    I must be afflicted with the same thing, as I have the same sense vis-a-vis the Continental version.
    Last edited by ursus arctos; 27-08-2018, 16:04.

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  • San Bernardhinault
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    Once I've got blisters, I find that Compeed is a spectacularly good product. But I feel like (and I can't tell if this is all in my head) the US version is way less sticky - and therefore less good - than the stuff I used to get in Britain.

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  • The-Reverend
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    Soaking feet in White Spirit or urine also hardens skin to prevent blisters, if have blisters pop them with heated needle, cleanse with antiseptic and pop on a compeed plaster.

    Worked for me.

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  • caja-dglh
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    Liberal application of glide helps as well. On occasion I have used KT tape for key spots that get problems (for me, strangely, the inside at the arch).

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  • San Bernardhinault
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    I last wore hiking boots about 10 years ago. When I last moved house I realised that they were basically unused and threw them out. I've moved to trail runners, mostly. I do have a pair of very clompy Merrells hiking shoes for snowy conditions, otherwise I'm in Saucony Peregrines at the moment and find them to be very, very good.

    What I find key for reducing blisters (other than sensible pacing and not bombing down hills) is having really good socks (and sock liners), and replacing the inserts in the shoe with something more solid and more specific to my feet.

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  • Sits
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    How are Paul's feet today I wonder?

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Blisters...good venting, good socks, shoes that fit well prevent them for a while but ultimately, they are inevitable as UA says...

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  • ursus arctos
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    Was going to suggest that MS is our in house expert on hiking footwear, but see he has already come through.

    In a similar vein, I have been very happy with Merrell’s Moab line, which are slightly heavier than a trail runner (while still saving pounds over my traditional boots) but provide better support for my problematic feet. They also have an ankle height version if one is prone to turning ankles.

    As to blisters, I was raised to see them as inevitable, but believe that good fitting shoes are the best tool to minimize them. If you are planning a serious walk, I would definitely recommend getting fitted by a reliable purveyor.

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