So just back from about 12 days in Scotland. 4 Runs in 4 different places (should have been 5, but Stirling got cancelled. Staying half way up a mountain and ankle still not happy. Making it worse and being unable to drive would not have made me popular.)
Glasgow was the most embarrassing - see previous post. Also the flattest and tamest.
Oban was the not as planned - had identified a slightly boring but flat route. As I was leaving the B&B spotted a path out the back. Wonder where that goes? Half way up that hill over there was the answer. And so did I. Really steep, like even walking up it would get you out of puff. Lovely views but boy was it hard work!
Mull was the best. Did an 8K circuit and think I ran about 5K of that. Along a road with glimpses of the sea between little hills. Then turning away from the sea, over a gate and into rough pasture/moorland. Had to slow down a few times not to frighten sheep. Through some woods, got a bit lost, along a farm track past a standing stone and then walked back along the road. This was the route that made me realise I have muscles in my ankle I don't use a lot.
Taynuilt was the one where I had to drive to the start. Just no route that didn't involve walking on a fast, bendy road with no pavement. Decided to run on a forestry track. Started high above the loch, but found it ended down at water level. Lovely views but lots of slopey bits - up and down all the way. More up than down on the way back. Had to walk bits, but think I ran about 30 minutes in total. Quite a rough stoney track so although the ankle was fine at the start it wasn't so happy at the end. Raining as well, but at least that kept the midges away.
No idea how far I ran on any of them as even if I'd taken my phone there was no signal anywhere. Ran without music, just the views and the sound of my feet. Loved it.
Now back in north London where the routes and the views are much less interesting. So loved running in the wild, but not a lot of wild round here. Now to persuade partner she'd like to move to Scotland.....