Five boats, four trains, ten buses, five islands, one woman, one dog, and a lot of walking. Bonnie and I are planning a journey together across the Western Isles of Scotland- setting off from Constitution Street, Leith, at the start of June, and returning home again before midsummer on 21 June.
Edinburgh – Glasgow- Oban- Barra- Eriskay- South Uist- Benbecula- North Uist- Harris- Lewis- Tarbert- Skye- Mallaig- Glasgow- Edinburgh
Each day, we want to invite other people and their dogs to take us on a favourite walk and share a good story or song. This is where your help is needed. If you or someone you know is on our route, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or @jemma_tweets and we’ll come and find you. Recommendations too, please, for dog-friendly accommodation.
I will be visiting art and community centres along the way for work, and we will pause for beach time in North Uist.
Paws up! Bons here. I’m getting a little grey behind the ears and I reckon it’s time that this scamp from the city saw more of the world. Word in the park is that the Isle of Harris has some of the best white, sandy beaches and mountains in the world.
It was somewhere on the familiar walk from Leith Links park to Portobello beach – that stretch of roadside where you can smell the burning bodies of the crematorium on the right and the churning shit of the sewage factory on the left; all swirling together in a great stinking North Sea haar – that I thought, I can do better than this. I gave a cheeky wink to the Seafield Dog Home and my old staffie makers, and changed direction.
So fellow pooches and your humans, pack your lead and join us for a dander. If you’re small, dark and handsome, all the better. Best paw forward… Bx
another swept glen,
more roadside wildflowers
breezing through their season
and round the next bend
– lo! another sea-loch
shot with nets of aquamarine…
Highland Sketch by Kathleen Jamie in ‘The Overhaul’