UPDATE ON DOUG KERR’S, 93 ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND CHALLENGE.
Plans for 2020
As many of you will be aware, veteran befriender Doug Kerr is currently embarking on a unique Scottish island hop, visiting all 93 of our inhabitated islands in order to climb their highest peak. As well as providing a personal challenge, Doug is also hoping that the three year long adventure will raise a substantial amount of money for three of his favourite charities – Mary’s Meals, Rotary International and Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project.
Starting this year with Scalpay on Skye (did not have time to do it 2 years ago when we tackled Sgurr Alisdair).
Will also do Eilean Tioram and Eilean Shona both of which are tidal islands on Loch Moidart. Will do these with David and Carol Archibald our good friends from Milton who have now moved to North Berwick. They came on my first outing to Cumbrae and Carol was a great help with my blog. David also flew me to Coll/Tiree. Going on Thurs 23rd April to Sun 26th April and staying at lovely villages of Plocton and Arisaig.
Next up is Outer Hebrides from Fri 5th June to Tues 12th June (to be back in time for 50th reunion of Agrics at Edinburgh Uni). I have 14 islands to do, including another Scalpay and will use the campervan which our co owners the Grays will have there-should have 2 days overlap for some hills and drinks! Ian & Joan from Milton may also join us and treat us all to some fine Sancerre wine-shades of Orkney!! Have also to fit in Isle of Ewe and Tanera Mor (in the summer isles near Ullapool.Should be great fun.
Taking the grand children to the 3 islands on Loch Lomond in the summer holidays. Have Inchfad,Inchtavannach and Inchmurrin. Should manage these in a day trip-have already contacted all 3 owners.
Still to fit in Moncrieffe Island on the Tay beside Perth. Already a lot of interest as the ‘hill’ is only 15ft high!! Even has a golf course.
Finally from 3rd to 6th Sept 2020 the Grand Finale -Arran with Goatfell and Holyprospect of a Ceilidh and being ‘piped’off to start Goatfell and Prosecco and canapes when we return seems to have caught peoples imagination. To date I have 64 confirmed suspects-includes most of the the people who have helped me along the way and planning has been made a lot easier by Hamish & Sue Biggar who have a house on the island and a lot of contacts Most of us are staying around Blackwaterfoot (using Shiskine village hall for Ceileidh) Can cope with more – I think!! – drop me an e-mail.
PS/ nearly at £10K target see Virgin Money page
You can follow Doug’s progress on www.93islandsofscotland.wordpress.com Meanwhile, he would be delighted if anyone would like to join him on any of the walks. If you are interested please contact him by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous updates on Doug’s 93 Island challenge can also be found on the below links: