Day 12 Colonsay
DAY 12, 4th August - Colonsay
On the final day of Mark Beaumont’s Wild About Argyll adventure and he finished in style by fell running the 22 MacPhies on Colonsay. What an amazing 12 days!
Mark's final blog on his 12-day adventure is below:
The epic 12th and final day of the Wild About Argyll adventure and film was on Colonsay and Oronsay. Just over 100 people live permanently on these beautiful islands in the Inner Hebrides. And they are home to the 22 Macphie's - hills over 300 feet, where the challenge is to link them in a continuous 20 mile walk or run.
This challenge is made a tad tougher with timing the crossing to Oronsay when the tide is out, otherwise you may need to swim! The elite fell runner Jethro Lennox managed this feat in a staggering 3 hours and 56 minutes!
Phil Mestecky and I managed it in a more pedestrian 5 hours and 55 minutes. But I suspect Jethro didn't attempt this in August when the ferns and brambles are in places up to your arm pits!
This is a beautiful and seldom tried challenge, and until lots more people take on the Macphie's, it will remain as much an orienteering challenge, as an endurance challenge, as there is no main path.
But for your efforts, the rewards are huge, running across deserted beaches, along cliff tops, being cheered along by locals and the odd wild goat! Our time pressure came from trying to make it back to the airstrip in time to fly back to Oban on the same day - and so bringing to a close 12 amazing days of adventure sports in Argyll and the Isles. Huge thanks to Kevin Byrne and David & Sarah Hobhouse for being our local guides.