The Route


The journey covered the Atlantic coasts of the Northern Isles, Western Isles, mainland Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. I deliberately left the precise itinerary unplanned in order to allow diversions to ocean-bound rocks whenever seas were flat.

_DSC8791-5.jpgTo help make sense of Britain’s Atlantic heritage, the journey did include several stretches of coast – such as Sutherland and North Wales – that aren’t, strictly speaking, Atlantic shores but are part of the geophysical, climatic and cultural Atlantic edge.

Here’s the rough itinerary:

  1. Shetland
  2. Orkney
  3. Lewis, Harris, Uist, Barra
  4. Cape Wrath to Ullapool
  5. Ullapool to Shieldaig (mountain crossings on foot & by packraft)
  6. Skye & the Small Isles
  7. The Islands of Argyll & Ulster
  8. Connacht
  9. Munster
  10. The Welsh Coast
  11. Cornwall & the Scillies

The book includes detailed maps of all these sections, such as this map of the Orkney journey:

Orkney jpeg