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United Kingdom : Scotland

2.7 km (1.7 miles) NW of Backies, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom
Approx. altitude: 123 m (403 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 58°S 176°E

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
Quality: good

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS Reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: The Nearby Creek #10: Dunrobin Castle

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  58°N 4°W (visit #17)  

#1: The Confluence from 15 m Distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

27-Aug-2020 -- The story continues from 57°N 4°W.

We reached this confluence point on hiking-day #69 on our leg from Dornoch to Helmsdale. The total hike was 72 days and 2466 km on foot starting in Zurich, Switzerland. A summary of the trip can be found here.

The confluence is located 4 km north of Golspie. When we came through this little coastal town, I had a desire to give this confluence point a visit. But this would have added another 8 km on our anyway long hiking day (40 km). So I did take an unusual step and took a taxi (cab) to the confluence point, starting at the central Café Bothy in Golspie. An elderly taxi driver took me within 400 m to the confluence, where he parked and waited for me while I was running down the river to take the pictures of the confluence point.

Ten minutes later I was back – unfortunately with wet shoes. Another 10 minutes later I was back on the hike. At Dunrobin Castle, I caught up with my hiking companion Elionora.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to a road: 400 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the Golspie: 20 minutes
  • Time at the CP: 11:19 AM
  • Measured height: 118 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 2 m
  • Topography: hilly – at the bottom of a valley
  • Vegetation: high grass
  • Weather: rainy and overcast, 11° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Wet Valley Taxi Hike Confluence

The story finishes here.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 15 m Distance
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: The Nearby Creek
#10: Dunrobin Castle
ALL: All pictures on one page