Over 105KM in Eight Days, Owen Gosling completed his solo trek around the Island of Arran. The aim was to raise much needed funds for Age Concern by completing the first ever solo, self sufficient circumnavigation of The Island of Arran.
He says that in Great Britain 2.2 Million people aged over 75 are suffering from Chronic loneliness. Company is the one thing many take for granted and as we get older our circles of company will shrink. Age Concern looks to keep the fresh spirit flowing through the elderly in our community, bridging the gap of loneliness.
On the 15th of July 2019 Owen set off and documented his entire challenge around the Isle of Arran alone sharing the great sights and the topography through the Age Concern You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzc-8AYOnJDlbLoQhrjR-VQ
He did decide to go it alone in the attempt to encourage anyone of any age feeling lonely to get out there and get active. For this challenge he is aiming to raise £6K overall for Age Concern, So please if you have enjoyed this challenge
You can watch his intrepid journey in the following day to day clips but in the meantime please donate!
Day 1: The challenge begins with a long train journey up to Scotland and a ferry journey over to the Isle of Arran. Once I get to the island, its a coastal scramble to pitch the tent in a suitable location before the sun sets. Dinner is cooking and the night is closing in, but am I really ready to take on a challenge of this scale?
Day 2 kicks off with a large storm hitting the island. Watch as I attempt to climb the islands highest mountain, Goatfell, and descend the other side toward Sannox. Will I have to call off the climb due to the weather or will I be successful on this day of the challenge?
Day 3 gets of to a good pace, with an attack from the Midgies and a walk along the coastal path to the abandoned Laggen cottage. Then after a spot of lunch there was an exciting walk to a surprise location and then on to Lochranza where I set up camp for the night. Follow as I analyse this incredibly interesting and scientifically relevant corner of the island. Will I survive the scramble along the coast with my strength and spirit to succeed?
Day 4: A day of calm walking around the North west coast of the island… jeopardised by a disaster in the night. A storm destroys my tent and I must decide what to do. Do I call off the challenge? do I loan a tent from the locals? and do I manage to complete the rest of the days walk? or two days’ worth of walking?
Day 5: An amazing day of walking with some stunning weather! After a Brilliant night of sleep, I’ve started the walking day early to make the most of the day. I make my way along the South West coast toward Lagg Distillery where I investigate the history and art of the islands Gin Production. Then after a spot of lunch I set my sights on the Dykes of Kildonan in search of some pre-historic footprints! Will I find them? Will I succeed today?
Day 6: The Island has yet again Blessed me with a beautiful days weather. Due to the extra walking I completed on day 4, I now have a very short walk up the South East coast to The Giants Graves in Whiting bay. After investigating the Neolithic site disaster strikes and I must decide how to tackle this issue. Will the challenge have to be cancelled? Will the community yet again keep the challenge afloat? Will I have to continue further up the coast?
Day 7: The Last day of Walking on the island. How Exciting! I start this day with a storm on the horizon… my luck with the weather is now running out. I have a window of dry weather to get to Brodick and I press on to beat the weather. Along the way I find another Neolithic site a stunning path through the woodland and once we get to Brodick I investigate the Heritage centre and Brodick castle. Will I defy the Odds and complete the challenge with my spirit intact? Will I make it to Brodick before the weather closes in? will I get to see the sites I want to see?
Day 8: My last day on the Island has finally Arrived. I am Reluctant to leave after all the Amazing experiences I have had, and all the wonderful people I have met. I have spent the last week continuously walking on the adventure of a lifetime and now it is all coming to an end. Watch as I reflect on the week gone by and embark on my Journey back to Colchester and Age Concern. Thank you all so much for watching and supporting this Challenge and I hope that you Enjoy this final chapter.