Richard Long is a British Army veteran who is nine months in to the most extraordinary mission – to walk the entire coast of the British Isles, visiting every war memorial on the route and recording the names of the fallen in a book. Starting out in Penzance, he has already covered some 4,000 miles and has some 60,000 entries so far. He calculates that he has around 10,000 miles to go.
Now on his third set of boots, he took five days to circumnavigate Islay, sleeping in remote caves and foraging for food. He has been also been helped by some benefactors (thank you Fiona and Marion) and today heads for Jura, where he will face some of the wildest and most difficult coastal terrain in Britain. He intends to walk around the coast of every Scottish island on which there is a war memorial.
Richard (known as Stumpy to his friends), is raising funds for the charity ‘Combat Stress’. He would greatly appreciate your help with a donation at www.justgiving.com/rjl68
Our pictures show Richard at the distillery and at the memorial to the fallen of Kilchoman parish located at Port Ban which lies between the villages of Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte. Both communities suffered terrible losses during the Great War of 1914-18.