Ruth (left)

Dog loving Ruth Winterbourne is about to take "walkies" to a whole new level.

For while most folk might take their canine companion out for a short stroll each day this week Ruth intends to lead the way by covering nearly 50 miles from Dunvegan Castle right through to the Skye Bridge.

After four months of training Ruth is planning to set off at 6am on Thursday (Sept 1) and will walk 26 miles to the Moll Road end. Then, sore feet permitting, she will resume her charity challenge completing the 23 miles over the bridge to Kyle.

Ruth said: "Training over the last 4 months has gone really well so I am now going to do the walk in 2 days instead of the original planned 3 days.

"The main reason is to raise money for two charities very close to my heart, the first, Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and the second will be Three Counties Dog Rescue .

"The first because, any of you that know me will know I have a real love for staffies. My dear old staffie, Sumo, whom I lost just under a year ago showed me years of loyalty and friendship and in the right hands are one of the nicest dogs you could ever own. They are so mis-understood and far too many people have the wrong opinion of this breed.

"The second is a charity that my family have been involved with for many years since before I was born and on occasion I have ferried dogs from one foster home to another. Even though based in England a few dogs have been rehoused here on Skye and having a fantastic life.

Ruth from Upper Feorlig on Skye who will have husband Peter as support driver and be accompanied by Sonia Brennan, Maressa Munro and Gemma Gordon from Dunvegan, added: " Having this charity so close to home makes you realise how much of a struggle it is to help these poor homeless souls. As I would like to raise money for several charities these two I feel are a must on this occasion.

"I have spoken to a few friends asking to join me on my mission , but happy if any one else would like to join me as well, the more the merrier.

"I am also looking for any help for a support team on route etc, If any one reading this is interested in joining in and raising money for a charity close to their heart or supporting on route let me know."

If you want to support Ruth financial then you can go to her Just Giving page or to support the actual event contact her here