After our huge mountaineering adventure – which you can read all about in part 1 – we discovered the more humbling parts of rural Scotland.
We found ourselves in numerous pubs – even one that turned out to be a hidden, underground, local tavern (judging by the looks we got from the vivid characters there).
It was where the barman shared a pint with the patrons, and a head-shy, scruffy dog with a brand new multi-coloured collar wandered around.
I named the dog Wally.
Their manes were so heavy that every time I pushed it out of their faces, it would plop back down over their eyes.
I can understand how these animals can withstand the harsh conditions that the highlands must endure. They are so hardy – they’re 100% hair.
We visited the Commando Memorial, a 17-foot-high bronze statue of three commandos looking toward Ben Nevis. It was unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1952, in memory of those who fought in World War Two. It was certainly humbling being surrounded by snowy mountains, in such a historic and meaningful place.
We went for a long, long drive toward Loch Ness. We passed through a village of vacant shops. It was a little bit creepy. We kept going, and going for hours until our food supplies ran low. The signs for Loch Ness became few, and the tourists were no where to be seen.
To our right, we saw a giant lake, figured it was probably part of Loch Ness – and the best view we’d be able to get of it without tourists taking photos on iPads in front of us. So we contently turned around, and drove back into Fort William.We stocked up on sandwiches and chocolate milk, and found a pleasant country road to park up and eat. We had a view of sheep, barren hills and snow-topped mountains – including the one we climbed.
Certainly a serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to hear your thoughts.
- Big thank you to Reece for taking some fancy pants photos in the highlands.