Words and images by Jenni
Being a Scottish lass born and bred, I feel I have not explored my homeland to it's full potential. For the risk of being soaked every time you leave the house here, I have always opted for the more sunnier shores of Europe when holidaying. However, with a little encouragement from the fiancée and the prospect of bringing the dog on holiday, we packed our waterproofs and headed for the Highland Hills for our summer vacation!
On day one we found ourselves in Arrochar slowly rambling over the rocks up the steep incline of Ben Arthur. With it's thick covering of luscious forestry we were too consumed by green to see any of the views. Although slightly overcast with a mix of (expected) sunshine and showers we enjoyed being on the look out for the native and rare red squirrel as bold birds of prey swooped over our heads.
After a good three hour climb......we made it to the top! Well almost!
Day Two found the three of us foraging through the nature trails in and around Ardgarten, Loch Long and the Crianlarich Community Wood with a quick trip up to The Falls of Falloch. On our journey home we realsied for a short fee we could have based jumped from the Falls....maybe for the best considering the weather and having old pup Pippy with us.
On day three the sun finally came out, so we jumped in the car and headed for the best view point at The Rest and Be Thankful. Spoiled for choice with mountains to climb we opted for Ben Donich, as it was recommended for the less experienced climber!
The mountain is so steep the incline is short- however you do feel it in your legs the day after. The views were spectacular and we could see for miles. When we reached the top we spotted wild sheep and in that moment, being predominantly a city gir, l I fell in love with our country and felt then I had really embraced and appreciated the real Scotland.