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A Scottish adventure in three parts - May 2015

Posted by Emma Hughes on

We took a trip to Scotland this May to visit friends, explore new places and track down red squirrels. Our trip started in Glasgow where we had arranged to meet the team from Trakke on our way north for an overnight excursion not far from their workshop. We had no idea what lay ahead but having camped in a yurt in the woods with Trakke founder, Alec earlier in the year and been inspired by his enthusiasm for adventure we knew it was going to be good. A hidden secret gorge, a mysterious geological phenomenon created by the devil, late evening loch side wandering and a night spent in a forest bothy with other weary travellers did not disappoint. We left the next day with our appetite for adventure satisfied and looking forward to the next time we meet.

The Devil's Pulpit

Trakke team hiking

Around Loch Lomand

Warming boots in a bothy

Morning coffee at by the side of Loch Lomond

After our overnight adventure with Trakke, we headed north from Glasgow to Glen Affric; famed for containing one of the largest remnants of the Caledonian Forest which would of covered much of Scotland nearly 10,000 years ago. We went in search of ancient pines, mountain paths, perilous river crossings and native creatures. We were not disappointed.

Pathway in Glen Affric

Jumping rivers

More jumping rivers

Glen Affric Landscape

Red Deer

Post hike coffee in a Polaris Cup

For the last part of our trip, we headed to the Cairngorm National Park, an area we have visited before but where there was still much adventuring to be done. We packed our rucksacks and headed into the Rothimurchus forest to find a place to pitch our tent for the night. After picking a spot close to the river we set up camp and cooked up a feast of potatoes, chorizo, peppers and onions all washed down with beers that had been kept cold in the icy water. After being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the river we woke at dawn, brewed some coffee and packed up camp before heading back out of the forest. Just as we were leaving, we were treated to the sight of a family of red squirrels chasing each other around the ancient pine trees. A fitting end to a great adventure.

Tiny, magical world in a tree stump

Scout in the wilds of Scotland

Hiking Rothiemurchus

Lairg Ghru

Setting up camp

Cooking by the riverbank

Keeping beers cold in the icy river

Morning coffee in a tent

Red Squirrel

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