Loch Morlich // paddling // by the loch // going swimming // wild raspberries // whisky bottle // midge candles // barbecue // Moss // pet cemetery // Meall a’ Bhuachaille // heather // Cairngorms // in the woods
Last week I got the train up to Aviemore to spend a few days camping with my parents. It’s probably not everyone’s idea of a great summer holiday, but having spent my childhood visiting campsites the length and breadth of Scotland, I strangely enjoy the thought of donning my wellies and abandoning civilisation for a few days. We stayed at Glenmore campsite, right in the middle of the Cairngorms National Park, and spent the week reading books, taking the dog for walks and having barbecues. It was so nice to not be glued to my computer for a few days, and luckily the weather was pretty good so I got to spend most of my time lounging around outside.
It was also nice to spend some time with Moss, he’s getting so big now even though he’s still only a baby at a little over a year old. The first thing I’m going to do when I get a proper house with a garden is get myself a wee puppy pal! Moss used to be scared of the water but changed his mind for some reason this week and we couldn’t keep him out of it; he’d go and stand with his feet in the water and wait for someone to throw a stick in for him. I did a little bit of paddling myself but the water was rather chilly for going in any deeper than the ankles – although in years past I’ve been swimming in the loch (not in September though!).
I took lots of photos (as you can probably tell) of the scenery but the one thing I didn’t get a photo of was the stars. Sadly my camera wasn’t powerful enough to capture the night sky, but it was AMAZING. Because it is so dark in the middle of nowhere, you could see every single star. Like, you could literally see the Milky Way. I love everything to do with stargazing and am pretty good at picking out the constellations, but because there were so many stars it started to get a bit difficult to recognize each individual constellation!
I had a lovely week filling up on barbecue food and drinking wine in the sunshine, but I’m definitely glad to be back in my own bed now!
Have you ever been to the Highlands? What’s your favourite UK holiday destination?