Thursday, 5 September 2013

Back on the Road - Scotland Tour 2013 - Living in a Hiace Camper Van

So I find myself back on the road again in the Scottish Highlands, heading up from Loch Ewe to Scoraig on Little Loch Broom.
How did I come to be here, where have I been, and what have I been doing since I last checked in with the blog? Well the answer is that I was carried away by one of life's most powerful forces - that of love..

I met and fell for a wonderful woman on the shores of Loch Ewe. We have experienced a lifetime of memories and joy in a couple of months, and I can only say that it's been the happiest and most fulfilling time of my life.

You just don't know what's going to happen when you head out there and travel freely with plenty of time and no definite agenda.

Daily life by Loch Ewe

We've been leading a simple life.. Sharing meals, walking on the beach with the dogs, collecting water, fishing, making friends, having visitors, cycling to the village, kayaking, drinking tea..

But, the time has come that we have mutually moved on from our shared journey together, and I find myself again swimming free in the sea of life, with no real plans or destination in mind. It's happened quite suddenly, so without warning and with both sadness and joy I'm out here on the road again.

The van packed and ready to leave what's been my home for over two months.

This evening I'm resting in the camper once again, with a heavy heart but with no unanswered questions in my mind. I'm parked at a small jetty, just a kilometre by sea from Scoraig - a community on a remote peninsula, cut off by mountains. I'll set out tomorrow for the settlement to spend time there with good friends I've met over the past months. I might paddle over in my kayak, or get picked up by boat. From there my current state of thinking is to return to the road in a couple of days and set out for the far north, and complete the original Scottish tour I embarked on in June. Cape Wrath.

It's amazing to still be out here, three months on, as the trip was planned to last a month. There is no end in sight to this journey now. As I lay here resting, light rain drumming on the roof, I know that there are many more adventures to come...

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If you're looking for a good map of Western Scotland and the Western Isles, the one I recommend is the 'Road 2' - this map used to be produced by OS, but they stopped doing it. You can buy it here for £4.99:

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