Last summer, me and my friends decided to go on an adventure. We were all in dire need of a couple of days escape from the busy hustle and bustle of the city, and so we decided to pack our bags, load up the car and drive. Personally, I would have loved it if we ended up driving to the airport and hopping on the next plane to fly someplace exotic, however instead we decided to stay in Scotland and explore some of our own country. We decided to plan an adventure up north, where it's particularly rural and isolated. We researched and found a beautiful house in the area of Caithness and stayed for a couple of days.
We rented a beautiful house (with an amazing indoor pool!) in the middle of nowhere... and it was bliss! With little signal on our smart phones, we were surrounded by only countryside and beautiful nature. We spent a few days exploring the area and even made it the most northern point of the UK - John O' Groats!
During one particular sunny day, the more adventurous of the group decided to climb one of Scotland's many mountains. We persevered and made up Maiden Pap in glorious sunshine. On our final day, we decided to visit the famous Whaligoe Steps, an ancient set of steep steps that were once used by the local villagers to transport fish from the sea to the mainland. After one tough climb of the steps myself, I'm amazed at how the ancient villagers managed this, it was bloody tough!
This trip reminded me how important it is to explore your own country/ area, and it made me really appreciate quality time away with friends. It just goes to show that you don't need to go far to have a great time, and I definitely came home with the travelling bug.... Where to next then?!