Monday, 7 March 2016

The healing power of Nature

We spent Thursday and Friday visiting Glen Affric, and I am once again reminded of the incredibly capacity of Nature to restore us to health and wholeness once more.

First, we stopped by the reflective Loch Ness, the largest body of water in the UK.

Loch Ness

After that, we made our way West through the Highlands, soon arriving at a cold mountain at Glen Affric:

Deer fence, cold mountain

We learned about how the deer, bred for generations by landowners with hunting ambitions, are too populous and interfering with the growth of young trees. Then we climbed up some more...

Squelch, squelch, squelch

and found ourselves climbing higher and higher

 to find ourselves atop the land.


After we made our way down and slept the night, I awoke, prepared and visited the river

spent the morning and afternoon exploring, working, and collecting rocks at Dundreggan (the Dragon's Fort!) - a massive estate lodge with polytunnels, a waterfall, and three wild boar!

On our way back we stopped at the most forlorn, melancholy place I've yet been to - a 3,000-year-old gravesite.

Clava Cairns

On the whole, it was an amazing two days, and even though the information was a little on the excessive side, I felt remarkably re-inspired for the days to come.  Which turned out to be really necessary, as you'll find out in the next blog... The Sweat.

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