With warmer weather fast approaching, I’m eager to venture outside and explore some of the national parks Canada has to offer. This year is a great time to do it, as they’ve released the national parks pass for free in celebration of Canada’s 150th! I don’t have the opportunity to visit nearly as many parks and historic sites as I’d like to this year, but it did get me thinking about my dream destinations list.
Occasionally, a place leaves you so breathless that you long to return, and driving around the Highlands in Scotland left me feeling exactly that way. Before our trip, I had a strong suspicion that would be the case, so I planned accordingly and brought along an HD Polaroid Cube camera to record parts of our drive.
When you’re experiencing an agonizing bout of food poisoning, the last thing you really want to be doing is venturing out to sight-see. I know that from personal experience – twice now. Still, in the morning I felt mildly better, so we set off, albeit with a change of plans to our itinerary.
Our decision to drive counter-clockwise around the North Coast 500 had no reasoning behind it, but in the end, I was extremely happy we did. In my opinion, we saved the best day for last, and with a little dip down to Eilean Donan, we even got to see a castle!
One thought prevailed above all others during our drive around the North Coast 500: imagine what it would have been like to travel this land via horse. The sprawling hills, the great Munros, the glistening lochs… my imagination ran wild. Sure, I know I’m romanticizing the image – I’ve been on more than enough horse rides to know how sore you can be and how long it can sometimes take – but to experience the uninterrupted majesty of the land would have been amazing.