Creepy crawlies.

What creepy crawlies lurk around in those tall grasses in this beautiful landscape?

Alexander and I, we never travel alone. There are always some other living creatures travelling with us. First, we weren’t aware of them but now it is very clear. Eddie is our travel buddy, and I must speak about Eddie in the plural. Eddies.

Who are Eddies, you may wonder?………

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What is that in the middle of nowhere

campervan in the middle of nowhere
How did this poor little van get here?

Imagine yourself walking on a small uninhabited island in Scotland with beautiful sweet-smelling wildflowers. And suddenly you see…..

What is your first thought?

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Desperate in need of 4G

Beautiful spot for camping without 4G or 3G or any kind of connection.

No, I’m not a 4G junkie. When I’m in Scotland I don’t even switch on the internet on my phone. I want to be away from everyone who is trying to reach me and I don’t want to talk to anyone. I just want to be a-social on my Scottish island for 5 weeks totally disconnected from everything. Let’s say, disconnect in order to get truly connected with myself, my hubby, and my surroundings.

But….

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Midgies are therapy animals!

I’m not kidding!

In case you are wondering what the dark smudges are, they are a cloud of midgies.


If you like to give this perfect and totally free animal therapy a try, my best advice is so go out camping in Scotland on a windless day with a bit of moisture in the air and wait for the sun to set. Just sit outside in a short-sleeved shirt and……

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While we were wandering and we were wondering, Why?

A row of abandoned houses on Stroma

After that lovely walk in the last blogpost, going in and out of the houses of the abandoned island of Stroma, you might be left with the question; why was the island abandoned?

Why do you want to leave such a beautiful island with good fertile soil and enough sandstone to build sturdy houses from? With a shop, a school and two churches? Where you can live self-sufficient and have a strong bond with neighbours. Sounds like an absolute dream……Or not?……

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Frozen in time.

I can’t wait. Looking across from Gills Bay to the abandoned houses of the island of Stroma. I want to be in every house on that island. I just can’t wait. That 3-kilometre crossing over the traitorous Pentland Firth with its fast-flowing currents to the island is just not interesting to me. It is just a small hurdle to take and then I can be in the houses to satisfy my curiosity.  I can not wait to be there!

The abandoned houses on Stroma.

Carefully I enter the house through the open front door…..

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Being a weatherman/women in Scotland

Paddling in fog patches, not predicted in the weatherforcast….

It must be an awful job, being a weatherman/women in Scotland. Dangerous too. Not to mention the mental health issues that might occur while having this job.

It is probably advisable….

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Meeting on Raasay, the ceilidh.

Raasay bothy

The Raasay bothy is a favourite bothy to go to. It is a very busy place so we usually meet some interesting people. The floor is not very even that is why the MBA installed a platform which is level. But it can also be used as a stage!

While we had installed ourselves in the little house…

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How to listen to a local.

Harbour of Thurso at sunset, how about that for a view?

Wouldn’t you love to sit on your couch while having a view over the sea and some islands in the distance to stare at with a warm cup of coffee? 

I must admit, I’m a bit jealous of the people who live here in a house overlooking the sea. They experience the full year of natural changes in landscape and weather. Snow, northern lights, brewing storms, the full spectrum of rain types and directions…. 

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My own countrymen.

Where do you turn to when you need help? Right, to your own countrymen. They will definitely help you out. This is the best advice ever.

Eastcoast paddling is different than Westcoast paddling. The Eastcoast doesn’t have snug little inlets, sandy beaches or lochs to land the kayak safely. No, it has a rocky coastline with high cliffs and small awkward little harbours. At high water, there are some sandy beaches but at low water, the beaches are long and littered with a lot of slippery rocks. The second bit of very good advice is to study the coastline at home using Google Maps to see where the cleared beaches are. That really helps to avoid being stuck on a beach because of submerged dangers like rocks.
But sometimes the best of studies do not materialise in reality….

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