From The Forest To The Highlands
I stayed a day in Crianlarich exploring the surrounding areas. It was nothing more than a one street village and there is only 1 shop there. I stayed in a youth hostel here, covering myself from the nonstop rain. Went for some short trekking around the area but the visibility wasn’t so great. It was raining all the way but I love the landscape here. It’s a lot different than Iceland. In Iceland, I hardly see trees. It was just a vast open space there. But here, its beautiful alpine forest. And the rain is heavier here compared to Iceland. The roads are narrow, reminds me a lot of Malaysia.
I guess Im so used to sleep inside my tent. Staying in the youth hostel, I don’t feel comfortable. So many rules, the main door is lock at 11pm so you cant go out anytime after that. Have to be really quiet in the middle of the night since I was sharing the room with 4 other guys and many more. Sleeping inside my tent, I have all the freedom I want. The only reason I stayed in the hostel here is to get all my batteries charged and a laundry. Early the next morning, the sun finally shined proudly!
I then rushed for breakfast and quickly packed all my stuff and ride away! I miss riding under the sun so badly. It was a good ride. The sun gave enough heat to make me feel so comfortable riding towards the highland from the forest. The road was narrow, many cars driving fast here and it was quite dangerous. From Crianlarich, I passed by only 1 very small village called Tyndrum, after that the road slowly snaked towards the higher ground from the forest of Loch Lomond. I found myself surrounded in the beautiful hills of Glencoe. The landscape drastically changed from alpine forest to rocky hills.
I was first planned to ride all the way to Fort William and camp at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. I plan to conquer this mountain since I heard about it from a few of my friends who stayed here in Scotland. Mountains, theyre my most favourite places on earth. I just love climbing mountains. Being at the top of a mountain, I feel like a winner, especially after hours of struggling climbing them. Its usually quiet up there, my ears only receive the sound of wind and birds, sometimes the rain. It feels that you’re closer to heaven. Being at the thin air, really gives you a special emotion, which you can never get at the sea level.
My target to ride to Fort William was unsuccessful, I was stopped by the beauty of Glencoe hills. I rode very slow passing by the hills and after a while, I decided to camp at Glencoe campsite about a kilometre from Glencoe village and explore the hills. It gonna be raining for the next few days so I guess I will stay here a while before heading to Fort William. It will be sunny again few days from now, and that’s when I will hit the peak of Ben Nevis. For now, I will feed my laziness inside my tent under the rain in Glencoe hills.