I’m excited to share this post about Scotland. It is a very beautiful country. I love every bit about Scotland except for its very cold weather weather, especially here in Aberdeen, North East of Scotland. It faces the North Sea which is famous for its oil. It’s often very windy and cold. I remember at one time I was out shopping with my daughter. We had quite a few blocks to walk. The wind was so strong that we had to hold each other….so afraid we would be blown away. Got to put on more weight may be…haha
One of the many things I love about Scotland is its beautiful sceneries. I love the mountains…attractive and yet menacing. I have climbed 3 times…utterly exciting and an experience I will cherish for life. I climbed one this year but sadly the photos didn’t turn out well. Just the other weekend, my husband and our 3 good friends climbed Ben Nevis…..much to my envy. I would love to join them but the bad weather forecast put me off. I did not want to slow them down. I have been admiring all the beautiful photos they took. Well, I hope to climb it next summer.
I did not join the climb but this is what I made for them……cheese muffins. It is cheesy, moist and delicious.They liked them very much. I can only imagine they must be very hungry! They also brought along hard boiled eggs, fruits and sandwiches.
Ben Nervis is the highest mountain in UK, situated at the Scottish Highland close to the town of Fort William which is about 5 hrs drive from Aberdeen. It is a very popular mountain to climb, both to the locals and to international visitors. It is 1344m above the sea level. The weather condition is often bad…cold, windy and foggy, which can be dangerous for ill-equipped climbers. In most parts, the climb is rocky and tough but there are well defined tourist paths, well trodden by the many tourists who went there throughout the whole year.
My husband and his friends drove to Fort William on a Friday, stayed a night at a Bed And Breakfast and headed for the mountain the next morning. It took them 8+ hours to go up and down Ben Nevis. Of course some are able to achieve it at a shorter time.
My husband was just overjoyed to reach the summit of Ben Nevis. It was a great achievement for him…..a triumphant feeling! But he was exhausted and cold when he arrived home about 11pm. All he wanted was hot noodle soup and quickly dived into bed under thick duvet! This is my hubby above…cute like me…hehe. At least he remembered to ‘Keep Smiling‘…haha
Here are some of the breath-taking photos they took of their adventurous and ambitious climb.
These are Scottish highland cows. They have long horns and long shaggy coats. They are a special beed of cattle. The long coat keeps them warm from the harsh cold Scottish weather, especially during the winter. They look calm and beautiful, yet fearsome.
Aha…this is my photography teacher and friend. He has been trying very hard to teach me good photography but poor me……a slow student indeed……haha. I love to see those rocks and the water running down….beautiful!
Keeping to tourist path to climb Ben Nevis is the safest. The journey is long and hard.
The path up Ben Nevis is rocky. It helps to have a pair of hill walking sticks.
A beautiful scene of the mountain side.
A beautiful view of the valley and the mountains on the other side.
The goal and greatest excitement is the summit which was covered with fog. It was very cold and you can’t stay there long. There’s an old observatory at the summit. It was used for 20 years to collect meteorological data hourly since its opening in 1883.
Mountains speak so much about life. I remember the winning song in X-Factor last year by Joe McElderry…The Climb. The wordings are very beautiful and meaningful and the song is very nice. If you are going through struggles, then this song is for you. It’s very encouraging. Click to watch and listen.
Do you love mountains? Have you every climbed one? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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Quote of the day……
“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vintage point.”
Harold V Melchert