One fine weekend, B and I decided to camp on Loch Lomond and hike up Ben Lomond. Now, I’ve never been too outdoorsy, but when you’re husband becomes so obsessed with becoming a “wilderness couple” that it’s slightly cute, you say yes. Plus it wasn’t like we were camping on some tiny lake in the States. It was freakin’ Scotland and I figured it would be nice.
I quickly realized that even though we were in the beautiful United Kingdom, sleeping in a sweatbox, listening to Malcolm bark all night, not being able to bathe (hello, acne) and getting attacked by swarms of Midges wasn’t so fun after all. After struggling to put up our small tent while swatting at devil insects, we were hungry. We drove to the only store we could find to pick up some hot dogs to grill. In case you’re wondering, hot dogs come in jars and cans over there. For some reason that grosses me out. Hot dogs in generally make me feel nauseous because of their contents but I still choose to eat them at baseball games because they’re delicious. These hot dogs were not delicious. After having most of the hot dogs roll off of the grill or burn into a black mess, we went to bed hungry.
The next day was better because we hiked up and down a mountain… and it took seven hours… and my butt finally got that work out it has always wanted. Ben Lomond is considered a Munro, which is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft. It’s also the most southernly of the Munros. We had planned to hike another closer to Aberdeen, but ran out of time. A shame because it’s great exercise and the view are always spectacular!
The hike up Ben Lomond took a while because we stopped to snack and drink water, but getting to the top was so worth it. We saw fields, lakes and a little village that made even our tired selves say “oooh” and “ahhh”.
The way down was faster but very difficult because of steep drops and jagged rocks. We saw a lot of sheep while we were making our way back to the campground and Malcolm had fun prancing back and forth off leash as he waited for us (I’m convinced Westie puppies have unlimited energy).
Loch Lomond is a gorgeous area to explore, and the hike up Ben Lomond is not one that should be missed. We went at the beginning of June so if you’re planning a trip, it might be wise to find out when the insects disappear and plan it around that time.
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