This week I enjoyed looking back through photos D took on our 50th wedding anniversary trip to Scotland three years ago. If I had to pick one place I’d love to revisit, it would be Loch an Eilein. It’s got everything–mystery, 15th century small castle ruins on an island, and a gorgeous 4.5 mile hiking trail around the lake.
The proud male duck at the top is guarding his mate who’s hidden in the marsh grass, sitting on at least one egg.
For perspective, here’s an overview of the lake, with that mysterious island in the distance. Can you see the bit of stone emerging from the trees? The hiking path goes right around the perimeter, offering several views of the island and castle.
So here we go…one foot after another. Loaded with water and snacks. Sometimes the path was smooth. Sometimes it wasn’t. Good hiking shoes required. We walked through stands of towering pines and meadow-like blankets of heather and thistles.
Here’s the best view we had of the castle ruins. Make up your own mysterious, romantic story….
From this point, we walked around the top of the lake and followed the path on the opposite side of the island. The path so far had been friendly for wheelchairs or walkers, if a bit bumpy. Beyond this point we went through several rough, rocky patches along with a few uphill climbs. Still, it was beautiful, and gave us one more good look at the castle ruins.
Finally, after walking for what seemed an eternity, we came to the end of the hike. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Well, most of it anyway….
Happy Friday! Here’s to a weekend of dreams come true and the creative rewriting of our worst nightmares.
Thanks to D for all these photos, and thanks to you for visiting the gallery!
©Elouise Renich Fraser, 14 September 2018
Photos taken by DAFraser, September 2015 in Scotland