O ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak‘ the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland a’fore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond.
A little over a week ago, my friend Lesley and I decided to visit Loch Lomond for the day. I had never been there and her last visit was during her childhood, so it was a new experience for both of us – and something I had been looking forward to for a very long time. The weather was uncertain and we experienced all the four seasons in a matter of hours, but our day wasn’t spoiled in any way. In fact, I had been mesmerised with the beauty of Scotland from the moment I first approach it. Until an hour before crossing the border, I still considered Como, in Italy, the most beautiful place I had ever seen. The Scottish countryside and Loch Lomond have now claimed the title.
For over five years I have told my friend that that would be the year when I’d visit her, but one thing or another would always get on my way. Not long before I actually booked the tickets I was dealing with certain fears and doubts, which lead me to see that I’ve been postponing things that are crucial to my happiness and wellbeing. That’s when I decided it was time to do something about it and arranged to spend an extended weekend in Scotland with my friends.
I cannot describe how much better it made me feel. It’s curious how a place that we had never visit before can feel so much like home. I’m determined to visit more often, and moving there is not far from my plans either!
I am hoping to visit again and for a longer period of time in the Summer or early Autumn. Unfortunately, my job, as well as my friends’ plans, won’t allow us to meet again sooner than that. On the bright side, it’s something to look forward to! We found the nicest little spot to spend the day by the banks of Loch Lomond, so it’s good to wait until some clear days come our way. (By the way, how crazy is the weather right now?! I’ve never seen so much snow in the South! But I’ll leave this subject to a different post.)
If you have ever visited Loch Lomond or its surroundings, I’d love to hear about your experience there – and if you have any particular spots! Although it was hard to pick one, mine is the one that provided me with this view. It’s perfectly isolated which allowed me to appreciated it with no interruptions!