“While modern capitalism constantly develops new needs in order to increase consumption, people’s dissatisfaction remains the same as ever. Their lives no longer have any meaning beyond a rush to consume, and this consumption is used to justify the increasingly radical frustration of any creative activity or genuine human initiative — to the point that people no longer even see this lack of meaning as important.” - Pierre Canjuers, Socialisme ou Barbarie #27

Saturday, 12 March 2016

High Lands

I've decided to spend some time in the wild.  It seems like the right thing to do.  Inverness is the end of the line, so far as trains go.  From there it's a three-hour bus ride to Ullapool, and then, definitively you're into the Highlands.  This is where the road ends.

Ullapool to Clachtoll is a 35-mile walk, which I reckon I'll be able to do in 3-4 days at a thougtful and leisurely wandering pace.  Wild camping is legal in Scotland, on the understanding you'll follow the general principle of "leave no trace", which means once I'm equipped (I'll need a tent, for example) I will be free to explore the country as the spirit moves me.

Along the way, such sights as this:

Indeed, the Black Loch.

And this - note the solitary wanderer - 

And over the ends of the earth...