Before leaving for British Studies one of my bucket list items was to spend a day hiking on the Fife Coastal Path. Solo hiking is a very great way to reflect on the greatest questions in life while enjoying the best nature has to offer.
I could not have asked for more perfect weather. Here I was hiking right along the shore on what the map deemed the “less kept trail”, which turned out to not be the case and I had to turn back and climb through some bushes. A great example of “mis information”.
Unlike living in the United States, while in the United Kingdom anyone at any moment can come across a piece of history. While hiking along the Fife Coastal Trail I came across this ruin of an Abbey dating back to the 1500’s. Gravestones scatter the green within the Abbey walls.
The terrain was incredible and varied greatly from the shoreline, to forests, to industrial landscape, to fields. The Fife Coastal Trail offers a comprehensive view of the Scottish landscape.
I ended my day hike in Aberdour about 15 miles from where I began at the foot of Scotland’s oldest castle. I toured the ruins which included a quaint and still function church. One of the most interesting aspects of the castle was it giant dove/pigeon house. James Doulgas actually made sure to always keep the dove house fully stocked in case of times when food was scarce.
On Sunday a small group of us felt adventurous enough to take a day trip to Loch Ness. It was definitely worth being confined to a bus for 9 hours. The tour guide was incredible and mixed music in with the stories (both mythical and historical) she told. She shared an immense amount of the history of Scotland, expertly weaving in relevant music to match the sites as we rode past.
Loch Ness was an incredible experience nestled within the Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately, I did not see Nessie but I did learn much of the mythology. I did however, enjoy a beautiful break in the rain by taking a boat ride on Loch Ness.