It’s that time of year again. I’ve been holidaying in the Highlands with my husband for over 20 years and I never tire each time I think about going back. We started with camping for several years, before managing to find various static caravans in people’s gardens. Around 10 years ago I found a lovely spot for us, again in someone’s garden but much more isolated and peaceful.
There have been times when we’ve done nothing but hike up mountains and munros. Then we spent a good number of years taking our mountain bikes, cycling some of the most amazing forest tracks and observing the most beautiful wild creatures of Scotland.
Now my highland holiday is a chance to recuperate, rest, switch off and chill. It’s not without its problems. It’s not the most comfortable holiday, the bed is uncomfortable for me and I can’t sit in the same position for too long. But, to be honest, it’s no different at home. I take some extra pillows, a blanket, a heat pad and extra pain relief. I know no matter how much pain and discomfort I’ll be in, it won’t really matter. I can still rest, I’m on holiday from work, I can take as much time as I like to do things and if we make plans they can easily be changed.
Holidays are needed no matter what situation you are in because you are giving yourself a chance to be somewhere else; in body, mind and spirit.