Text by Salma Zeeshan
It was a really incredible hike in the Kilpatrick Hills up “Duncolm” and to see the water reservoirs all around and with the view on one side of the river Clyde. We made small breaks, in between, on the way to the top, especially near reservoirs – colourful flowers, and wild blueberries grew on the sides of the path. The fresh cool breeze and laying down for a few minutes meditation was unforgettable. It was a different outdoor activity from routine life which is unexplainable and felt like an achievement.
Another memorable achievement so far is “Ben Dubh” from Luss village in Loch Lomond. It was a day full of excitement, we followed the wooden footbridge, a small fairy trail through a small wooden forest and then a grassy hill walk. We came across some muddy puddles in the path and some manure of sheep and hares on the way.
The weather was perfect, a bit cloudy and the mist that we could feel on our faces was really refreshing. It reminded me of the hikes of my childhood under the supervision of my grandfather with my cousins in the “Margalla hills” which is part of the “Himalayan” foothills north of Islamabad, Pakistan. Small water streams, waterfalls, the sound of breeze and water are some remarkable memories.
It reminded me of the hikes of my childhood under the supervision of grandfather …in the Himalayan foothills north of Islamabad, Pakistan.”
While hiking, my fast heartbeat and body temperature made me anxious at the start but then I realised that it is because of the climbing and it is good for blood circulation in my whole body. We had a break at the first part of the hill. When we looked back we had a stunning view of Loch Lomond and its islands, as well as the view of the cruise boats and waterbuses, which was fascinating. One side lochs and the other side hills. To be fresh and up we had some coffee and tea with light snacks. A light chit chat with the group, some discussion on dramatic scenery, and a few pictures to remember this by gave us energy.
Then we started to hike to the second incline after a booster. We took breaks in between. We got to the top for excellent landscapes from the little stones pile. A realisation of achievement and satisfaction with a wide smile on the blushing faces. We enjoyed lunch at the top discussion on multinational foods and desserts. On the way back down the hill legs were shaking and toes aching but no matter what, we enjoyed it a lot, a mixture of feelings and a memorable day with unforgettable group members. I am looking forward to the forthcoming hike as well.
Mhor Outdoor has partnered with Street Fit Scotland for the ‘Belonging in the Hills‘ Project which will see a team develop their hiking skills throughout Summer 2021. ‘Belonging in the Hills’ is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Scottish Mountaineering Trust.