There's definitely an extra spring in my step as I set out to walk the Scottish Highlands Way. This virtual journey will take me just over 200 miles, from Glasgow to Inverness, and I'm looking forward to seeing many interesting & beautiful sights along the way. I'm also wondering if I'll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nessy, the Loch Ness monster, as I make my around the shores of her home.
As someone who's already done a virtual Walk to Mordor stranger things have happened!
Now walking in the footsteps of Frodo & Sam was quite a bit of fun, especially at the start, but I found that as I neared Mount Doom my feet started to drag. It turns out that the thought of entering such desolate wasteland wasn't exactly the best motivator to keep me walking. Go figure!
I'm certain I won't be experiencing the same buzzkill on this adventure as the creative force behind Walking 4 Fun has done an amazing job re-creating the virtual trails and making the journey most enjoyable. Encouragement abounds in the maps, pictures. badges & descriptions provided by the site and, as an added bonus, Fitbit fanatics like myself can have their mileage automatically logged.
Instead of worry about logging my steps for the day, I can just keep on daydreaming that I'm Claire Beauchamp from Outlander making my way back to Inverness. Let's face it, Frodo Baggins has nothing on Jamie Fraser in the fantasy department.
The other lesson I learned from my previous virtual walking experience is that it's really a lot more fun sharing the experience with friends so if you're interested please give me a shout.
I'm a plodder (pushing myself to get 10k steps / 4 miles a day) so I expect to be walking for the next two months. Feel free to contact me at any time and we can support each other along the way. I'll be signing the Register as I go and as "walking friends" we can keep track of our respective whereabouts using the trail maps.
Now I'd better get up & get moving as I hope to be in Milngavie by sundown!
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Step by Step: Walking the Scottish Highlands by Tatiana Dokuchic on 2015-09-19 A virtual journey that will take me just over 200 miles, from Glasgow to Inverness.
Images: Original by Visit Scotland; Additional Graphics by Tatiana Dokuchic
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