All posts tagged: Highland

Islander [1/2] – wool, horns & langoustines

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The Corbett family are among the 2800 inhabitants on the Isle of Mull. Jim and Patience own large swathes of land on which sheep and cows have grazed for nearly a century. We spent a few days with their son Tom and his wife, Flora, who gave us a taste of their day-to-day life. The roads on Mull can be driven along in either direction, but most are only wide enough for one car. There is a recess every 300 metres to allow vehicles to pass one another. Like choreographed dancers, vehicles move to one side or the other of the road, the drivers greeting each other politely. The road grew even steeper as we neared Lochbuie. At the tip of the loch, we discovered a stunning bay surrounded by grass-covered mountains. Highland cows lapped up the sunshine along the shore. Pointed horns turned to face us as we passed, the cows’ eyes barely visible under the long red locks of hair that tickled their noses. We zigzagged between sheep, eventually arriving at Laggan, the home of …

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The spirit of the van – by Kiki B.

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What the van experience really boils down to is a return to a forgotten time, one which has been sidelined by our modern culture with its walls of all powerful tv screens, packed nightclubs and all of the superficial pleasures that come with it. We have been separated from the lost pleasures of looking at a star filled sky or connecting to nature. If the van experience is after all a return to these forgotten pleasures: then it is not just alpha or omega, it is both! It is the be all and end all. Travelling by van is all about reliving simple pleasures and stripping away phoney illusions. You turn the key and that’s it, you’re on your way. Because after all that’s really all there is to it, there’s no need to bother with taking the bus to an airport, checking in just to take another bus which takes you to a plane which in turn does endless laps on the tarmac before you finally take off. The van experience bypasses this needless hassle by returning to the true, ultimate meaning of …

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