Reach Out Project - National Walking Month blog part 1
Each year a small group of students attend a residential as part of the Reach Out project. This year they headed to Lower Foyers to feel the benefit of the great outdoors despite the changeable Scottish weather.
Ross Weatherby joined the students and offered us his journal for National Walking Month. This is part one of four, you can read part two here.
Everyone turned up. For no fault of their own, the students can struggle to keep commitments, so when all nine students and three staff members met at Aberdeen station, the first mountain had already been climbed. The train took us from Aberdeen to Inverness where we completed the last leg to Lower Foyers by bus. The train was spent planning, making list and dividing responsibilities amongst the students to source food while in Inverness. It might sound like a small activity, but for so many of us sticking to lists, budgets and time constraints can be a real challenge.
Food shopping complete we continued through the breath taking scenery and countless cries of are we there until we reached Lower Foyers and take in Lock Ness surrounded by hills and pockets of snow, the students were optimistic that the snow wouldn’t last and I decided to stay quiet. I know that snow can last a long time in Scotland and the following days proved this.
But for now, we made a wee supper and prepared our lunches for tomorrow and chatted about the day’s journey. We headed down to the Loch and gazed at the stars and searched for the elusive monster. It was a beautiful night, the sky full of stars and the students shared their knowledge of constellations and sci-fi legends, but alas we never found Nessie.
We settled in for the night in wee wooden wigwams. The wigwams were really small, it was a tight squeeze and I wished I had bought my own tent.