~North Coast 500 Journal~

“Yet often the mountain gives itself most completely when I have no destination, when I reach nowhere in particular, but have gone out merely to be with the mountain as one visits a friend with no intention but to be with him.”
― Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain.

I can’t believe the last time I wrote here was February. Oops. So much has happened since then… so much that I was hesitant about even writing this and sharing these images as it all seems such a long time ago now. I’ve been going through all the photographs I took over the past few months and it’s been nice to re-live summer through these images, and so I figured I would share them here instead of leaving them to gather dust on my hard drive as so often happens.

In May my friend Ellis and I decided that we would road-trip the North Coast of Scotland and loosely follow the North Coast 500 route which is an approximately 500 mile trip around some of the most beautiful coastline of Scotland. Ellis and I are both so in love with the landscapes of Scotland and so we spent most of the journey overwhelmed with the raw, wild, beauty and peace that can only be found in remote places in nature. The following is a short visual journal of that journey…


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Chilean poetry beautifully etched into the rocks at Sannick Bay

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Collecting fresh mountain water from the well


(Selfies thanks to Ellis!)



  • Charles Boullt

    Beautiful landscapes! Would love to visit someday.

  • Jo

    Incredible, Samantha!


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