The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.
- Omar Khayyam
|Trying to "unlock" the gate - albeit, quite unnecessarily! :)|
Those sharp-eyed folks who enjoy hill-walking in the glens and Highlands will smile when they identify the "dilemma" in the above image. How do we unlock this gate? Ahh, no problem after all. There is a smaller, one-person-at-a-time, swinging entry gate on the left side...providing quick and easy access. With the breathtaking panorama of the Scottish landscape absorbing our powers of observation - we didn't even notice that it was there!
The "Minister's Path", a 12 km (return) hike from Glen Prosen to Glen Clova, is an another wonderful opportunity to be "alone" in a vast and peaceful moorland. Many years ago, the local minister would take this path (twice each Sunday!) in order to conduct services in the two tiny communities. This, of course, must have contributed greatly to physical fitness - and overall well-being. A good example, indeed, to we modern day folks!
|Still enough to hear your own thoughts..|
|Trailhead: The Glen Prosen Church - "modern" at just 210 years old.|
Solitude also gives opportunity to hear the often quiet whispers of our own thoughts and contemplations. It is possible that some of those thoughts have waited patiently...for a very long time. And when they are listened to, the experience can be surprisingly restorative.