This year, I have decided I am hiking Scotland.
Yup, really. The hike is otherwise known as the Scottish National Trail.
864 kilometres in wind, rain or shine.
I plan to start the Scottish National Trail in May; I estimate it will take five to six weeks to complete. It begins at the English/Scottish border by Kirk Yetholm and concludes at Cape Wrath. It isn’t going to be easy. I have never attempted a long distance hike, nor have I camped overnight in the wild for 14 years. Actually, I’ve never been wild-camping by myself before.
To some this may sound like a stupid idea but I like to live my life as though I haven’t many days left of it. Since I have been living this way, I have had some of the craziest, rewarding, and most memorable days of my life.
To explore Scotland the way my ancestors did
I’ve always been passionate about my Scottish family history and while it is difficult to know exactly what it was like to live like my ancestors back in the day, I want to get as close as possible to experiencing life as they did.
For me, this means exploring the Scottish Highlands by foot.
To challenge myself
The best way to grow and learn is by pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. If something frightens and excites you simultaneously, I believe you should do it. The thought of hiking Scotland does just that for me.
The thought of a long distance hike has always given me this mixture of emotions.
In 2017, I lived in a van in Canada for seven months. It was challenging living in such a small space without a bathroom or kitchen. I didn’t think I would last three months. As time went on I adjusted to vanlife and I learned new skills and even more about myself. I hope the challenge of this hike will bring more of the same.
To raise money for Cystic Fibrosis
I am hiking Scotland for another very good reason. My goddaughter, Olivia (5) was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) when she was born. CF is known as the hidden disease and is the most common life threatening genetic disorder affecting New Zealand children.
There is no cure for CF, but the gene that causes cystic fibrosis has been identified and researchers are working to find ways to repair or replace it, and medications to treat CF complications.
Half of the funds raised will go towards Olivia’s treatment costs (estimated at $2600NZD/1400 pounds). The remaining half will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to care for families living with CF.
How can you help?
I have started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for cystic fibrosis. I have decided to donate half of the money raised to Olivia to pay for her treatments, and the remaining half to Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand which will support the 500 families living with CF.
It would mean the world to me if you could make a donation– even if it’s just as much as a cup of coffee.
If you happen to be along the way of my hike and have a back yard I could pitch my tent or even a couch I could sleep on for the night, I would love to make use of that!
I am also looking for hiking gear to borrow. I am currently in need of a one person tent, lightweight cooking gear, a mattress and sleeping bag.
You can get in touch with me personally here.
I would also love to hear from you- so please comment below!