Just off A85 in the shadows of the modest peak of Ben Cruachan in Scotland is a hidden jewel of a castle. It’s a dot on an atlas, a prominent enough destination to actually be listed on a road atlas of Great Britain. But while the little dot of Kilchurn Castle technically exists on a map, it remains a hidden mystery beyond the trees and on the banks of Loch Awe. Kilchurn Castle brings the magic of the Scotland Highlands to life, if only you know where to look.
Hey, look, you made it back for the conclusion of this life-changing story. Today’s reading brings the final chapter of this three-part series looking back at 37 life travel moments as I celebrate turning 37 on Jan. 8. If you read the first part, you learned about this small-town kid who fell in love with travel brochures at an early age. But in the second part, you discover the girl who stole this boy’s heart, and it all has a happy home in London. Now it’s time for the rest of the story of my 37 life travel moments.
Sometimes the best journey is the one you never planned to take. That’s certainly what we discovered in Scotland’s Western Highlands.
I told Rebecca my plan, even showing her on the map my route that I had dubbed the A82 Loop.
“That’s fine, but take this wee road instead,” she said, as she pointed at a jagged line on the map hanging in the entry of the inn. “The views are lovely and it will still get you to Bridge of Orchy.”
The road looked small, but it also looked like it could cut off part of the drive toward Bridge of Orchy, the first stop on our loop through the beautiful landscape of Scotland’s Western Highlands that would see us travel through Glen Coe and then south toward Oban. A shortcut? While I didn’t want to miss any of the beautiful landscape of the area, I also knew we had a long day of driving ahead and any kind of shortcut really could help.