Seven days in the wilderness

February 1, 2015

theviewHere is a blog written on our honeymoon in July 2014 wild camping on the western coast of Scotland. I (Nicola) had the realisation many years ago that our solutions are on our doorsteps, and we can access the most beautiful wilderness experience here in the British Isles if we look hard enough ….

“We were called by the locals ‘the people who look out at the sea’, as we stared out for seven days, immersing ourselves in the natural rhythm of the tide.

Breaking our stare only to go and get the occasional bite to eat, cook freshly caught mackerel on the camp fire and swim in the icy cold waters. As we emerged one morning from our swim we were blessed with the most incredible site. Seven Golden Eagles danced the thermals above our heads, circling round and round, some high and some low, calling to each other. Not one, but seven.


This week we have learnt the path of Raven, as a family of four fly backwards and forwards, marking the day, straight lines across the cove. Shelldrake visits once a day and struts on the sand, sometimes a pair, often just one. Seagull joins us as the tide comes in to catch crabs. Oystercatchers seek sandworms, Sand Martins dance around the low granite cliffs, and Herons swoop in graciously to land on the rocks. Otter swims across the cove in the twilight, through ribbons of crimson and turquoise water mirroring the sunset sky. Minke whale and porpoise dance in the waters out at sea.

Our days were spattered with the occasional walkers and swimmers who came to enjoy this space with the wildlife, all commenting on what a beautiful place this was. Surely one of the most beautiful places in our Isles… and where is it you ask… now that is a perfectly kept secret!”decor ribbon

About the Author


Nicola Smalley is an edge-dweller, shamanic practitioner and writer living in Anglezarke on the edge of the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire, England.
Following a career in corporate sustainability, she now runs The Way of the Buzzard with her husband Jason. Her passion is anything connected to nature and the mysteries of the Earth.

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