Ok, Ok – I know we are only mid-way through May and we are talking about Scotland here. Perhaps it is a little disingenuous of me to expect it to be anything else, but I do remember (back in the day) that May was usually quite nice for weather, even for Scotland. The reason I remember this, is because May is a month for exams; those dreaded end-of-year exams at University, and before that – O’Grades and Highers. Without doubt, the couple of days before an exam, the weather would be beautiful. Instead of being able to go outside and enjoy it, I’d be sitting indoors studying/cramming furiously.
The weather this month has been anything but how I remember it. True, there have been a couple of days where the sun has shone brilliantly – until the next puffy cloud rolls along. Saturday was one of those glorious days, where I didn’t even need to wear a jacket. It was positively tropical!
Sunday (yesterday) plunged us all back into what seemed to be late autumn/early winter rather than late spring. Rather than being wrapped up in the comfort of a blanket in front of the TV, I was out walking with a group of Ramblers.
It rained ALL day; not once did it let up – not even for our lunch break. We walked approximately 14 km through boggy fields and along sodden tracks. It was great and I enjoyed every single minute of it! Let’s face it, if you waited for the right weather to hike in Scotland – you might have to wait a long time!
Sir Rannulph Fiennes got it right when he said “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. My waterproofs were 100% effective and my boots were comfortable and dry. I was as snug as a bug in a rug – despite being blown about by gusts of wind and attacked by occasional sheets of horizontal rain.
Scotland is just as beautiful in the rain, as it is in sunnier spells. Trouble is photography can be pretty limited whilst it is raining – so you might just have to take my word for it :)