True Highlands Blog
I sat down to write something about gold prospecting in the Highlands, a story of the long forgotten mines that scar our landscape and the rivers where enthusiasts can still pan for tiny flakes. Distracted in equal parts by history and mythology it soon became apparent that the treasures that lie beneath the Scottish soil will not be found by miners and gold panning but by archaeologists and folklorists.
Lochaber is blessed with an abundance of churches and more legends than you could investigate in a lifetime, but never before has a combination of the two intrigued as much as the story of Allan nan Creach.
Standing at 1344m (4409ft) Ben Nevis now only shows the base of the mountain that it once was. Formed through volcanic activity, along with the other mountains of Lochaber and Glen Coe, it once rose to over 14,000ft and had a similar majesty to the Himalayas of today. Back then the UK was near the equator with a very hot and dry climate but after millions of years, erosion and ice ages have shaped the mountains of Scotland to have a very different feel. But they still pack a punch!