Last month, Macb asked me to be a part of their campaign, Unleash Your Bottle, which encouraged people to set challenges for themselves that were out of their comfort zone. My challenge was to film myself doing three things that were out my comfort zone, the first being a dancing in public video in Glasgow City Centre (where I unleashed my best “dad” dance moves and made everyone jealous of my skills). In another of the videos, I tried frogs legs, (a huge deal for me because anyone that knows me knows that I’m extremely fussy!)

I chose to attempt my first munro for my second challenge (the video will be included at the end), so after scanning a list of “easiest munros to climb”, I decided on Ben Lomond. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the word, a munro is a Scottish mountain over 3000ft high, and there are 282 of them. Ben Lomond is Scotland’s most southerly munro and is 3193ft (974m).

After having a look at the route on Walkhighlands, I figured it seemed easy enough and set off to Rowardennan, dragging my friends Zoe and Brad with me.

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To get to the bottom of the mountain, we headed through the information centre, where at the back, the path is clearly signposted. It climbs steadily through woodland for a short while, eventually reaching a clearing (which reminded me of Jurassic Park, but then again, I seem to say that everytime I hike)

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After about 15 minutes, the sweat was dripping off me (I’m so attractive) and I realised that the climb probably wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought. We joined another path further ahead and continued straight up, where the views started to become gradually more and more amazing.

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 As we climbed, the clouds slowly started to surround us, eventually making everywhere look completely white, and rather eerie.

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After some rather steep parts, the path levelled out along the Sron Aonaich Ridge. Looking down, we could see absolutely nothing but white, which was actually quite peaceful. As we climbed, the temperature gradually dropped and the layers we previously stripped off were back on. 20-30 minutes later, I could finally spot the trig point in the distance.

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Climbing to the top of a mountain and being unable to experience the view gave us a good laugh, along with the ruckus we caused after an enormous insect walked across my shoulder and proceeded to fly into Zoe’s face. After eating our sandwiches, we started the descent and to our delight, the clouds began to clear.

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Overall, the climb took us approximately 3 hours and the descent lasted 2 hours. After recently climbing my second munro (Buachaille Etive Mor, which I’ll also write a blog post about), I can see why this munro is classed as an easier trek than many of the others. It was an enjoyable hike with a brilliant, straightforward path and rewarding views of Loch Lomond.

If you are planning on venturing up this mountain, remember to come prepared and don’t underestimate the Scottish weather. As you can see from these photographs, what may seem like cracking weather at the bottom, can quickly turn into the complete opposite as you get closer to the summit. Decent walking shoes are required, as some of the rocks can slip under your feet during the descent.

I would highly recommend this as a starter munro for anybody. If I can do it, anyone can!

Happy hiking 🙂

Here is my video of the experience!

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Recently, my friend Amy and I stayed in Edinburgh for a night, which was so much fun! The first day consisted of visiting the castle, doing a bit of shopping, eating way too many nachos and at night, deciding to partake in a ghost walk.

I have a bit of experience with ghost walks in Edinburgh, but none of them compare to the Haunted Graveyard Tour with City of the Dead. A few years back, I took the same exact tour and absolutely LOVED it, so I felt that this was the one I had to show Amy.

Lonely Planet once named it “The best of Edinburgh’s ghost tours” and I would so far have to agree. The highlight of the tour is the chance to possibly witness and experience a “real” poltergeist (I’m still on the fence as to whether I believe in it or not!).

Actors, drama and constant jump scares are what I loath in a ghost walk (although, those would be great for younger people and those who like that sort of thing, of course). I want to feel scared, not to feel like I’m on a children’s tour, so someone with a fake voice and dramatic demeanor isn’t my thing.

The company website has an interesting description of the experience, including a warning at the bottom, stating that the Mackenzie Poltergeist can cause physical and mental distress. If you don’t know anything about the poltergeist, there is no need to read up on it (unless you want to know the full story before the tour), because all the information is covered on the walk.

There is usually a sense of nervousness when you approach the City of the Dead sign outside St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile. The sign displays pictures of various cuts, bruises, burns and scratches that people have found on their bodies during the tour, usually after stepping into the Black Mausoleum, the site of the Mackenzie Poltergeist. Both times I’ve had a small fear of the next victim being someone on our tour. Including myself.

On this walk (and the previous one!) our guide was Katie. She is absolutely brilliant at creating a spooky atmosphere and captivating everyone with her storytelling.

The tour consists of interesting (and true) stories of witch trials, the plague, grave robbing and the real Greyfriars Bobby tale (which is not what you would expect!) and a short walk through Greyfriars Kirkyard (comfortable footwear is recommended!) before stopping outside the locked gates of the Covenanters Prison. The story of the Covenanters is explained, which is extremely sad but captivating, and then the guide begins to talk about the poltergeist. The tone of the tour changes slightly at this point. The group is asked if there is anyone present who is pregnant. If there is, then that person probably won’t be able to enter the prison. The guide states that City of the Dead are the only company that own a key to the locked gates, and once we step in, the gates will be locked behind us. Once the group enters the prison, we head to the Black Mausoleum, a family tomb in which the Mackenzie Poltergeist resides. Inside, it is dark, cold and pretty terrifying. The guide doesn’t enter the tomb with us, she stands at the entrance, candle in hand. Poltergeist stories unfold, along with experiences with it on previous tours. I don’t want to go into too much detail about the stories because I have a video of the tour (which I’ll link at the end of this post) and I would love for others to experience the tour and hear the stories for themselves.

Nothing strange happened on any of the walks I’ve been on and I’m not sure whether I’m relieved or a bit gutted!

The tour costs £10 (£8 discount, £6 child), which in my opinion is very reasonable, and it lasts for approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. No unaccompanied children are allowed, or children under 12.

I highly recommend this ghost walk and here is the video of the trip (you’ll have to endure Amy and I being idiots at the beginning) –

 

Hi everyone! I was planning on jumping straight in to my first blog post without actually introducing myself. First mistake. This whole blogging thing is completely new to me! My name is Erin Doogan, I’m from Scotland and I’ve been on youtube for around 5 years, vlogging about various things such as trips around Scotland, chatty videos (tags, my catfish story, embarrassing moments), vlogs with friends and paranormal stories. Basically everything. I don’t really have a “niche” or a subject that I stick to, so this blog is probably going to be the same.

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I’ll try to keep it simple and only write about the topics my videos are based on, but I can’t promise anything. I ramble in real life and I’m aware that rambling on a blog can be a “dont”, but I know for a fact that I’ll do it anyway.

Being on youtube is great, but blogging is a bit terrifying for me because it’s a whole new world, but I thought that it was about time I started a blog for my trips, reviews and other adventures. Plus, I have SO many pictures that I’d like to share.

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