Picture This: Distant An Teallach

by Keith Savage · 6 comments


Stars gleam unseen above the blue, above the ripped clouds and An Teallach’s distant, towering crown. The mountains of Wester Ross compress the heavens so that my wanderings follow in their drifting shadows over hill and heath to unknown realms. Wide vistas unfurl from every crest where each blade of grass, scrap of cloud, and ray of light give shape to the red-eyed wind. To hike amongst these highland hills is to venture into sacred spaces rife with lofty hermitages, skyscapes where gods thunder their will upon the earth. Is it any wonder that I am here, or that I am so full of wonder I can hardly speak?

A stone cottage with a rust-red roof waits beyond Dundonnell vale, compelling one to stalk onto the moor for a look at its first and only view of the world. Clouds gather upon An Teallach’s shoulders like the fleece raiments of a mountain king. His silent decrees cannot be ignored: The world is so much wider than conception or memory. Experience, alone, in this belittling wilderness undoes our knotted minds. And here in the cool wind heavy with snow and stone, the earth soft beneath my tread, sun flickering between the clouds, warmed from within, I perceive the stars below the clouds.


Jaspreet SinghNo Gravatar August 25, 2016 at 5:38 AM

Namaste, brother 🙂 I love all your posts so much, you seem like a beautiful transformed soul with the most amazing vibes ever

Keith SavageNo Gravatar August 25, 2016 at 7:39 AM

Cheers Jaspreet. Thanks for the kind words.

Patsy TartNo Gravatar August 24, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Keith, I love reading your posts. The highlands of Scotland call my name like no other place on earth. I love to travel but keep wanting to return to Scotland. It is the highlands, above all, that hold majesty and mystery for me. Next summer will be my third year in a row to visit. I just can’t decide where to go. May need your help!

Patsy Tart

Keith SavageNo Gravatar August 24, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Thanks, Patsy. Three years in a row is impressive. To say I understand is an understatement. 🙂 I’d be happy to trip plan with you again!

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