“The upshot of all this is that we live in a universe whose age we can't quite compute, surrounded by stars whose distances we don't altogether know, filled with matter we can't identify, operating in conformance with physical laws whose properties we don’t truly understand”
- Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything)
It’s when you go to astonishingly beautiful and unique places that I really feel alive ... and often puzzled by the enigmatic combination of science and time that caused such a place to exist.
The Devil’s Pulpit is one such place. I want to preface my next few sentences by stating that it’s a relatively dangerous place to go, and not for children or animals because it has 150 year-old steps that decent the 80m into its depths, but they’re broken and very slippy.. a mountaineering club has affixed ropes to help you in and out but it’s still a challenge and one that will no doubt make you dirty, muddy and wet. I once encountered a family all dressed in white tracksuits going down the steps and was stunned
If you make it to the bottom you’ll like find it very full - it’s basically Scotland’s trendiest adventure place these days, after lots of exposure from Outlander, the BBC and of course Instagram. If you can get there and have it to yourself, as I did during my first few visits, it’s wonderfully special though.
The green mossy walls that stretch up to the heavens are magical. The blood orange/iron coloured water is quintessentially Scottish. The sound of trickling water everywhere is overwhelming, and set in the middle of it all is an huge stone that gives Finnich Glen it's nickname: The Devil’s Pulpit.
If you go, be safe and treat it with care.
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