After London and Dundee & Edinburgh came The West Highland Way. This was the final portion of our UK vacation and it was spectacular! Imagine, four days of hiking in the highlands with lush valleys and impressive mountains finished by a fifth day up Ben Nevis. This was the most memorable part of the vacation and I would recommend hiking the West Highland Way if you are in Scotland.
Our trip to the United Kingdom started in 2008 when my mom and dad decided they wanted to take a trip and visit the land my dad’s ancestors had immigrated from. My dad’s sisters had been a few years earlier and had found the town where the Dryden clan originated from and this inspired my dad to want to go there. They started talking about it during the winter of 2008 and had decided they would probably go the summer of 2009 or 2010. Unfortunately, this would be too late, as my father was unexpectedly diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in February 2009 and passed away three months later. There was talk after he passed away that my mom and my dad’s sisters would go anyway however, I got the feeling more time was needed after his passing to be able to go on this trip without him.