Author Archives: Luke Smith

About Luke Smith

I travel around and write about it. When I'm not travelling around, I write about whatever seems meaningful to me at the time; these are usually meditations on current events, finding ways to survive the crushing existential grind of modern civilisation or vaguely philosophical musings.

Running on fumes in Skye – From Home to End – 12

  17.7.14 Back in Preston. Our trip through the Highlands was over too fast. The further south we drove the more depressing our journey became. This is a return to civilisation. Back to the monotony that accompanies 9-5 life. Back … Continue reading

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Poor Kids in the Rich Part of Skye – Chasing Waterfalls – From Home to End – 11

15.7.14 Nearly 5am The last couple of days have been on Skye. It’s strangely pretentious here. A kind of contradiction; you are back in civilisation but not. And the food snobbery is pretty incredible. Sometimes it feels like there should … Continue reading

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Camping on Ceannabeinne Beach, Wandering Durness – From Home to End – 10

11.7.14 7.57pm We’ve been camped on Ceannabeinne beach for the last three days. Each morning, after waking up and looking across an empty stretch of sand and sea, we went up the cliff side stairs to the car and then … Continue reading

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Estate Boys in the Wild – a phone call from the edge of the island – From Home to End – 09

11.7.14 Probably around 7:30pm While we watched the boat watching the sun, a phone call took place in the back of the car, between Ben and one of his friends. A few days have past since then and this transcription … Continue reading

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Smoo Cave – Durness, Scotland – From Home to End – 08

11.7.14 Ceannabeinne Beach Yuri points out, ‘You know another good thing about this place? No advertising.’ He’s right. No roadside billboards, no flyers plastered to lampposts and buildings, no shopping centres flashing neon propaganda. No shopping centres at all. Not … Continue reading

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The Great White Wave – Driving in Sutherland – From Home to End – 07

  10.7.14 12:15am. Sutherland, Highlands. Yesterday, we took a drive in the late evening dusk, on narrow mountain roads where blind corners lead to blind corners and a mistake means a fifty foot plunge into a loch or the ocean or … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the road – Time – From Home to End 06

I never know the time here. I guess it’s about 6 or 7 pm on the ninth of July and I’ve been up basically all night. I slept for a while with my coat over me to block out the … Continue reading

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The north coast in a cloud – Durness, Laid and Tongue – From Home to End 05

The top of a mountain. Somewhere on the northern coast of Scotland. 1:53 am 9.7.14 We watched from the rise as a thick cloud approached us. It crept up the hill and along the road. A great white wave. We … Continue reading

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Escape from Loch Maree – From Home to End 04

6.7.14 Wester Ross In the past few days we’ve been escorted off the grounds of a haunted castle by a friendly Scotsman and his dogs—security guards aren’t all assholes—we’ve tried to nap by a waterfall in the early hours, only … Continue reading

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An art gallery in an abandoned school -From Home To End 03 – Lesmahagow

On the way back to the car we stopped by the abandoned school mentioned in my last post. It had lockers covered with tacked up pictures and stickers of Boyzone , stamp sized stickers of the Spice Girls, of 911. … Continue reading

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