Sometimes the weight of civilization can be overwhelming. The fast pace … the burdens of relationships … the political strife … the technological complexity — it’s enough to make you dream of escaping to a simpler life more in touch with nature. For most that dream translates into an occasional weekend camping trip, but there are some people — critics of civilization, activists, spiritualists or mere free spirits — who have taken the idea to the extreme. Some call them naive or radical, but others consider them inspirational. You decide: here are 7 individuals who gave up on civilization to live in the wild.
Loch Lomond is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault. It is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area. The loch contains many islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest fresh-water island in the British Isles. Loch Lomond is a popular leisure destination and is featured in the song “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond”.
The loch contains thirty or more other islands. Depending on the water level. Several of them are large by the standards of British bodies of freshwater. Inchmurrin, for example, is the largest island in a body of freshwater in the British Isles. As in Loch Tay, several of the islands appear to be crannogs, artificial islands built in prehistoric periods.
English travel writer, H.V. Morton wrote:
What a large part of Loch Lomond’s beauty is due to its islands, those beautiful green tangled islands, that lie like jewels upon its surface.
One of the loch’s islands, Inchconnachan, is home to a colony of wallabies.
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