One Woman’s Solo Bikepacking Journey Across the Scottish Highlands
Over 46 days, C.D. Seventeen pedalled, camped and explored in the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Her adventure covered over 1,060 km/660 miles. From windswept Orkney to the remote wilds of Gairloch and Applecross, C.D. Seventeen experienced the ancient landscape’s evocative, ethereal nature.
Meet C.D. Seventeen
C.D. Seventeen was born in Yunnan province in China, a place called ‘south of the clouds’. She moved to the UK at 17 to study psychology at King’s College London.
She published her debut book, The Weights We Carry, in 2023. The book blends short, lyrical poems with photography to capture the intricacies of identity, place, self-expression and belonging.
A Journey Begins
Beginning in Inverness, C.D. Seventeen pedalled north through Brora, Helmsdale and John O’Groats to catch the ferry to Orkney. After exploring the islands, she returned to Thurso. Here, she began winding her way to Burghead via Durness, Scourie and Ullapool. The Weights We Carry is a reflection on the beauty, isolation and connections of her journey, and makes for thoughtful reading.
We asked C.D. Seventeen a handful of questions about her book and her love of the Scottish wilderness below. The Weights We Carry is available via selected retailers online.