As a child and teenager, I watched a lot of cartoons and documentaries about the loch-ness monster so I really was not going to let the chance to visit slip during a group trip to Edinburgh.
I managed to convince everyone in the group to come with, we reserved seats on a day tour bus bought a lot of snacks for the ride and made our way up The Scottish Highlands.
Scotland is made up of the Lowlands and the Highlands we set out from Edinburgh at about 9.00 or 10.00AM.
We did not need anyone to tell us when we had crossed over from the lowlands to the highlands. The
lakes, greenery, and mountains spoke for themselves. Here are a few shots I managed to take from the bus.
‘Loch’ is the Gaelic word for Lake. Loch Lochy pictured above is 162Metres deep freshwater. It is the third deepest loch of Scotland.
Our first stop was the world famous Glen Coe. Glen Coe is a glen of volcanic origins and one of the most beautiful sites of The Highlands, it is also the site of the Massacre of Glencoe…and of course part of an Iconic scene from The James Bond Movie: Skyfall.
Everyone was hungry after Glen Coe so we drove by a small town called Fort Williams to grab a bite, the pier was breath-taking and I managed to get a shot of Ben Nevis the highest mountain in Britain.
After eating the most amazing Fish and Chips I have had my entire life (Freshly caught fish) we got back on the bus on our way up to Loch Ness…! We arrived Urquhart Castle and The Loch Ness at around 1pm. Our lovely tour guide gave us instructions on how to conduct ourselves and stressed how important it was for all of us to be assembled by the lake at 3.00PM Sharp.
Urquhart Castle was once one of Scotland’s Largest Castles but now its remains are a Great Tower House, broken masonry and some other buildings. It played an important role in the struggle for Scottish Independence from the British over 500 years. Oh yea of course it seats right on the banks of the Loch Ness!
We did wait a very long time to see if the Loch Ness monster would show up, but it did not. The Loch Ness or River Ness is the second largest Scottish River after Loch Lomond, it contains more fresh water that all the lakes in England. Its deepest point is 755ft, yikes! This makes it the second deepest lake in Britain which is why it is called The Great Glen, it also never completely freezes.
The mystery of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to the 1930’s. There have been many unconfirmed sightings of a three humped creature moving around in the river throughout history. This moment, standing with my thoughts on the banks of the River Ness is one I will cherish for the rest of my life.
At 3:00pm we assembled at the meeting point where we told we were going on a boat cruise across the Loch Ness! This was the perfect end to my trip. I was filled with joy and a little fear, pretty sure everyone else on that boat was.
Although I did not see the Loch Ness monster, in one day I experienced beautiful peaceful nature in form of endless lakes and mountains, saw the highest mountain in Great Britain, stood on the same spot as James Bond (Daniel Craig) and M (Judi Dench) at Glencoe, explored the ruins of Urquhart Castle, felt the Loch Ness and cruised across it. You have to agree it really was not a bad day…
Make sure you make a trip up the highlands if you are ever in Scotland. The sights are worth it!