The Highlands, Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness

While staying in Edinburgh, Rob and I decided to take a guided trip to The Highlands and Loch Ness with Scotline Tours. We left Edinburgh rather early (8 am) and headed straight for the highlands. Our tourguide, Mike seemed to know everything about Scotland and had a good sense of humor as well so the trip was never quiet 🙂 My favorite joke was “Ye say we don’t know what’s in the Haggis – Well YOU don’t know what’s in the McDonalds!” After a coffee/breakfast stop we headed up to Glen Coe, the site of the 1962 massacre. The mountains were absolutely beautiful and the sun was coming out from the clouds every now and then making it all rather magical.

 

(Photostop – WINDY!)

After driving for a few more hours we arrived at Loch Ness and Uquhart Castle. This was probably the highlight of the whole trip for me, even if we didn’t see the Loch Ness Monster.The Castle is mostly gone, leaving a dramatic ruin right in front of the loch and the surrounding nature was also beautiful. We walked around in the ruin for about 90 minutes before taking a guided boat trip on the loch. Rob and I stayed in the front of the boat (somehow hardly anyone wanted to sit there, perhaps because it was a little cold) and had a great view the entire time. Towards the end of the trip a beautiful rainbow got more and more visible, making the view even more awesome 🙂

The guide was waiting for us at the end of the boattrip to take us back to Edinburgh. This took about 3-4 hours, but they put on some music (and I brought my own  as well) so this was no problem. As we drove in to Edinburgh we had a great view of Forth Bridge:
Im happy that I got to see a bit more of Scotland while I was there 🙂

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