Still a grey and rainy day when we approached Loch Ness. This mysterious lake is huge!! Actually it can fit all people living on this earth,- and of course, a sea monster! We didn’t actually see it but the Loch Ness Visitor Centre told us all about how people through generations has been looking, photographing, filming, diving etc. to actually find this monster.
Urquhart Castle is an old castle ruin dated back to the 13th century. The castle has been destroyed and rebuild several times and it’s history throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress was particularly bloody. Following Edward I’s invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle and glen were frequently raided from the west by the ambitious MacDonald Lords of the Isles. The castle is rather impressive and well worth a visit.
We headed off to Inverness and our hotel by the Ness river. The Columba Hotel is set in a Victorian building with nice rooms, rather old though. Our kids bathroom was a walk down the British memory lane!
A bit expensive but very central with a few minutes walk to city centre and a nice view over the Inverness castle. This town is not too big with good shopping and several nice restaurants. We had a great Indian dinner at the Cinnamon restaurant and then my husband and I visited Hootananny, the local pub known for it’s live Scottish music and guys in kilts. Then again, they only come out for weekends, so when we visited the pub the music was fabulous, the local Black Isles beer tasty, but no kilts around – and still no hairy cows! We might find them tomorrow when we will visit the battlefield of Culloden, Cawdor castle and the sandy beaches of Nairn. Hang on!