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Jul 31, 2018 - Day 10 - More Castles and Lochs

Day 10 - More Castles and Lochs We had to leave Inverness early today, unfortunately. We’re driving to Portree, on the Isle of Skye, which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland. But, it’s way on the far western side of Scotland and we’re on the eastern side right now - maybe about halfway between the center and the eastern coast. The bottom line is, it’s a long drive, and we’re not going directly there. We’re stopped at Loch Ness to do a cruise on the loch, which takes us to another castle, Castle Urquhart, which is...

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Jun 22, 2017 - Hogwarts Express

Today's highlight was to be our ride on the steam train and viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter movies. After an enormous and delicious breakfast provided by Lynne, I was collected by Howard and we then headed to Fort Williams where we would board the train and travel for about 2 hrs to the seaport town of Malaig. Howard had given us the option of walking ahead of the train to take photos of it as it crossed the Viaduct and then catching it at the next stop. All but 4 of us took him up on this and it was fabulous. The views of not only...

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Jun 21, 2017 - My "Outlander" Experience

This morning I was out the door of the air bnb by 7.30am as I wanted to get to the tour pick-up point early, check in and then have some breakfast. It was a 15 minute walk from Keith's home to the Tour office check-in counter. This was situated in a very nice cafe. I arrived with 30 minutes to spare, which allowed me time to have a filling breakfast and great cup of coffee. In the cafe it turned out, there were quite a few of my fellow travelers also doing the same thing. There ended up being 2 buses on our particular tour; a larger one...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Loch Ness - 2

Today, under cloudy and cool skies, I attended my first highland gathering and games, called the Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games. I was not sure what to expect, and it turned out to be a very pleasant experience for a number of reasons. This event reminded me of a type of county fair with rides, booths selling lots of stuff, and athletic events. I could tell that people from the area looked forward to participating, either as an athletic entrant or an attendee. As you will see from some of the pictures, people of varying ages...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Loch Ness

This day's adventure centered around Loch Ness. As you may know, Loch in Scottish means Lake. Loch Ness is part of a geological area called the Great Glen, which was formed through a combination of seismic activity and glacial movement. In fact, the loch actually sits on an active fault line. It holds more fresh water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England put together. The Loch is a mile wide at its widest point, is 39 kilometers long, and has an average depth of 132 meters (or 396 feet). Its deepest part is further down than the...

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Jul 25, 2016 - Beware the Loch! (Or at least the new cannoer on it)

New hotel and pleantly of wifi! Yay Scotland! Any who, we drove from Isle of Skye to Iverness today (where Loch Ness is) and On our way we learned about these mountains standing all next to each other. Five in total. The myth is th at there where seven beautiful princesses and the king could not find eligible suitors for them in Scotland. So one day two Irish princes came to there land and fell in love with the oldest two princesses. The king, deeming them worthy, said they could marry his daughters as long as they brought home to Scotland...

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May 6, 2015 - Loch Ness

Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch (lake) in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 23 miles southwest of Inverness. It is best known for alleged sightings. Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 22 sq. mi.after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 755 ft. making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. We spent most of today exploring the Loch...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Isle of Skye, Loch Ness & Glencoe

I took the 3-day bus tour with Haggis Adventure Company. We were taken to Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre, Loch Ness, search for the monster, Eilean Donan CastleIsle of Skye's myths, legends and stunning scenery and finally, Culloden Battlefield, site of the last major battle on British soil. Day 1: Edinburgh to Loch Ness We leave Scotland's capital and head past the capital of Stirling, home to legends such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and scene of many of Scotland's most famous and bloody battles in the Wars of...

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Jun 14, 2012 - No Nessie and no rain

This morning we took an hour boat ride out of Fort Augustus on Loch Ness and heard all about its famous monster, Nessie. It was a pretty ride but the only Nessie we saw was the clever decal on the boat windows for us to photograph with water in the background! A beautiful drive on A82 south from Loch Ness, through Invegarry, Kingussie, to Glen Coe, over a mountain pass (Rannon Moo, elev. 1142 ft.) with spectacular scenery down to Tyndrum and Crianlarich to Loch Lomond. The Glen Coe Pass area is a wonderful area of natural wilderness and...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Scottish Highlands

Some sunshine today! The first in several days we haven't had to wear raincoats. Blair Castle & Gardens were our destination this morning. At the end of a tree-lined avenue we found that unlike so many stone castles, this one was white with black trim, dating from 1279. The main hall contained a spectacular display of guns, spears, swords and armor! The interior was a fine Georgian mansion with marvelous pieces of antique furniture and handmade needlepoint upholstery and embroideries made by the ladies of the house. (Again, no inside...

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Aug 7, 2009 - Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle is located on Loch Ness about 30 miles inland from Inverness. Given its location, it was a crucial strategic stronghold and thus had suffered many sieges over the centuries. The current ruined state was the result of a major attack by siege engines, including the famed medieval trebuchet. The trebuchet was an improvement over the catapult in that it was able to sling it load, in this case a large, rounded boulder weighing upwards of 200 pounds, in a high, wide arc that carried it further and with greater destructive energy....

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Jul 27, 2009 - Edinburgh, day 2: the Highlands and Loch Ness

Saturday morning, the five of us went on a full-day tour of the Scottish Highlands and Lochs. Our guide was really fun and friendly, and he was also wearing a kilt, which we all got a kick out of. It was nice because our bus was smaller and we only had 13 people on the tour, which made it a lot more personal and easy to ask questions, as well as see better out of the bus. We covered something like 320 miles the whole day, and from the map our driver showed us, we saw a good chunk of the whole country. We made a bunch of stops throughout the...

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