Is That Nessie?

Fort Augustus Travel Blog

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At the Caledonian Canals at Fort Augustus. The smallest lighthouse in Britain on the left middle ground and the former St. Benedict's Abbey in the background.
We headed west on A87 then northeast on A82 to get to Loch Ness. The morning sun that graced our departure from the Isle of Skye had disappeared under a thick cloak of fog as we entered the Highlands. I napped the whole ride there because the fog obscured the glens, beinns, and lochs we were driving past.

The fog also permeated the town of Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness, so much so that visibility was at a minimum. Alex parked the mini coach alongside the Caledonian Canal locks.
We had about an hour-long break so Mar and I walked down Oich Road to get to the shore of Loch Ness.
Dipping my feet into Loch Ness
  At the shoreline just off the Caledonian Canal locks was a another mini coach filled with Asian tourists. Many of them were at the water's edge wading into it or washing their faces with the loch water. They were probably told the same old wives tale that Alex told us just before we disembarked the mini coach...something about good luck or long life or everlasting youth if you touch the waters of Loch Ness. One man was forcing his son to wade into the water and the son was adamantly refusing to do it.

Well, old wives tale or not, I decided to follow suit. I found a big enough rock to sit on by the loch's edge and proceeded to untie my boots and take off my socks. OH BOY the water was frigid! Just touching the surface with the bottoms of my feet sent a chill directly to my spine. I dipped my feet in just to below where the ankle meets the foot. I quickly dried my feet off with the outer side of my sock before putting socks on! Only time will tell if I have good luck, long life, or everlasting youth...hahahah!

Too bad the fog obscurred our view of Loch Ness and dashed my hopes of catching a glimpse of Nessie!
Fortunately a bunch of local swans came by to entertain us or perhaps they were looking for a free meal. On our return back to the mini coach, we walked along the canal and the empty docks and moorings.

We had some time before meeting up with the mini coach so we ducked into the nearest establishment, The Moorings,  for some nourishment.
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At the Caledonian Canals at Fort A…
At the Caledonian Canals at Fort …
Dipping my feet into Loch Ness
Dipping my feet into Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Uh...definitely NOT Nessie!
Uh...definitely NOT Nessie!
At the Loch Ness jetty
At the Loch Ness jetty
Swans waiting to be fed
Swans waiting to be fed
On the moorings of the Caledonian …
On the moorings of the Caledonian…
Mar at the Caledonian Canal with t…
Mar at the Caledonian Canal with …
At least she touched the waters of…
At least she touched the waters o…
Mar at the jetty
Mar at the jetty
Mar makes friends everywhere!
Mar makes friends everywhere!
Their reflection looks like Nessie!
Their reflection looks like Nessie!
Fort Augustus in the mist
Fort Augustus in the mist
Fort Augustus Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Just Because We Were Hungry...
The Moorings is a small dining establishment facing the canal in Fort Augustus near Loch Ness. This place is very much a tourist trap to serve the … read entire review
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