South shoreline of Loch Ness looking east.
Today we did our circle tour of Loch Ness. The loch is about 20 miles long, I figured, how long could it take. Well it was an all day experience. Our B&B is on the south side of the loch. The north side is the more touristy side, so the road on our side was much more relaxed. We stopped a couple of times to take pictures and just admire the view. The shore of the loch is composed of a very rocky shoreline. We had great time skipping stones. I threw one rock and it just kept on bouncing. Bobby said at least 20 times. I am a rock skipping legend! We kept on driving and stopped at a village called Foyes. There are some famous (at least in Foyes) water falls here. We took the hike down to see. It was pretty. We then kept on our drive around the loch.
At one point we stopped along the road side so the boys could play with some of the snow that was still on the ground (very little).
South shoreline of Loch Ness...looking west.
The boys wanted to have a snow ball fight.
Dad did not feel like it, so I stayed in the car.
They made a couple of snow balls and threw them at each other. They then started to make some mega snow balls.
Brian hit Bobby with his and took off running. I could see he was running for the safety of the car, so just before he got to the door…I locked it J The look on his face when he heard the lock cycle was priceless.
He had to keep on running. Bobby stopped chasing him, and went on making his snowball even bigger.
Brian lost sight of what they were doing. He went down a slight embankment. I thought, that is not smart. And Bobby pegged him.
The boys then decided that their hands were to cold and we resumed our drive.
We drove into a town at the south end of Loch Ness.
Beach where dad became a rock skipping legend!
We we got out to look at some sights Brian could not find his cam corder. We ended up driving back to where the boys had had their snowball fight.
But we could not find it.
When we got back into the car, Bobby found the camera in a small pocket in the seat in front of where Brian was sitting…argggg!
We then drove onto the Urquhart Castle. Urquhart Castle is an old ruined castle on the north side of the Loch. It was pretty cool. Brian thought it was great. I told him was it pretty nice…I can’t wait until he sees Edinburgh Castle. It will amaze him.
Another loch shoreline picture...it was just pretty and peaceful, well except for two young boys throwing anything that was not bolted down into the loch.
We walked around the castle and took a lot of pictures. We had lunch here (probably a mistake, the prices were outrageous) and then drove onto a Loch Nest Monster exhibit.
It was very well done, and the boys enjoyed it.
Afterward we drove back to the B&B.
I must be getting more used to the driving here. I had the laptop with me, but did not need to get it out. I found our way back no problem.
Tomorrow we are going to go the Culloden Battlefield site. This is the location where British routed the highlander army of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746. The rest of the day will be spent exploring Inverness itself. It is called the capitol of the Highlands. It seems like a cute little town. We can see many churches, and old buildings. I also have to find a bank to cash in some travelers cheques. I thought I could use my credit card to pay for the B&B, but I was wrong.