Looking for Nessie

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Inverness bus station.

I was woken after a good night's rest with sun streaming past the blind. Unfortunately within a couple of hours the clouds rolled in, but no rain, for the time being.

I went down for breakfast, greeting some B&Bers and had some cereal and juice. I finally got to meet Catriona, one of the owerns, who brought me a lovely big pot of tea and toast, then a huge hot breakfast (sausage, egg, tattie scone (aka potato bread), butcher's bacon (aka peameal bacon) and some other kind of sausage, fried tomatoes and mushrooms). I ate a lot of it, but it was just too much to eat it all!

After breakfast I wandered in the direction of the bus station to get my tour bus. As I found out, the bus station is waaay back from Church Street and not really obvious when you look down the road it sits on!

I was greeted by George, our amusing driver and tour guide for the bus portion, and hopped on the wee coach.

Tour bus.
Once the few other tour takers were onboard, we were off!

We stopped at the Loch Ness Exhibition (okay if a bit cheesy), Corrimony Cairn (interesting if a bit short on time to check it out) and Urquhart Castle (lovely area with great views). From the castle we caught a boat that took us on Loch Ness (no Nessie sightings though!) and then down the Caledonian Canal where we caught the bus back to the city centre.

All in all a fairly decent tour, but I think I'd just recommend the boat part as I found it to be the best part of the tour, other than the gorgeous scenery at Urquhart.

Once back in town, I wandered down to the river to take some more pictures before doing some last minute shopping, then finally going in search of dinner. I went back to the Auctioneers and had tea (needed to warm up!) and a really good Chicken Tikka Masala with a pappadum and a lovely tangy mango chutney on the side.

Lock on the Caledonian Canal.
I had been tempted to have sticky pudding again, but by the time I finished dinner, I knew I was far too stuffed. So instead I stopped in the grocery cooperative across the street and picked up a Curly Wurly along with my water bottle for the next day. LOL!

Yet again it was light until fairly late, something I was very much enjoying! I wrote my postcards to send from Inverness, and then as I sat on my bed writing out my thoughts for the day shortly after 11pm, I heard what sounded like a low-flying helicopter woosh overhead. I'd seen a couple of jets zooming around during the day and shrugged it off, but I was now wondering what was up! Military maneuvers? I decided to let it go for the night and ask my host in the morning.

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Inverness bus station.
Inverness bus station.
Tour bus.
Tour bus.
Lock on the Caledonian Canal.
Lock on the Caledonian Canal.
Lock on the Caledonian Canal.
Lock on the Caledonian Canal.
The Loch Ness Centre, first stop o…
The Loch Ness Centre, first stop …
Sign along the road.
Sign along the road.
Sign along the road in Scotch Gael…
Sign along the road in Scotch Gae…
Fake Nessie in a pond by the Loch …
Fake Nessie in a pond by the Loch…
Near the Loch Ness Centre.
Near the Loch Ness Centre.
Near the Loch Ness Centre.
Near the Loch Ness Centre.
Hill near the Loch Ness Centre.
Hill near the Loch Ness Centre.
Sign next to the entrance of the L…
Sign next to the entrance of the …
Tree in the Corrimony Nature Reser…
Tree in the Corrimony Nature Rese…
Sign in the Corrimony Nature Reser…
Sign in the Corrimony Nature Rese…
In the Corrimony Nature Reserve.
In the Corrimony Nature Reserve.
Sign to the Corrimony Cairn.
Sign to the Corrimony Cairn.
Sign at the Corrimony Cairn.
Sign at the Corrimony Cairn.
Corrimony Cairn from the side.
Corrimony Cairn from the side.
George, our tour guide and driver,…
George, our tour guide and driver…
Corrimony Cairn.
Corrimony Cairn.
Me at the Corrimony Cairn.
Me at the Corrimony Cairn.
Standing stone at the Corrimony Ca…
Standing stone at the Corrimony C…
Standing stone at the Corrimony Ca…
Standing stone at the Corrimony C…
Corrimony Cairn.
Corrimony Cairn.
Corrimony Cairn.
Corrimony Cairn.
Corrimony Cairn.
Corrimony Cairn.
Corrimony Nature Reserve.
Corrimony Nature Reserve.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
View on the pathway down to Urquha…
View on the pathway down to Urquh…
Trebuchet at Urquhart Castle.
Trebuchet at Urquhart Castle.
Me in front of the trebuchet at Ur…
Me in front of the trebuchet at U…
Sign explaining the trebuchet.
Sign explaining the trebuchet.
Celtic designs on the trebuchet wh…
Celtic designs on the trebuchet w…
Pathway leading to Urquhart Castle.
Pathway leading to Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
View of Urquhart Castle.
View of Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Ruins of the gatehouse at Urquhart…
Ruins of the gatehouse at Urquhar…
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Entrance to Urquhart Castle.
Entrance to Urquhart Castle.
Entrance to Urquhart Castle.
Entrance to Urquhart Castle.
Entrance to Urquhart Castle.
Entrance to Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Door to the guard lodge at Urquhar…
Door to the guard lodge at Urquha…
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Way to the prison at Urquhart Cast…
Way to the prison at Urquhart Cas…
Prison at Urquhart Castle.
Prison at Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
View at Urquhart Castle.
View at Urquhart Castle.
Bed recess at Urquhart Castle.
Bed recess at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Corn-drying kiln at Urquhart Castl…
Corn-drying kiln at Urquhart Cast…
Pathway at Urquhart Castle.
Pathway at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Stable block at Urquhart Castle.
Stable block at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Water gate at Urquhart Castle.
Water gate at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Stairs down to the water at Urquha…
Stairs down to the water at Urquh…
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Smithy at Urquhart Castle.
Smithy at Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Dovecot at Urquhart Castle.
Dovecot at Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Motte at Urquhart Castle.
Motte at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Flowers at Urquhart Castle.
Flowers at Urquhart Castle.
View from Urquhart Castle.
View from Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Kitchen at Urquhart Castle.
Kitchen at Urquhart Castle.
Bakehouse at Urquhart Castle.
Bakehouse at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
View at Urquhart Castle.
View at Urquhart Castle.
Chapel at Urquhart Castle.
Chapel at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Tower house of Urquhart Castle.
Tower house of Urquhart Castle.
Outer close at Urquhart Castle.
Outer close at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
View of Loch Ness from Urquhart Ca…
View of Loch Ness from Urquhart C…
Ruins at Urquhart Castle.
Ruins at Urquhart Castle.
Tower house at Urquhart Castle.
Tower house at Urquhart Castle.
View of Loch Ness at Urquhart Cast…
View of Loch Ness at Urquhart Cas…
Tower house at Urquhart Castle.
Tower house at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
People working on the inner close …
People working on the inner close…
View of Loch Ness at Urquhart Cast…
View of Loch Ness at Urquhart Cas…
View through a window at Urquhart …
View through a window at Urquhart…
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Stairs up and down in the Grant To…
Stairs up and down in the Grant T…
Entrance to the private chamber at…
Entrance to the private chamber a…
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Private chamber at Urquhart Castle.
Private chamber at Urquhart Castle.
Private chamber at Urquhart Castle.
Private chamber at Urquhart Castle.
View of Loch Ness at Urquhart Cast…
View of Loch Ness at Urquhart Cas…
View south from the Tower house.
View south from the Tower house.
View of Loch Ness at Urquhart Cast…
View of Loch Ness at Urquhart Cas…
Cellar at Urquhart Castle.
Cellar at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Sign at Urquhart Castle.
Cellar at Urquhart Castle.
Cellar at Urquhart Castle.
Stairs down to the cellar at Urquh…
Stairs down to the cellar at Urqu…
Tower house at Urquhart Castle.
Tower house at Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.
Tower house through the trees at U…
Tower house through the trees at …
Me at Urquhart Castle.
Me at Urquhart Castle.
Jacobite Queen, my tour boat!
Jacobite Queen, my tour boat!
View of Urquhart Castle from the w…
View of Urquhart Castle from the …
View of Urquhart Castle from the w…
View of Urquhart Castle from the …
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
View of Urquhart Castle from the w…
View of Urquhart Castle from the …
View of Urquhart Castle from the w…
View of Urquhart Castle from the …
View of Urquhart Castle from the w…
View of Urquhart Castle from the …
View of Urquhart Castle from the w…
View of Urquhart Castle from the …
View of Urquhart Castle from the w…
View of Urquhart Castle from the …
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scottish flag flying on the boat.
Scottish flag flying on the boat.
Me on the boat.
Me on the boat.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Scenery along Loch Ness.
Someones home on Loch Ness.
Someone's home on Loch Ness.
Heading into the Caledonian Canal.
Heading into the Caledonian Canal.
Heading into the Caledonian Canal.
Heading into the Caledonian Canal.
Boat along the Caledonian Canal.
Boat along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Swan along the Caledonian Canal.
Swan along the Caledonian Canal.
Sign along the Caledonian Canal. T…
Sign along the Caledonian Canal. …
A lock along the Caledonian Canal.
A lock along the Caledonian Canal.
The bell on the Jacobite Queen.
The bell on the Jacobite Queen.
Sign in the toilet of the Jacobite…
Sign in the toilet of the Jacobit…
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
Scenery along the Caledonian Canal.
The Town House, Inverness.
The Town House, Inverness.
Sign (in English and Scotch Gaelic…
Sign (in English and Scotch Gaeli…
Inverness, along the River Ness.
Inverness, along the River Ness.
Inverness, along the River Ness.
Inverness, along the River Ness.
Inverness Castle, which is now the…
Inverness Castle, which is now th…
St. Andrews Cathedral along the R…
St. Andrew's Cathedral along the …
Church up the street from the Rive…
Church up the street from the Riv…
Inverness, along the River Ness.
Inverness, along the River Ness.
Inverness, along the River Ness.
Inverness, along the River Ness.
The Auctioneers, a restaurant in I…
The Auctioneers, a restaurant in …
My Chicken Tikka Masala dinner at …
My Chicken Tikka Masala dinner at…
Picture showing the sticky toffee …
Picture showing the sticky toffee…
View from my window at the guest h…
View from my window at the guest …
Inverness
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