Inverness Travel Blog› entry 3 of 34 › view all entries
What a way to spend a birthday! I'm up in Inverness now, drove up here yesterday. For those that don't know Inverness is in Northern Scotland, and is along Loch Ness. So lets bring you up to date, yesterday we left Edinburgh and drove the 3 hours it takes to get to Inverness. Driving wasn't as hard as we thought it would be, it took a little work to get out of town and navigate all the roundabouts, but as long as you remember to always look right, you shoule be fine. No one died and the car is still in one piece. Arrived at our hostel a little after 2pm and hung out the rest of the day.
Woke up around 7 this morning, it was still raining out, but that didn't stop us from going exploring. Drove to Drumnadrochit, about a 1/2 hour south of Inverness, where Urquhart Castle is and the most Nessie sightings have occured. We spent the morning exploring the castle ruins, stepping back into history. Most of the castle was destroyed in the 1600's by the Grant clan who wanted to keep it out of their enemies hands. It was really interesting and very very wet. We haven't been dry all day.
After touring the castle, we wanted to learn about Nessie. We went to the Loch Ness Visitor center and watched a movie about the Loch and the different sightings.
Walked around the small town a bit more, doing some shopping and then headed back to our car, only to find a crowd gathered around it. Turns out a car parked above us had rolled backwards and hit another car before coming to a rest on our left rear bumper! No one was in the runaway car, but the brake was set. It was a real mess, we couldn't find the driver to the runaway car to move it right away. Anyhoo, long story short, our left rear bumper was bent and scratched and up against the rear tire so we called the rental company to tell them what happened and then the roadside assistance who would send someone out to look at it and let us know if it was driveable, in the next 2 hours! By this time it was 5pm, we were cold and tired and really wanted to go back to the hostel, but we decided to go have dinner instead at a little cafe down the street.
Back at the hostel now, sitting in the very crowded commons lounge watching some comedy. Erika just brought in a small cake covered in candles and almost set off the fire alarms! Meet our new roommates, a couple of girls from Denmark. Not sure what the plan is for tomorrow, heading back to Edinburgh, probably stopping at Sterling Castle. Anyhoo, I'll keep you posted!