Leaving Inverness to find ourselves a monster!

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Greig St Bridge, Inverness

We were up early.. well Matt was. But we were out of the hostel pretty quick the next morning. It was time for Ashley to leave us, as she was continuing on with her travels. So we went with her to the bus station to say our goodbyes. After that we wanted breaky and we wanted to see the city by day. We found ourselves a Wetherspoons around the corner (seeing a pattern?) and got ourselves some food. We lounged around in the couches, almost daring one another to fall asleep on them. We got moving eventually, down to the river and over the bridge we'd crossed the night before. Inverness is beautiful along the river, especially in Autumn. Rich golds, oranges and fiery reds were the theme colour amongst all the trees and it was in beautiful contrast to the clear blue sky and deep blue of the river.

The roadtrip crew

We wandered along the river, checking out our surroundings and taking photos. We wandered on up to the castle, amused by the bunnies that hid under the shrubs on the banks. The castle is really a glorified courthouse, more impressive of a night than during the day, but still - impressive. Bondy stopped to talk to a seagull for awhile, calling it an idiot as it stamped its feet on the soil and asking 'What you doin?!?!'. Matt smartly pointed out that with the movement, the gull was probably trying to tease worms to the surface. Bondy - was still flabbergasted and continued to talk to it.

We checked out the Victorian markets and hunted for souveniers representing the much beloved 'hairy cuws'. Postcards, stuffed toys and chocolates later, we were back to the car to continue our journey.

Beautiful Inverness
Our next stop was the Loch Ness. We'd be psyching each other up to take a dip in the famous waters the night before and were keen to hunt for Nessie. Bondy gave up the navigators position, handing me the map he jumped in the backseat and went to sleep. It was pretty easy to navigate out of the city and to the Loch. We'd picked up a couple of brochures at the Visitors Centre and were keen to take a cruise around the Loch. It was a spectacular drive as we coasted out of the city, amongst forest and eventually along the edge of the Loch. I was so jealous of Matt at that point, would have enjoyed being behind the wheel during that drive. The roads are smooth and have the best views.

It took us maybe 15 minutes to get to the Loch. It was a much shorter drive than we'd anticipated and we got tickets for the 12pm cruise on the Jacobite.

The inky black waters of the Ness
We had a few minutes before we had to board the boat so we thought we'd do a prelim test of the water. Cold.. but not too bad. We'd see about this dip after the cruise. We got on board, climbing up top and find ourselves seats. We were so lucky with the weather. Cold but clear and sunny with a few clouds. As we got started along the Loch I began to realise just how huge it is! Its 750ft deep at its deepest, and the largerst body of water in the UK. Larger than all the bodies of water in England and Wales put together even. Somehow I never envisioned it being so big! We were all quite impressed. We listened to the commentary that fought with the wind as we learnt its history and of the famous Loch Ness monster. There are a few dedicated nuts still spending lots of money out there trying to find her!

We cruised past Urquhart Castle, beautiful crumbling ruins resting along the shores of the Loch Ness.

Urquhart Castle on the Loch Ness
It would have been magnificent in its day! The cruise went for about an hour. We didn't cover a huge portion of the Loch, simply as its too big! Haha. Once back on shore we went in for another test of the water. We took off our shoes, rolled up our jeans and waded out into the water. Ankle deep was probably as much as we managed. It was FREEZING! Somehow managing to plummet in temperature in the last hour we got our and nursed our frost bitten feet. You may think I'm exaggerating - I'm not. Nessie died long, long ago. She's probably frozen solid at the bottom. So much for our dip.. it probably wouldn't even be possible in summer.

We went back up to the Visitor centre to tour the souvenier shop and stop for lunch. It was nice and relaxed and we enjoyed warming up and getting feeling back into our southern extremities. After that we continued on, our final destination to be the Isle of Skye.

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Greig St Bridge, Inverness
Greig St Bridge, Inverness
The roadtrip crew
The roadtrip crew
Beautiful Inverness
Beautiful Inverness
The inky black waters of the Ness
The inky black waters of the Ness
Urquhart Castle on the Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle on the Loch Ness
Na- too cold!
Na- too cold!
Anna, Bond an I with Ness
Anna, Bond an I with Ness
Inverness
Inverness
Bondy and his gull
Bondy and his gull
Matt testing the waters.
Matt testing the waters.
Beautiful autumn colours
Beautiful autumn colours
Ready for a dip
Ready for a dip
Loch Ness
photo by: asturjimmy