Meeting the monster

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Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness

The tour continued. We passed Fort William, a loch (lake) named Loch Lochy (gheheh) and the mountain Ben Nevis, famous among climbers. I was told that Ben Nevis is a mountain with a vaguely horseshoe form and it was a notoriously hard mountain to climb. While we had a short break nearby I couldn't resist trying some local whiskeys that were up for tasting in the shop we entered. At this point I had not yet taken the Whiskey Experience tour in Edinburgh so I didn't understand whiskey at all and it tasted horribly, hehe.

We made our approach to Loch Ness. We drove along the lake up to Urquhart Castle, a ruin of a small castle next to the Loch.

Nessie
This was quite a magical place as you can imagine. It was great to stand next to a castle ruin, looking over the famous Loch Ness!

There are people looking for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, every day. There are also myths about elves in the forests around the lake. Loch Ness simply has this aura of magic and mystery and it is great to be there. Our guide told us that there was a team of Japanese people to be found on the lake most of the time, looking for monsters. Urquhart Castle was one of the places where most of the sightings occured. And wouldn�t you know it? We saw it. Yes. If you don�t believe me, take a look at the pictures.

A visit to Loch Ness wouldn�t be complete without a boat trip across the lake and into the Caledonian Canal (that connects the North Sea with the Atlantic). The weather was occasionally good but rainy now and then. Our boat also had a sonar at work and we could watch the scans it took of the bottom of the lake. Unfortunately, no monster appeared. And then it was time for the long drive back to Edinburgh. We had a great day!

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Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Nessie
Nessie
A loch.
A loch.
Tasting whiskey
Tasting whiskey
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Nessie under attack!
Nessie under attack!
Nessie
Nessie
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Loch Ness
boat trip
boat trip
Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Sonar of Loch Ness
Sonar of Loch Ness
The Caledonian Canal
The Caledonian Canal
Bridge near Edinburgh
Bridge near Edinburgh
In a pub drinking well-earned ale
In a pub drinking well-earned ale
In a pub drinking well-earned ale
In a pub drinking well-earned ale
Loch Ness
photo by: asturjimmy