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Hiking through the Highlands

We had driven along Loch Ness in the afternoon of day 4, but today was our day to spend on the loch.  Before we did that, we spent the morning hiking through some of the bens (mountains (large hills, really)) of the Scottish north.  Along these particular bens are several caves that we spent some the exploring.

After the caves, we went to a whiskey distillery!  After all, how can you spend any amount of time in Scotland and not check one of these out?  We got a tour of the whole place and even had a chance to sample the stuff.  It was definitely everything I had expected, and then some  :)

Our last stop before reaching Inverness was right outside of town.  It was here that we learned more about the history of Scotland and about the people.

Glen Old Distillery
  The individual running the place told us about Scottish dress and the type of weapons they used while fighting.  He himself had one some of the gear and one of the people from our group was able to dress up as well.  The kilts that the Scottish wear today come from the clothes they wore hundreds of years ago, although the kilts of back then are quite different.  It was here we learned more about how the Scots faught and lived.

While Inverness is not terribly large, there is obviously some tourism due to the Loch Ness Monster.   There are also several different opinions on the monster and it's existence.  In the late afternoon, we all boarded a boat and headed out onto the Loch.  This wasn't any ordinary boat, nor was there an ordinary captain.

On Loch Ness
  While the deck of the boat seemed normal enough, once you go below it's a whole different story.  Large viewing windows make up the walls of the ship.  Large computer screens line one wall, with equipment below the boat constantly searching for life...large life.

Near those computer screens are pictures, screenshots, and the like showing the Loch Ness Monster.  From large red dots on scanning equipment to actual pictures of the beast on the water, it's enough to make you wonder.  The captain is a die hard believer, and he has no problem telling you so.  In fact, he'll tell you all the stories about how and when he saw the monster.  It was a really neat experience to be out on the loch searching for the monster...if you look at the pictures you can see I got a picture of it!

The Loch Ness Monster is a mysterious topic, and a question that has not been answered.  As long as it remains that way, the people are happy.  If the monster is ever discovered, the town will be swarmed with media.  If it's disproven, tourism will leave the city.  It's just one of those things better left a mystery.

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Hiking through the Highlands
Hiking through the Highlands
Glen Old Distillery
Glen Old Distillery
On Loch Ness
On Loch Ness
Hiking to the hills
Hiking to the hills
Hiking through the Highlands
Hiking through the Highlands
Hiking through the Highlands
Hiking through the Highlands
Hiking through the Highlands
Hiking through the Highlands
Attire of Scots
Attire of Scots
Learning the ways of battle
Learning the ways of battle
Inverness
Inverness
On Loch Ness
On Loch Ness
Into the Loch
Into the Loch
The monster!!
The monster!!
On Loch Ness
On Loch Ness
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