Haggis Day 5
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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.
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.
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.