The Legend of Nessie

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Skimming Stones near Ullapool

On the 31st of May, after Ullapool we headed to the battle site of Culloden where the Scots had their last stand against the English. Many Scots were killed including their children and wifes who were to the side of the battle. There were mass graves of clans that are burried uder a single grave stone for each clan. Families must still visit as their were many flowers around the stones. From here we made our way to the 'Callanish Standing Stones' one of the oldest burial sites known to man, at 4000 to 5000 years old. It was a very erie place as it is perfectly lined up with the magnetic lines of the Earth. After stopping off for photos of Urquhart Castle on the Loch Ness we made our way to a tourist centre: 'The Clansmen'.

The Crew - Fort Augustus
Here we learnt about the old ways, the type of clothing, house, weapons and general lifestyle. It was a very well spent £3.50.. We then made our way to our Hostel and watched Bravehart.

Friday the 1st of June started off at a Whiskey Distillery. Em hated the whiskey but I found it rather warming. From here we made our way to 'Glen Nevis' the great valley where we did a bush walk. An hours walking lead us to this great grass area next a river with Steel Falls in the background. It was a beautiful day in a relaxing environment. We had a picnic and explore the waterfall. We were rather tired after the hour walk back but the journey was well worth it. We then headed back to Fort Augustus where we had Haggis for dinner. Rather tasty but too rich to eat all the time. Our last night ended with a few pints and a local scottish singer.

Today, 2nd of June, we headed back towards Edinburg. We had two major stops on our war. The first was to the edges of Loch Ness where we danced and sung attempting to bring Nessie to the surface. The monster never showed up but the locals assured us that there was something in the lake, although it is a common belief that they are Giant Eels. We then atopped off at an old Cathedral, from the 16th century, that was a little worse for ware but ver picturess.

Back in Edinburgh now and Em and I are stoked that we came to Scotland for the week. We are looking forward to our next destination.

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Skimming Stones near Ullapool
Skimming Stones near Ullapool
The Crew - Fort Augustus
The Crew - Fort Augustus
Ema, Erica & Cunny having a laugh
Ema, Erica & Cunny having a laugh
Some of the Kiwis on Tour
Some of the Kiwi's on Tour
Trying to convince one of the boys…
Trying to convince one of the boy…
A few quiets - Fort Augustus
A few quiets - Fort Augustus
I found Nessie - Loch Ness
I found Nessie - Loch Ness
Our Tour Guide Playing Banjo
Our Tour Guide Playing Banjo
The 16th Century Cathedral
The 16th Century Cathedral
The Haggis Bus (& us relaxing afte…
The Haggis Bus (& us relaxing aft…
One of the mass burial sites from …
One of the mass burial sites from…
One of the Callanish Standing Sto…
One of the 'Callanish Standing St…
Urquhart Castle - Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle - Loch Ness
Some of the tour dressed up - The …
Some of the tour dressed up - The…
Callanish Standing Stones (4000 …
'Callanish Standing Stones' (4000…
THe Glen Nevis walk with Steel Fal…
THe Glen Nevis walk with Steel Fa…
The Journey to Steel Falls begins
The Journey to Steel Falls begins
Our Guides dancing moves
Our Guides dancing moves
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