I wouldn’t say Inverness was the main area of interest for this stop. The city itself was nothing too spectacular. Lots of houses, sketchy characters downtown, and some really great fish and chips at a local pub. We did find a pretty neat island/park in the middle of town which was a nice way to spend an afternoon, and walk off our big breakfasts.
The park had these crazy twisted log benches all over, some of which I don’t think I’d want to sit on. Definitely not the place for a nap, which I was definitely in the mood for.
Being Don’s birthday, we decided it would be a perfect day to head out and find the Tomatin Distillery just outside of town. The tour was fantastic, and there were many facts presented to us on this day. Facts about Scotch whisky and facts about the history of the distillery. These are some of the facts that you too could learn about if you went on the Tomatin Distillery tour. Bonus points if you remember any of these facts because obviously I do not. I do, however, remember that the 12 year was my favourite. Or was it the 15…
We left Inverness for the Isle of Skye and drove along the famous Loch Ness, which you may have heard of. White knuckles were plentiful on this road, which seemed far too narrow and winding for the speed limit. It seemed many of the locals did not share this opinion.
But we survived the drive and arrived at Urquhart Castle, which I was looking forward to visiting after seeing many great photos of it. Of course in all these great photos, the place was deserted. This was not the scene that greeted us. Urquhart Castle turned out to be quite the tourist destination, and while it was still awesome to see castle ruins on the edge of Loch Ness, I quickly got tired of fighting the crowds. But I did my best to get a few shots without a ton of people in them.
Did we see the Loch Ness Monster? Of course we did. Several times. Did I get a picture? Absolutely not. He doesn’t like to be photographed, and I respect that. Actually we did go to a museum devoted entirely to the history of the Loch Ness Monster. It was pretty cool to hear about all the different stories and sightings throughout history, but I couldn’t help being a little disappointed that it wasn’t more convincing of Nessie’s existence. In the end it was mostly just exposing hoaxes and proving theories wrong. But we are believers, and I’m pretty sure its down there somewhere…
The great thing about road tripping through Scotland is that it isn’t too big. Dundee to Inverness looked like a huge distance, but only took a couple hours. Although the scenery is always worthwhile, we were thankful that we never had to spend an entire day driving. Still we put on a few hundred miles in a week, and this ended up being the only picture I got of our sweet sweet Vauxhall Astra on the road to Skye! (Also featured: Lindsay)
Our last noteworthy stop was Eilean Donan Castle. The name may not ring a bell, but it has been featured in some movies and TV shows, and we later realized it was on the cover of our Lonely Planet. By this point we weren’t interested in spending too much time at another castle (so sick of castles), so we stopped for a few pictures and powered on to Skye.
The Isle of Skye was my most anticipated stop in Scotland, and it didn’t disappoint. I promise a monster blog for Skye, with an even higher photos to words ratio.