In Search of Loch Ness

Today I decided to take a day tour to Loch Ness, which included a cruise down the loch as well. Boats? Water? I am in!

We left early in the morning, grabbed almost a full bus load of passengers along the way and then set out. First start – Corrimony Cairn and it’s standing stones. This stone formation has been here since the Bronze Age.

Corrimony Cairns

Corrimony Cairns

From there we headed to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. Truth be told, I was expecting something fairly touristy and kitchy, but it was actually really well done. It takes you through a number of rooms, showing films along the way above different myths, legends, and fact about the area, the loch and the monster. Whom, I happened to sight when I left the building:

Loch Ness Exhibition Centre

After that, we jumped back on the bus to head to the nearby Urquhart Castle for a couple hours of exploring and to grab a quick bite to eat on the terrace. The castle was built right on the loch, so there are great views everywhere and some really interesting photos for me.

Urquhart Castle

I am always intrigued by stone work. I love the varying textures and shades of grey, the weathered look of stones, the contrast with all the colour surrounding them, their sheer power to stand up to so many elements of weather through the ages… each building has a continuity, and yet a uniqueness.

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

After lots of time to explore and enjoy, we hopped onto a boat for a 90 minute cruise down Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal to relax some more, take in the sun and just enjoy the views.

Cruising down Loch Ness

Cruising down Loch Ness

The bus picked us up and brought us back to the centre of the city.

Then it was off to a great little Italian place across the river with a new Kiwi friend, before heading back, chatting with new dormmates and heading to bed.

Where have you taken a relaxing day trip to?

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