Friday, July 31, 2009

Loch Ness Minus the Monster | UK Adventure Part VII

After a splendid day climbing around castles and dining in Inverness, we were ready to do it all over again.

So, we made our way along the lochs--think lakes--to the famous Loch Ness. Naturally, this was the very definition of tourist trap. I didn't see many shops or cafes that weren't touting some sort of connection with the fabled monster, so we tried our best to bypass all of that. We failed.

Nevertheless, the day was really quite lovely...and it became lovelier when we made it to Glencoe. But, I'm going to devote an entire blog post later to that lovely spot of earth because it's really worth it!

Loch Ness is a very deep lake, which makes for good reflections. Unfortunately, we saw it on a hazy day.
Loch Ness

The biggest tourist tra--I mean, local castle.

I thought this was kind of neat.

Urquhart Castle has a rather sad history--lots of switching hands and bloody battles. The last owners blew the gate up so no one would use it anymore.

I climbed down to the shoreline, despite there being a gate in the way (hey there was a path).

Drive by shooting--basically there's several lochs along the way from Loch Ness.

Massive memorial in the middle of nowhere.

Quaint town of Fort William. We lunched and souvenir shopped here.

13th Century Inverlochy Castle.
Inverlochy Castle

Now, you must stay tuned, for the best is yet to come...

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