River beside holiday home
We arrived in Drumnadrochit on the west shore of Loch Ness to stay at the Lochness hotel and exhibition centre for 2 nights. Brian's friend owns the hotel so we got a B&B special price of 15 pound each per night.
We decided to take a drive around the area; up some of the back country roads ( what was I thinking) - these roads can be quite narrow and in addition to pulling over, where possible, to let those drivers go by who are aching to pass me, you have to watch for animals crossing the road or grazing on the road. However we did see some wonderful sites - Agnes and Terry this is certainly an area to look into hiking as the north of Scotland is full of trails.
Lochness at its deepest point is 230 m (755 ft), deeper than any other loch except Loch Morar. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined, and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south of Scotland.
On the shores of Loch ness lies the ruins of Urquhart Castle that dates back to the 6th century. Though extensively ruined, it was in its day one of the largest strongholds of medieval Scotland, and remains an impressive structure, splendidly situated on a headland overlooking Loch Ness. It is also near this castle that the majority of Nessie sightings occur. Aye perhaps we will be in for a Nessie sighting!
Can you see Nessie in the background? Sorry I think she went underwater just as I was taking this photo!
We have picked another beautiful day for our 158km journey to Portree on the isle of Skye. The only problem is my stomach is a little upset today - I will blame it on too much haggis. The highland views are so spectacular and certainly should not be missed. I was hoping to see some heather covered mountains but I am a few weeks too late and the first frosts have turned the heather brown.
Yes this is an actual picture I took with a little canon camera! The colors are unbelievable I feel like I am looking at a postcard.
Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.
Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932.
It is nice to visit a castle that is still in use today. Unfortunately we were not allowed any inside photography. However when I got to the great banquet hall I recognized it from a movie and found out from the tour guide that it was used in the movie 'Maid of Honor' - yes my movie professional friend Vernette we did see this movie and now I have seen the castle. The castle was also used in other films such as James Bond and Highlander - for a mere 1500 pound (about $2300) it can be rented for a wedding ceremony!
Although I did not feel well during this drive (and I am the driver), I would not have missed these spectacular views of Scotland.
The Skye Bridge is a road bridge over Loch Alsh, connecting mainland Highland with the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Portree has a harbour, fringed by cliffs. The Royal Hotel is the site of MacNab's Inn, the last meeting place of Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.
Portree is the home of a fictional professional Quidditch team operating within the Harry Potter universe.
The film Made Of Honor partially takes place in Portree. A sweeping shot of the town's main street is shown.
Not quite sure how I did the drive back but we arrived back at the hotel at 6pm and I took drugs and was in bed fast asleep by 6:30pm until 8 am the next morning. When I was feeling a bit better!