What a pleasure to finally look back through photos of our spring holiday to Scotland. Every day really was as sunny as I remember. And I can finally look back to April without being overwhelmed with memories of my emergency surgery (again … I do not recommend emergency surgery). We took a day — a very long driving day — to travel to Loch Ness. We visited the requisite Loch Ness Monster edutainment centre, but even better, we had lunch and spent several happy hours exploring Urquhart Castle.
The castle has a large car-park with easy parking (not always the case!) and an excellent cafe with local slow foods — and a pretty good view. There’s also the typical gift shop full of whisky, tartans, sheep-poop jokes, and some good books and inexpensive trinkets for the kids.
Can you tell how windy it is, by the ripples on the loch?
View from one of the towers.
On the other side of the complex, looking back towards that tower where we were just standing.And looking over the outside of the castle wall, towards the draw bridge. (And dock for the tour boat.)
Down towards the water gate (below the cliff), previously the main access point for the castle. One more look, down the length of the loch. Ahhhh. Is Nessie out there? No, of course not, but I could sit here all day looking.