Day out: Urquhart Castle

10 Sep

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.

IMG_3086edThe 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.

IMG_3087edOnce your tithe has been paid to commercialism, you can walk down to the castle.

IMG_3097edOh, those views.

IMG_3110edCan you tell how windy it is, by the ripples on the loch?
IMG_3115edView from one of the towers.
IMG_3121edOn the other side of the complex, looking back towards that tower where we were just standing.IMG_3122edAnd looking over the outside of the castle wall, towards the draw bridge. (And dock for the tour boat.)
IMG_3126edDown towards the water gate (below the cliff), previously the main access point for the castle. IMG_3134edOne 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.

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2 Responses to “Day out: Urquhart Castle”

  1. Beakers846 September 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    What a pretty castle =) I remember visiting in June and it was very cold and rainy. Looks like you got some perfect weather!

    • Monique September 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      I know we’ve been ridiculously lucky, but in my mind, Scotland is always sunny. 😀

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