Tarts, I must apologize for being so slow to get to this part of the day trip. As you will recall from part one we left Glasgow, had coffee and a marvelous scone on Loch Lomond. From there we traveled through Rannoch Moor and in to Glencoe. In Part two we left Glencoe and traveled north to Fort William, saw the Ben Nevis Range, the Great Glen and the Commando Memorial.
We have now reached Loch Ness! Back at our lunch stop our tour guide gave us the choice of taking a long ride on Loch Ness from which we would be able to see Urquhart Castle. Our other choice was a short boat ride and to climb around the castle. This is the one time I wish I had not listen to the tour guide because he recommended the longer boat ride. As soon as we saw the castle we knew we had made a mistake. Even overrun with tourist we would have enjoyed the exploration.
These pictures do not show how great this castle is. This is what you see from the car park. We got just a minute or two to snap these photos as the folks who were staying got their instructions. Then we were whisked away. We were taken further along the coastline to meet the boat.
Our boat as you can see was of good size. It allowed us to move around. We could be out on the top deck or down on the aft deck. We could go inside to warm up or purchase a snack.
As we motored along Loch Ness we were treated to beautiful scenery. The approach to Urquhart castle was breathtaking.
The boat captain gave us a good water tour of the castle.
You can really see how neat it would be to climb all over this castle.
This is the view from the boat landing where we picked up those smart enough to tour the castle.
Once we took on the new passengers, we shoved of and head back to were we started. We had seagulls flying along with the boat. Some of the passengers would hold out a cracker and the on of the gulls would fly up even with us. The passenger would let go of the cracker and the gull would snatch it. It was quite an entertaining trip. We also kept an eye out for Nessie.
No, Nessie did not show up while we were on the boat but we still watched,
And then there she was, Nessie!
After leaving the boat and visiting with Nessie we walked back through the tunnel under the road and up to the parking lot. We had about a half and hour in the gift shop before we once again boarded the bus.
If you would like to read some more about Urquhart Castle you can click here.
I have one more installment for this trip. I will be posting it soon.