My Scottish Adventure; Loch Ness, Glen Coe And The Highlands

My second coach trip out of Edinburgh was to Loch Ness, Glen Coe and The Highlands.  After my trip to Loch Lommand I was really looking forwards to exploring Scotland a little more.  Our first stop was for a late breakfast break at Pitlochry which is a quaint village.

From here we boarded back on the bus and drove north to Inverness, the capital of The Highlands.  We then drove south until we arrived at Loch Ness.  The skies were grey but after a hot drink in the coffee shop we boarded a boat for a trip on the Loch in search of Nessie herself.

Loch Ness

Although the clouds had cleared a little by the tie we got on the boat it was extremely windy and such a cold wind it was that was sweeping across the Loch.  Loch Ness is the largest body of water in Britain by volume and the Loch is that large that all of the lakes and rivers of England and Wales would fit in it.

Loch Ness

Further up the Loch lies the ruins of Urquhart Castle which was built in the 13th Century.  The castle played a role in the wars of Scottish Independance during the 14th Century,  Urquhart played a role in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century. It was then held as a royal castle and was raided by the MacDonald Earls of Ross.  The Castle was garrisoned in 1689 for the last time after the exile of the Catholic King James VII.  He was replaced by the Protestant monarchs William II and Mary II. In 1692, the towering gatehouse was deliberately blown up so that the castle could never be used again as a military stronghold.

Loch Ness

On our way back to Edinburgh we stopped at the Commando memorial which i dedicated to the memory of all commandos who give their lives in service during the second world war and any commandos who lost their lives in combat since.  The memorial looked rather imposing against a misty grey sky.

Loch Ness

By now the mist and grey clouds along with some rain were really coming down.  However, I managed to get some sort of photograph of the mountains in Glen Coe.  I could only image how stunning this sight must be on a sunny day.

Glen Coe

Finally we stopped an met one of the areas well known inhabitants.  You can’t go to the Scottish Highlands and not meet some Highland Cattle up close.

 

Loch Ness

Again this was an extremely long day (over 12 hours) but it was lovely to see the sight of the Scottish Highlands.  Again due to the time spent on the coach I wouldn’t advise this trip for children.  I’d really love to return an spend more time in this area exploring a little more, preferably in dry sunny weather!  The cost of this tour was £45.

5 Comments

  • Josy A

    22nd March 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Glen Coe is amaaazing, but goodness it can look moody on a misty day! It looks like you had a blast despite the rubbish weather though. 🙂

  • Candi Randolph

    22nd March 2018 at 10:48 PM

    Gorgeous photos! It’s the other side of the world for me and I love to see the world through the eyes of others. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jennifer

    18th May 2019 at 10:45 PM

    I’m interested in seeing Glen Coe from the base being a stay in Edinburgh. What’s the best way? We don’t have a car. THANK YOU

    1. Candace

      22nd May 2019 at 9:09 PM

      Jennifer, the best way to get there without a car is on a coach tour. If you google coact tours from Edinburgh a few different companies will come up. Hope you have a great time

  • Sarah Smith

    27th May 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Sorry you didn’t have better weather for your search for Nessie.. but I’m glad you were able to visit the beautiful Highlands and come back soon

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