Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and Inverness

I must admit that Monday was a bit of a blur. According to our itinerary we departed Glasgow for Inverness travelling along Scotland’s west coast and Loch Ness. Highlights of the day included Loch Lomond, dramatic Glencoe, a visit to Urquhart Castle and a cruise on Loch Ness in search of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. We actually saw the sun at times today which was delightful, but sadly there were no sea serpents to be found.
This day consisted of very long bus rides punctuated by food. As the bus movement seems to rock me to sleep, I missed a lot of beautiful Scottish countryside. I did wake up long enough to get a great view of Ben Nevis, which is the tallest peak in the UK. Gorgeously snow capped with a layer of cloud at the summit.
We had a lovely dinner in our hotel in Inverness, Kingsmills Hotel, with a family from Saskatchewan. Royal Scottish tours is a Canadian company and almost all our travel mates are from all over Canada. There is a mother and daughter from Turkey travelling with us whose story I haven’t been able to find out yet.
As I wrote this, there was a rerun of Law & Order UK on the telly. As I long ago vowed never to watch the US version, this is the closest I have come to being a Law & Order viewer. As one of my table mates at dinner is at school in Aberdeen doing a Master’s Degree, I asked her if she’d seen Outlander yet. Apparently, there was some nervousness re airing this show before the Scottish vote on independence, and the series only started airing this past spring. A lovely man from Brampton has reassured me that the show is being rerun this week because of holidays (Memorial Day in the U.S., and a bank holiday here in the UK). Thank goodness as I can’t wait to see how Claire and Jamie evade the dastardly Black Jack Randall.
On discovering that we receive UK Netflix here, I tried to watch a British TV series called Residue but was unable to watch it because of a wonky Wifi connection. The series seemed to star the actor playing the nefarious Ramsay from Game of Thrones! Can’t wait for a decent Wifi connection to get back to this post apocalyptic series.
Today we are off to the Isle of Skye! Typical Scottish sky this morning with grey clouds threatening rain. Time to go and put on the layers.

 Ben Nevis  



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