Monday, 29 August 2011

Castle Urquhart

Photo: Castle Urquhart on the shores of Loch Ness. No monster today.

Day 10: Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Loch Lochie, Loch Ness, Culloden, Inverness.

A day of natural beauty and history. A drive through the highlands taking in Glencoe, Ben Nevis (in cloud so we didn’t do the chair to the top) and the Lochs. Spectacular scenery – not not as ‘wilderness’ as I was expecting. We always felt like civilization was close by. Makes me appreciate the true wilderness on places near home like the Shoalhaven Gorge. I’m sure if we had more time and did some walking in the Scottish highlands I would change my tune!
Next stop was Culloden, the site of the 1746 battle between Jacobite Scottish highlanders and the British establishment. Thousands of lives were lost in a battle that lasted less than an hour. Again Lachlan took in all the details.
Dinner and B&B in Inverness – plus a geocache, the northernmost find we’ll make.
A few observations about UK so far….
1.       Where are we from? People have suggested New Zealand, South Africa, Australia (only once so far!) and Liverpool!
2.       Taps. We haven’t had the same type of shower tap in any 2 places. Each day is a new adventure working out how to turn the shower on and get it to the right temperature.
3.       Parking. ARRHHH. Why couldn’t 12th century town planners foresee the need for more parking in their towns?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So agree with all you said... EsPecially the showers...think we did that same drive in scotland, and drove from Inverness to tongue way to the reading ur notes way more info on history than I knew when I was there so thanks xxxx