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Inverness

Gaelic for 'mouth of the River Ness'

rain 6 °C

Inverness

The lowest crossing point of the River Ness- one of the shortest rivers in the world. I wouldn't want to fall in, looks real fast flowing, be washed out to sea in no time...

We got here by bus from Edinburgh (took ~3.5 hours), driving through Perth which got us really excited. Pretty hard to get a photo out the side of a moving bus... This is the best we could do :( :
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The Ness River flowing through the city:
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Inverness Castle: Our hostel is right across the road from it. It is now a court house so the only way to get in is to be arrested and we didn't think it was worth the trouble...
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Victoria Markets
This place looked quite nice but everything was closed when we passed through on Friday afternoon.
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Day 1

We went on a tour to Loch Ness to see if we can spot Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. It only was 30 minutes drive from Inverness. We booked ourselves on a tour which drove us to Loch Ness, put us on a boat - cruising up the Loch Ness, hopping off at Urquhart castle then to the Loch Ness exhibition centre. The cruise was in what i call typical Scottish weather. It wasn't really raining, the mist was just turning to water in front of my face, so no real rain drops, just wetness.

Loch Ness Cruise
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Cruising the Loch Ness: trying to find Nessie the Loch Ness monster...

Urquhart Castle
The castle itself was quite interesting, it had a quick video on the history of the highlands, which we ran out of time to see :(. It was once one of the largest strongholds of medieval Scotland. Apparently a lot of Nessie the Loch Ness monster sighting happened around the grounds of this castle..

On our way to the castle:
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View of Loch Ness from the castle:
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Loch Ness exhibition centre
Pretty cool exhibition using multimedia presentation that takes us through 7 themed areas and 500 million years of history, natural mystery and legend revealing the unique environment of Loch Ness and the Nessie legend... They kept telling us that Nessie doesn't exist but I think this is just so the tourists leave her alone so she can have some private time.
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Day 2

Breakfast/Lunch:
We slept in till nearly the middle of the day. Blake had a beer with his food so I think he considered it lunch time...
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Chicken & mushroom soup :); Steak pie; Venison (Monarch of the Glen)

Shinty/Hurling International: Scotland VS Ireland:
Not sure how this game works. The Scots play shinty; the Irish play Hurling - they have different rules. They had to set up new rules for this game. They even use different sticks/bats. It was easy to watch as its pretty violent and doesn't seem to have too many rules. Anyway the Irish won so there wasn't any street parties or odd celebrations...
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If you look closely, they are using 2 different sticks: The Scottish has a golf/hockey like stick; And the Irish has a fly beater looking stick :):
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After the game, we went for a walk along the river onto the islands in the centre of the river Ness, great day for it- the sun is shining :)
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Blake.. pondering..
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Nessie!!!
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xoxo M&B

Posted by blake-michelle 11:23 Archived in Scotland

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