I read about Loch Ness and the tales of its monster since I was a kid. Since then I been looking forward to visit the Loch one day. Finally, I get the chance to see it with my very own eyes in 1998 when I was studying in Britain.
Loch Ness forms part of the natural fault line known as the Great Glen, which slices across the Highlands between Inverness and Fort William. I remember taking a tour from Inverness and it started with a cruise along the Loch Ness. The ship depart from Tomnahurich Bridge, just over a mile south of the centre of Inverness. Unfortunately, the Loch Ness monsters were to shy to greet me that day.
The cruise ship will stop at the ruined Urquhart Castle. Most photographs allegedly showing the monster have been taken a couple of miles further south from this castle. Urquhart Castle was once one of Scotland;s largest as well as most beautifully sited fortress and commands a wide view of Loch Ness.
Nearby Urquhart Castle is the official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre at Drumnadrochit. This is the place to be for those who had great interest in the mystical creature which dwell in the Loch.
The tour then took us to a Loch side villages called Fort Augustus. One of the main structure in Fort Augustus is the Caledonian Canal which enable ships to pass between the North Sea and the Atlantic without having to navigate Scotland's treacherous northern coast.
Another attraction at Fort Augustus is the Clan Village where visitors can have a glimpse of how the Scots live many years ago and the opportunity to dress up in Scots traditional attire (that includes the kilt). The Clan Village also showcase the tools and the weapons used by the Scots during medieval age.
The bus made a stop along the highway and I am amazed with the scenery of the Scottish Highlands and its beautiful terrain
The tour also made its final stop at a spot along Loch Ness before returning to Inverness. This is to give one last opportunity for us who is hopeful to spot the elusive Loch Ness monster, "Nessie".