We make lots of stops today on our journey to Fort William and the scenery is breathtaking.
We make a quick photo op stop at Urquhart Castle-Nessie's hotspot for watching for the famous creature. The castle has been repeatedly sacked and rebuilt over the years. The five story tower still remains and is very photogenic.
After our Nessie enlightenment we stop in Moriston to visit with some friendly Highland Cattle. It's like they know to pose for the tourists.
Back on the coach after our photos with the shaggy beasts, we head to Fort Augustus and the Caledonian Canal. The canal is a series of five locks that raise or lower boats 13M.
Our bus climbs into the Highlands and the Ben Nevis Range. We make a stop at the Commando Memorial that faces Ben Nevis-the tallest mountain in Scotland.
Before heading to our hotel, The Ballachulish Hotel in Fort William, we make at stop at the Spean Bridge. I met a great group of folks in town for some white water kayaking. They sure looked like they were having a great time of it.
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Our hotel, The Ballachulish Hotel is quite comfortable and the dinner we were served was wonderful. I had the Brussels pate, the steamed haddock and a cheese board for dessert. I also sampled two new whiskys-Langavulin and Dalwhinnie-both were excellent.
We retired to the library for after dinner tea (very Downton Abbey!) and met some delightful people from Perth-Louise, Bill and their poodle Millie. The stories Bill could tell. I could have listened ALL night and into the wee hours of the morning but we had an early wake up call for our trip to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye.
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Next up: Eilean Donan and the Isle of Skye
Edinburgh and the Castles of Scotland
Day 7 March 25 Loch Ness Museum, Urquhart Castle, Fort Augustus, Commando Memorial, Ben Nevis Range, Fort William
Go Ahead Tours
March 19-30, 2015
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