Loch Ness is a destination that everyone knows about, the infamous Monster has made this area of Scotland famous the world round so I knew it was time that I went to see what all the fuss was about.
We hired a car in Edinburgh and drove first of all to the small town of Stirling, it was about an hour and a half away. Stirling Castle was perched on a hill and overlooked the town, the William Wallis memorial is not too far away either and you can easily spot it from the castle.
The drive from Stirling to Loch Ness was one of the best drives I had done, as soon as you get into the Caingorn National Park the scenery changes dramatically and the snow starts to fall heavily. I hated to admit it but it looked a lot like New Zealand, it was beautiful.
On our way to Loch Ness we stopped at the Dalwhinnie whisky distillery for Dan’s growing whisky obsession. For a few quid you can try a few whiskies, get a free glass and get some chocolate to match up. We were also given a whisky ‘journal’ here with all of the other distilleries in the country, with the journal you can then do free tastings and get tours for a discounted rate.
Once at Loch Ness we found our gorgeous hotel which was an oldhunting house right by the small town of Fort Augustus. The Inch Hotel was so cosy, it had a gorgeous sitting room with a roaring fire and a restaurant with views over the Loch. We had dinner at our hotel and I sampled some of the local venison, I can confirm they taste great! We had a few wines and chatted to the other guests in the sitting room that evening and I was without doubt in holiday mode. Check out the amazing carpet too.
The next day we visited Urquhart Castle which was a short 30 minute drive away, this was one castle I was happy to pay to see as it was such a great site with a huge amount of history and without doubt the BEST view of Loch Ness. We spent a couple of hours here, checking out every inch of what is left of the castle and enjoying every panoramic view on offer. It was a lovely sunny day as well (thanks Scotland) which made all the difference and it was well priced at £9 each. The day was so nice, it was clear and calm and it was nice to be outside in the fresh air.
We then drove to the nearest town to visit the Loch Ness exhibition centre, the exhibition was basically several rooms and in the rooms were videos playing explaining the different theories about The Loch Ness Monster and it concluded that actually all the major claims were indeed false! It didn’t stop me searching for Nessie the entire trip though.
Loch Ness is a truly stunning location and I can’t recommend going to visit this special place enough. The views, the history, the wonderful Scottish hospitality amazed me.
Where I stayed: The Inch Hotel
Where I ate: The Inch Hotel restaurant & The Lock Inn
What I loved: The view from Urquhart Castle
Have you visited Loch Ness?