Inverness, the River Ness and Loch Ness

Before our trip to the Finnish arctic circle, Inverness was the most northerly point Gareth and I had ever been to. Since we were in the region again and had fond memories of our first visit, we decided to take a day trip from our resort in the Cairngorms National Park to this iconic highland city. Unfortunately, we didn’t plan very well and went the day after Hogmanay, only to find that most of the shops and museums were closed. We also didn’t realise that Inverness Castle is not open to the public, so we spent some time on its grounds taking pictures of the Flora MacDonald statue and the River Ness that flows through the heart of the city centre.












We wandered through town a bit before we decided to move on and soon found ourselves on a road that wound along the banks of Loch Ness. It was a cloudy, overcast day, perfect for sightings of the elusive monster, but even though we tried to entice her out by skipping stones across the turbulent waters, Nessie was not in the mood for playing.













I guess one sighting in a lifetime is about as lucky as one gets?

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