Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Family Vacation in the U.K., 11th October 2016, Day 12: Edinburgh to Loch Ness

We woke up early and reached the place from where we would board a bus to travel to Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. This trip, which I had booked through TripAdvisor, was conducted by the Highland Explorer Tours company. The office of this company is located on the Royal Mile road. Their bus arrived a little after eight a.m. In the meantime, we meandered into a nearby cafe to partake of some coffee and cakes. A small crowd collected as the time to start the tour neared. Inside the office, we exchanged our trip vouchers for actual tickets. Each ticket would cost around 45 pounds. For this price, we would ride the bus for over 12 hours, visiting many of the highlands areas including Stirling, Callender, Loch Lomond, Fort Augustus and, finally, Loch Ness, before returning in the evening via a route that would cover the Commando Memorial. En route, we would pass the famous Ben Nevis mountain. At Fort Augustus, we were served a dry lunch consisting of sandwiches and shortbread. 

The entire trip was a memorable one indeed. The sights of Scotland were marvellous. We spent a lot of time at Loch Ness, also having our lunch here, and a bit of local shopping. We also took many photos, both along the way, at the Loch itself, and at the Commando memorial. Here are some memories: 

At Loch Ness

Loch Ness replica made from steel wires

The Commandos' statue at the Commando Memorial

Tributes to deceased soldiers

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