Wednesday, 30 June 2010

All roads leading north Part 3.....

Our friendly coach driver asked us to meet at the front of the hotel at 9.30 a.m. again the following day (Sunday), which we did after a hearty breakfast and a good night's sleep.

Our trip today started with the 20 mile drive to Inverness station where we boarded the train which took us through Beauly, Dingwall, Garve, Lochluichart, Achanalt, Achnasheen, Glencarron Halt, Achnashellack, Strathcarron, Attadale, Stromeferry, Duncraig, Plockton, Durnish to our final destination Kyle of Lochalsh.

The scenery on the way was beautiful, as one would expect, but the sight of the Island of Skye when we arrived at the Kyle of Lachalsh was even better.

Our driver, Keith, wanted to take us to the Loch Ness visitor's centre on the way back so we only had about forty minutes to admire the scenery at Kyle of Lochalsh but it was forty minutes well spent.  I've put together a slide show of the pictures we took whilst we were there.

After a quick lunch we set off again for the 60+ mile journey to the visitors centre at Loch Ness.

We were disappointed because we seriously thought the visitor's centre would be on the banks of the loch whereas it was actually about a mile away.   We stopped there for about an hour then set off again on the journey back to Inverness and on to our hotel.   Thankfully I was able to get some good shots of Loch Ness through the coach windows.

Of course I know the question you are all asking - "Did you see the monster?"

Well guess what?    YES WE DID!

Join me next time for the final leg of our Scotland trip.


MorningAJ said...

I have such happy memories of touring that area with my parents when I was about 12-ish. Dad and I made our own monster because we failed to spot the real thing after quite a while of watching.

Saz said...

enjoyed the trip thanks!!!

saz x

mrsnesbitt said...

I can now tell people I have seen the monster! lol!

Anonymous said...

I love all your trips. :) so fun. I love the monster. :)

secret agent woman said...

There's a fake lake monster in Loch Ness? Has the place been bought out by Disney?

Akelamalu said...

I'd love to spend a few days on Loch Ness watching for the monster Morning AJ :)

Glad you enjoyed it Saz :)

That's what I said Mrs N ;)

I thought the monster was cool too Thom ;)

It was at the visitor's centre SAW and no, Disney haven't got to Loch Ness - yet. LOL

clean and crazy said...

wonderful pictures and slideshow!! i am so glad you had a wonderful time

Dumdad said...

Great stuff. You should have tried to get Nessie to go back home with you. That'd get neighbours talking!

Ron said...

Yes...that's exactly what I was going to ask you, "Did you see the monster??"

How funny!

What a beautiful place this is. Both your slideshows were awesome!

Thank you, m'dear!

I always enjoy your posts!


Deb said...

I have decided that if I ever need a tour guide or travel agent you will be the woman I hire! I love all of your travel posts and pictures ~ and I always enjoy cyber-traveling with you. Take care.

Linda said...

And now I need to add Scotland to the list of places I really, really, really want to see in person!

You DO make an excellent travel guide!

buffalodick said...

Another interesting post!

Cloudia said...

thanks, I needed that getaway.

Things have been CRAZY here! Check out my Wednsday post if you can

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

A Lady's Life said...

Did you know there was one in
Lake Champlain in Quebec???

G-Man said...

What a tour...I'd love to visit the home of my ancestry. My Great Grandma's name was McGlashen, of the Stuart Clan..A bonnie lass she was!
A very Bonnie Lass you are Pearlie Mae...(wink)

Susan at Stony River said...

"Nessie" cracked me up - but it looks like a wonderful trip!

cathy said...

I'd love to visit Scotland. I've been all over the world but never went North when I lived in the UK.

Akelamalu said...

Glad you enjoyed them Clean & Crazy :)

If we'd been in the car I would Dumdad LOL

LOL you would totally love it there Ron x

I'm flattered Deb and so pleased you enjoy my travels. x

I hope you get there some day Linda, your camera would be working overtime!

Thanks Buff :)

Glad you enjoyed it Cloudia x

I didn't know that Lady's Life! Have there been a lot of sightings?

Och Aye the Noo G-man - I bet you look fine in a kilt! ;)

Nessie cracked me up too Susan but a great photo opp. :)

Oh what a shame you didn't get to visit Scotland Cathy, you missed a treat. :)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh you really did see it! ha ha ha

smiles, bee

Bankerchick said...

Well I have caught up with your blog and this trip to Scotland. It's easy to catch up with you as I live vicariously all of your journeys.

Akelamalu said...

Of course Bee (wink)

I'm so pleased you've enjoyed our Scotland trip Bankerchick, there's just one more episode to come. :)

Julia Smith said...

I love your slide show from your approach to the Isle of Skye. Love the old stone walls and the hills in the distance. And the lay of the land around Loch Ness - it's no wonder Cape Breton was settled by Scots. It's just the same!

Quilly said...

I just caught up with your Scotland posts. You always get to go to the best places! You also do great travel posts. They should pay you for these!

Spiky Zora Jones said...

I've not been able to geet into your blog. My systems here are crazy sometimes.

So tyhere is adrian's Wall. I wondered where it was, it's and there it is on that first map. Cool.

I was trying to run the photos but my system wouldn't let me run them...I'll have to do it from home. Sounds like you had fun though.

lster sweetie. xxx

Travis Cody said...

Must. Go. Soon.

Akelamalu said...

If Cape Breton is like Scotland Julia I would absolutely adore it!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the Scotland posts Quilly :)

Sorry to hear you haven't been able to view the photos Spiky, I hope you eventually get to see them. x

I hope you do Trav :)