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Keeping a sharp lookout

Keeping a sharp lookout

...for Nessie, from the front window.


The Falls at Foyers

The Falls at Foyers

From incredibly high up, and a sheer drop down.


Nessie?!

Nessie?!

She gets around.


From the bedroom window

From the bedroom window

A bit of sun came out now and again.


Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

On the northern side of the Loch, Urquhart Castle is where most Nessie sightings take place.


Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Near Urquhart Castle, the yellow broom overlooks Loch Ness.


Tiny bird

Tiny bird

Wildlife at Urquhart Castle


A boat ride!

A boat ride!

The dog gets sea legs on her first boat ride.


Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

The boat lands at Urquhart Castle.


Waves at the shore of Loch Ness

Waves at the shore of Loch Ness

Near Drumnodrochit, on the north side of the loch.


Rainbow

Rainbow

From the front window at Coach House


Flowers at Clan Fraser stone

Flowers at Clan Fraser stone

In the battlefield at Culloden, thousands of Highlanders lost their lives. Those who survived were slaughtered later by the English forces in Inverness. Stones mark the graves of the different clans.


Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns

Three stone cairns, or burial chambers, each surrounded by a stone circle. Two have passages aligned with the midwinter sun on the Winter Solstice. We visited on the Summer Solstice, and any ghosts were out and about.


Dallas Dhu

Dallas Dhu

Dallas Dhu, which means "black boggy water place" is no longer a working distillery, but the tours allow you to get up close and personal with the equipment, unlike tours of working distilleries.


Sail boat on Loch Ness

Sail boat on Loch Ness

From Inverfarigaig


Loch Ness at Inverfarigaig

Loch Ness at Inverfarigaig

Misty morning on Loch Ness


Trail through Farigaig

Trail through Farigaig

Heading to the summit in the Farigaig Forest near Inverfaragaig.


From the summit

From the summit

From our hike in the Farigaig Forest in the Monadhliath Mountains.


Whitebridge

Whitebridge

In June the old bridge in Whitebridge, part of General Wade's road, is covered with purple flowers.


Glenfinnan Monument

Glenfinnan Monument

Where Bonnie Prince Charlie waited to see if mighty Clan Cameron would join his cause. When Cameron's pipers arrived in Glen Sheil, he raised his standard and claimed his father the King. Unfortunately, his cause was later doomed at Culloden, and Prince Charlie escaped to Skye dressed as a maid.


Three stags

Three stags

In the field next to the Glenfinnan Monument we saw three stags, who ignored us.


Bracken

Bracken

Skye, a green paradise, with bracken (ferns) and lichens crowding the forest.


Skye viewpoint

Skye viewpoint

From the top of the forest path in Skye, near Portree.


Forest path in Skye

Forest path in Skye

We hiked up a steep mountainside at the Aros Heritage Centre, on Skye. The lady at the centre said it was only a wee hike. Ha!


Jagged peak in Skye

Jagged peak in Skye

Another photo taken from the car.


Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan

A piper plays in front of Castle Eilean Donan.


Near Kintail

Near Kintail

I took lots of photos from the car as we passed by lochs and glens.


Loch Claunie

Loch Claunie

Along the A87 in the western Highlands.


Swing bridge

Swing bridge

A boat comes through the Caledonian Canal, causing the swing bridge near Fort Augustus to open.


I see something!

I see something!

Could it be Nessie?


What could it be?

What could it be?

Part of Nessie?


Nessie?!

Nessie?!

Maybe she wants to be my friend?


Skipping rocks

Skipping rocks

Rock skipping proved to be a favorite pastime.


Skipping rocks?

Skipping rocks?

Or a monster?


Whatever it is...

Whatever it is...

I'll get it with this stick.


Coach House

Coach House

Our holiday cottage in Foyers, which used to be the coach house for the small Hotel Foyers.