Friday, August 7, 2009

Day 14 At Sea

Well, we are heading for warmer climates (hopefully). Today was a lovely day at sea as we sail from Iceland to Scotland. It was about 50 F today which wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed sitting in the sun for about 4 hours. I was concerned about all the people who have expressed their concerns about my skin color…. Not to fear, a nice tan is just a few hours away. Tomorrow morning we dock in Invergordon, Scotland. I will be going to Loch Ness looking for Nessie…. Here is a description of tomorrow’s tour: Loch Ness, Water Monsters and Highland Castles
This tour will appeal to those who wish to see Scotland’s famous Loch Ness—worldrenowned for its mythical(?) monster, as well as the Highland capital city at the head of the loch, and two of the country’s most romantic medieval castles--one in ruins, the other an opulent but homey residence. Traveling southwest from Invergordon, your coach follows the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth, then drives through Muir of Ord and past Beauly with its atmospheric ruined abbey. Descending a steep hill, you will see the splendid Loch Ness, Britain’s deepest freshwater lake whose murky depths inspire lurid tales of weird creatures and water horses, including the Loch Ness Monster, or “the Wee Beastie” if you’re a local. Stop at 14th-century Urquhart Castle, situated right by the loch’s edge. This is one of the most photographed areas in Scotland and boasts a brand new, state-of-the-art visitor center. From here, you head to Inverness, capital of the Highlands. A city tour takes you past some of the historic sights such as the Gothicstyle Town House and Tolbooth Steeple, as well as the pretty, tree-lined River Ness. After lunch at a quality local hotel, continue inland but never venturing far from the Moray Firth, famous for its dolphins. You will reach Culloden Battlefield, an eerie, windswept moorland and site of the last battle on British soil, when the Jacobites were finally subdued, marking a turning-point in Scots history. Finally, continue to the pretty conservation village of Cawdor and the impressive Cawdor Castle, a truly beautiful residence, romantically furnished and surrounded by exceptionally pretty gardens. From here you’ll return to Invergordon and the ship


Nancy said...

I hope you have good weather....Loch Ness, Culloden and Cawdor are beautiful. Be sure to check out the gardens at Cawdor!

allan said...

Hey Laddie your expectation of good sunning weather in my old country is VERY VERY OPTOMISTIC. But i know if there is sun you will find it.Tell Nessie we were asking for her. Allan and Sandra

June said...

Glad to see your tan has not faded.

Scotland is beautiful. I am sure you will get some lovely photos. Perhaps you will see Nessie.