We set out in search of the Loch Ness Monster and, well, we kind of found her. It was mid-way through our weeklong stay in Edinburgh that we decided to hop aboard the Timberbush Tour Bus and discover the Scottish Highlands. The tour is a full day (12-hours) and makes three main stops: Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands.
Throughout the tour our bus driver, Gary (who is also the guide) described sights along the way; played traditional Scottish music; told stories of old Scottish folklore and cracked his best jokes. There was no shortage of entertainment. Shout out to Gary if he’s reading this!
There’s nothing as mesmerizing as the Scottish Highlands. It’s honestly some of the most pure beauty you will ever lay your eyes on. This sounds odd, but I remember the air taste so good. Clean, fresh and sweet with each inhale. The minute we stepped off the bus I gazed onto the rolling hills and was transported back in time to the 13th century. I was a stranded lassie, Bryan a clansman wearing a tattered kilt coming to my rescue. Okay, so I had just finished reading Outlander a Diana Gabaldon novel, (for those of you familiar). And, like I mentioned before we’d probably been watching too much Braveheart. Point being it’s an easy place to let your imagination run wild.
My favorite stop and most memorable: Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. As we wandered around the remains of the gatehouse, kitchen, and cellar, an overwhelming feeling of history engulfed me. Looking out over green hills of the glen, it was amazing to think about all those who had stood in that very place before me. If you ever have the chance to go, make sure you do a 360 turn and take in every ounce of gorgeous scenery.
After we had our fill of pretending to be long forgotten kings and queens, we hopped aboard a ferry for a cruise across Loch Ness. And, that is where we ran into Nessie; an ice cold, light, hoppy delight. She’s nothing like the rumors make her out to be. It was the perfect way to end an amazing day, soak in the beauty surrounding us…and prepare for more of Gary’s jokes on the ride back to Edinburgh.
We raise our glasses to you, Gary!
Urquhart Castle 2008