29 July 2013

Highland Adventure - Day 3 & 4

Hopefully you all enjoyed my last post about the Highlands (here)! As promised, here are some photos and a little account of day 3 and 4 of my holiday in Muir Of Ord. ^_^

Day 3 - Tuesday 23rd

Day three was one of my favourite days of the holiday, as I finally got to visit Loch Ness after (almost) 16 years of living in the same country as it. Loch Ness is one of the UK's largest bodies of water and is home to the legend of Nessie (do you believe in Nessie?) so I've wanted to visit it for a while. It was quite a drive to get to Loch Ness (about three hours or so) but that's because we, once again, didn't do any research and didn't use a GPS so we ended up taking a stupid, really long route. So smart. :P We arrived in the town next to the Loch, Fort Augustus, and got lunch before heading off for a little explore. There's an awesome canal running through Fort Augustus and we arrived when the locks were in use so we got to the see water levels change and the boats move from each part of the canal which was pretty cool. The scenery in Fort Augustus is beautiful and there are some cute cafes and gift shops, as well as a few Nessie exhibitions and tourist-y things like that. We only went to one exhibition which claimed to be the best exhibition in the Highlands but it turned out to be pretty rubbish...I wouldn't recommend that one but if you're ever in the Highlands, definitely pay a visit to Fort Augustus. ^_^
When we got back to the lodge in Muir Of Ord, we had dinner then played badminton in the garden for a while. I'm really not very good at badminton (or any sport...) despite playing it every week in PE for two years, and my full family were just as hopeless so it proved to be hilarious and a lot of fun. We are all so uncoordinated. :D

Day 4 - Wednesday 24th

Day four was my favourite day in the Highlands; we went to a few different places, ate good food and it was a beautiful day. ^_^ We started the day by having breakfast at the lodge then driving to a town known for its dolphin spotting. I wasn't expecting much as I've never been dolphin spotting before and was a little sceptical but once we had arrived and found a good spot I was instantly impressed. There were about 6 or 7 dolphins swimming in little groups only a couple of meters away from where we were standing. It was crazy! I didn't take my camera and the photos I took on my iPhone weren't very good so I've used one of my dad's photos here. He had a fancy camera and monopod so he got some awesome pictures. :D 
After that we drove for about half an hour or so to Cawdor Castle; a beautiful old castle with stunning gardens. Apparently, Shakespeare visited the castle when he was writing Macbeth and set the play in the castle and grounds. The actual castle is beautiful and grand, with a load of paintings and an awful lot of furniture. It's very regal, and we found out that people still live in the castle today, keeping it the same as it was all those years ago. The gardens were even more impressive than the castle though. They were so beautiful and colourful; honestly the nicest gardens I've seen in any castle grounds. I would highly recommend visiting Cawdor Castle! 
Next, we drove another 20 minutes to Culloden Battlefield. This was where the battle between Scotland and England took place...a long time ago (I really don't know much about the battle at all) and it had been kept pretty much exactly the same as when the battle happened and opened for the public to walk around. It's been rumoured to be really haunted but I didn't pick up on anything like that. All I felt was a kind of emptiness and just general misery. It wasn't the nicest hour but it was very powerful and I won't forget it any time soon.
It was an amazing day. ^__^

Day 5 and 6 up tomorrow!
Lots of love, Cat
xxx

8 comments:

  1. Aaaah! I went to Culloden when we visited Scotland! We have a friend who lives in Lothian and he took us everywhere. Between him and my sister (who is very much into Scottish history) I learned a lot about the Moor. It's so quiet there! And yeah, I got the same kind of empty feeling you did. It's a very solemn place.

    Hehe, we always ruin our badminton rackets and shuttlecocks. We hit way too hard. It's a nice sport though, because it doesn't involve a whole lot of running. :D

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    1. It really is. I felt so down when I was there but it was an amazing experience.

      I do that too! The badminton rackets at school show how...enthusiastic I got, haha :'D xx

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  2. Getting jealous that you went to Culloden. My Mum said that when she went it felt quite cold and sort of uncomfortable.

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    1. You should go if you're ever in the Highlands; it's a really powerful experience. xx

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  3. Funnily enough, I live in Scotland too, and have never been to Loch Ness!! However, I actually visited Culloden Battlefield today!! It's not far from where I live!
    I was wondering if you could check out my post about the movie of The Fault In Our Stars? I really need to know if I'm the only one who is upset about the future release of the movie!!!

    http://www.pinstripesandtights.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-fault-in-our-stars-movie-rumour.html

    Chloe x

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    1. You should go! Fort Augustus is a lovely place and the Loch is gorgeous. ^_^ I read and commented on your post. :) xx

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  4. These photos are amazing! I can't believe that you went dolphin spotting! I would love to do that! I've never been to Scotland, I really need to go! My grandparents used to live near Aberdeen, but that was before I was born! My parents are planning to take us soon, but who knows when soon is! xx

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    1. Thank you! Dolphin spotting was so awesome, I didn't realise how close they come so it was a major surprise when they swam so near. :D You should definitely come to Scotland; the scenery is beautiful. ^_^ xx

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