Day 1 of our road trip into the Scottish Highlands was a struggle and Day 2 nearly pushed us to breaking point. We still remained positive though as we departed Aviemore in our Vauxhall Astra and headed west towards Inverness and the Isle of Skye.
Our first stop was the famous Loch Ness to see if we could get a glimpse of that elusive monster.
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience
We started at The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition Experience (on the A82 just before Drumnadrochit) to get the whole story of Loch Ness and the history behind the Loch Ness Monster.
The 30-minute light and sound experience took us through 7 different themed areas and taught us a lot about the history of the Loch and the legend of Nessie. Admission is £6.50 for adults and although expensive, it is worth the cost if you want to learn more about Loch Ness.
We left the The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition Experience and drove around the Loch past Drumnadrochit until we reached Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle is located on the banks of Loch Ness and is featured in many of the iconic photos of Loch Ness. We were told not to waste our money on the admission fee (it’s an overpriced tourist attraction) and instead just took a few photos from the parking lot.
Eilean Donan Castle
It was straight back on the road for just over an hour until we arrived at Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photographed landmarks in Scotland that has featured in films such as Highlander and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough”.
This fact meant that we just had to stop at this castle, get the tripod out and take a few pictures of our own! It really is a beautiful castle!
The Isle of Skye
After a quick detour to Plockton, perhaps Scotland’s prettiest coastal village, we continued over the Skye Bridge and onto the Isle of Skye. We immediately knew that we were in a different environment with single track roads and large flocks of sheep roaming freely on the sides of these roads.
With time on our side for a change, we drove through our base for the night in Portree and headed to The Storr – a naturally formed rock formation that was quite impressive.
The two of us then took the road back to Portree and checked in at an absolutely charming bed and breakfast called Larchside. There are many delightful accommodation options in Portree and it was a lovely escape from the hotel/hostel lifestyle.
With our bags now in the room, we had one last mission – to find the best fish and chips in Portree. After all, we were in a seaside town and after being completely disappointed with the offerings in London surely we had a chance here.
After a quick search of High Street, we discovered Stuart’s Fish & Chips. Despite the cold and windy weather, we braved the cold to try their offering and they were delicious! Crunchy batter like we enjoy them at home and malt vinegar to give a fantastic flavor.
A perfect end to a fantastic day! After devouring our dinner, we headed back to our B&B to relax and a get a good night’s sleep before the long drive back to Glasgow tomorrow.