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Scottish Road Trip Day 3: Searching for Nessie, Castles and The Best Fish And Chips

Scottish Road Trip Day 3: Searching for Nessie, Castles and The Best Fish And Chips

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.

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

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.

Submarine used in the search for the Loch Ness Monster

Submarine used in the search for the Loch Ness Monster

Urquhart Castle

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.

Urquhart Castle Scotland

The ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

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 spectacular Eilean Donan Castle

The spectacular Eilean Donan Castle

The two of us in front of Eilean Donan Castle

The two of us in front of Eilean Donan 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 dramatic landscape of The Storr

The dramatic landscape of The Storr

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.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips (with Irn Bru!) - delicious!

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.

6 Comments

  1. Posted December 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    The perfect day in Scotland – almost all of our favorite places in one day: Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, and the Isle of Skye! Great road trip!
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    • Posted December 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      A beautiful part of the world and much more deserving of only a quick stop at each! But very glad we got to see what we did! 🙂

  2. Posted December 7, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I love when I see photos of the both of you together… yall are such a cute couple! I so want to do this when I go to Scotland… lol I wanna find Nessie… I think I can. Great photos btw!
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    • Posted December 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      Haha thanks Jaime – maybe we should have put all 20 photos of us (camera on auto-timer) lol. Good luck finding Nessie… if you succeed then we’ll buy you a drink haha.

  3. Matthew Cheyne
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    In Scotland at Loch Ness with fabulous Fish and Chips, what more could you ask for in a day? So is this it for your trip to Scotland or did you get the chance to go further north say to the Scottish highlands or were you there already?

    • Posted December 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Definitely one of the better days of our trip and a massive improvement on the past 2 days. Unfortunately the Isle of Skye is as far as we got due to our time restrictions – back to Glasgow on Day 4.

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