On our Scottish adventure, we covered a lot of ground-- not only physically, but also metaphysically. My partner-- being the ardent golfer he is-- had to check-out the famous golf courses of Scotland such as St. Andrews and Gleneagles.
I, on the other hand, wanted to experience Findhorn, Callanish (the former post), and most of all, Loch Ness. Somehow we managed to fit all of our interests into our adventure. We even managed to do touristy things like visit old castles and watch bagpipers pipe. We stayed at one expensive hotel where we actually pulled a long fat cord which rang the bell of the establishment and let them know we had arrived--something out of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. We oohed and ah'd at the subtle color of wild purple heather as we whizzed past the Scottish Highlands. (see photos)
BUT the highlight of our Scottish adventure for me was Loch Ness. We had no idea how immensely popular Loch Ness was (and still is!) with British tourists as well as international tourists. We hadn't booked a reservation, and when we showed up late one afternoon in Loch Ness, we quickly discovered there were no rooms available...anywhere! I had so much wanted to spend time the next day scanning the lake for a sighting of Nessie, the famous Loch Ness 'monster'.
We were both bummed that we hadn't planned ahead with a room reservation, but I suggested to my partner that we get a bite to eat at the charming inn (see photo on top) before heading back down the road. The prospect of sleeping in our car overnight didn't excite us, and we might as well leave with a happy tummy I reasoned.
So we returned to the first inn we had discovered upon driving into Loch Ness. It had a charming bar and restaurant and we proceeded to chow down on great food and drink. As we were dining, my partner received a tap on the shoulder. The proprietor remembered that we had been seeking a room for the night, and one had just opened up. Did we want it she asked. Once again our traveling angels had arranged the perfect set-up! All we had to do is fetch our bags from our car in the parking lot and kick back for the night. Then we would have hours to roam around the lake in the morning.
And that's exactly what we did. The biggest surprise was finding a local newspaper the following day with the headline and photo that showed a sighting of Nessie on the day we arrived!
The new movie, "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" calls me, and it's on my list of must-see movies. Ya see, I believe in Nessie. I KNOW she's there, and no matter how mythical she appears in movies or stories, I feel that in that Scottish Loch, Nessie lives on.
That's my fantasy, and I'm sticking to it!
Labels: bagpipers, Findhorn, Gleneagles, golfing in Scotland, heather, Loch Ness Scotland, Nessie, Scottish inns, St. Andrews yew tree, traveling angels
Posted by Kuanyin Moi at 11:35 AM
posted at 9:17 AM
Thank you for your wonderful story. My eight-year-old daughter loves and believes in Nessie, and is disappointed that most people do not. She and I want to visit Scotland someday, and we really appreciate your pictures and tips about the busy tourist situation there and will plan accordingly. Much love, Maddie and The Bean