A journey to Scotland is not complete without a trip to the Highlands. I spent a day there and it was a hell of a journey. I booked my trip with Highland Experience and went on the Multi-Lingual Highland Adventure Tour.
We were greeted at 8am on a Saturday morning by a real Highlander (in kilt of course) who first told us that the journey consisted of 500km, most of which on treacherous roads, that we had to complete in 12 hours time. I have been really afraid of a mega exhausting day at that time but it turned out to be a really comfortable and interesting journey, at least for me - some passengers unfortunately suffered from motion sickness.
So if you read this and you suffer from motion sickness yourself, bring some medicine with you on the trip. I always bring some anti-motion-sickness-chewing-gums with me when I travel and thanks to them I was able to enjoy the drive and the boat trip on Loch Ness later that day.
We drove past Glasgow and then on to Fort William to take a look at the nearby Glen Coe, the famous valley where the MacDonalds and the MacCampbells had their tragic fight.
I took pictures of "The Three Sisters of Glen Coe", three mountains whose original gaelic names sound way more frightening, and later on also of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain of Great Britain although most of it was covered in mist.
We arrived at Loch Ness at 1.30pm and had the opportunity to either go on a 1h long boat trip to Urquhardt Castle or to stay in the cafeteria of the "Loch Ness Clansman", a nearby hotel.
I decided to go on the boat trip because I really wanted to see the castle and because there was not much else to do at the lake. We were lucky with the weather. The sun shined upon our arrival so I could take a few great shots of the lake before it was raining cats and dogs again.
The boat trip was quite expensive (12 pounds) considering that it was quite boring, apart from seeing the castle. But I guess this had to do with the rain. If the sun had been shining and if it had been warmer - or summer - it probably would have been great to just sit on the sun deck and enjoy the ride.
However the other 15 or so participants of the excursion who stayed at the hotel must have been even more bored. So seeing the Highlands and Glen Coe was definitely more rewarding for me than seeing Loch Ness.
The rest of the tour was pretty much unspectacular. We listened to more history stories and drove through Inverness (busses are not allowed to stop or park in its city centre so we were not able to take a stroll through the city). Our driver told us that Inverness was a pretty boring and ugly city anyway but I really wanted to see more of it.
Before going back to the city centre of Edinburgh, we stopped at the famous Firth of Forth Bridge.
I would go on this trip again although it had some boring parts and was quite expensive (around 50 pounds). Seeing the Highlands is just an essential part of a Scotland trip and we were definitely shown the highlights of this beautiful region. If I however will ever come to Scotland again, I would choose a 2-day tour to see even more and I would also love to go on a trip to the Orkney or Shetland islands....one day hopefully!