Scotland has over 30,000 beautiful lochs, which is truly a staggering number given the size of the country. The majority of these are located in the Highlands, and Loch Ness is probably the most famous due to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionally known as Nessie. We visited Loch Ness in October 2017, and getting there turned out to be much more of an adventure than we had planned!
We booked a flight that had us arriving in Edinburgh early enough in the day to allow plenty of time to drive north while it was still light. However, our airline decided to put my suitcase on a later flight, which meant we didn’t even leave Edinburgh until late afternoon. It is a three hour drive from Edinburgh to Inverness, and a little bit farther to the B&B we had reserved. And just to add to the adventure, a storm had blown in bringing high winds and heavy rains.
Needless to say, our drive north was very stressful. We endured three hours along the motorway in pelting rain and high winds, where we saw several traffic accidents along the way. Once we exited the motorway in Inverness, we took several wrong turns and nearly had a head-on collision in a round-about. After that, we found ourselves on a dark, deserted country road in the middle of what felt like nowhere, that seemed to go on for many miles. Finally, four hours after leaving Edinburgh, we arrived at our B&B.
When I got out of the car, I felt like I was in the scene in the movie “Waking Ned Divine” when Jackie and Micheal delivered a plate of food to Ned. The rain and wind were insanely intense! But we were greeted warmly by the hosts of the beautiful Balachladaich B&B and were relieved to have arrived safely. My husband did a great job driving on the opposite side of the road through the storm, after three long flights and very little sleep.
Balachladaich is beautifully situated just steps from the south shore of Loch Ness. Our room included a view of the loch and the surrounding area. We awakened the next morning to brilliant sunshine; a welcome change from the storm of the night before.
After a delicious, full Scottish breakfast, we took off to explore the area. Things certainly look different in the daylight! To say the area is beautiful is an understatement.
We took a drive along the loch and stopped at an old church with a graveyard.
We walked along a stretch of the South Loch Ness Trail, a 28 mile long trail, that offers stunning views of the loch.
We visited the little hamlet of Inverfarigaig, where we wandered for a while and then stopped for tea and a scone.
And of course, I took many photos.
We worked up an appetite after a day of hiking and exploring, so we went to the village of Dores, not far from Balachladiach, for dinner. The Dores Inn has an excellent restaurant where I had salmon in a leek and pea sauce. Yummy!
The next morning we said goodbye to our wonderful B&B hosts to drive north to the Backies, this time in the daylight. As we loaded the car I took one last look at the loch, hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie, but she was as elusive as ever. Maybe next time.
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