Wandering in Inverness and Highland Hiking!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

  June 3 was a relaxing day of simply walking through Inverness city centre and parks along the river Ness. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the temperature even got up to 26 degrees which is quite rare there. We ended the night with once again cooking ourselves supper and then hanging out in the hostel tv room.

  In the morning we left for our hike with our guide, from the same company that we did our walking tour of the city with, around 9:30am. The crappy thing was the night before we barely got any sleep because there was a club directly beneath our hostel and it was loud until 4am, so loud our ear plugs barely any of the noise out.
  Anyway, our guide gave us some boots to borrow because he said our Keens wouldn't do (we took his word for it). It took about an hour to drive to the hiking spot and when we got there we got all our gear ready, went to the washroom, then headed out. We were nervous about how hard the hike would be because the hills around us were massive (mountains actually, just not rocky and peaked like the ones we're used to back home) and the other couple with us looked a little more suited to hiking than us. It turned out to be the perfect day because it was cool enough that we didn't get over heated and we walked enough to keep from getting cold.
  Our guide pointed to where we would be climbing to and it didn't look that far away but looks can be very disceiving. We had to walk through bogs (good thing we got those boots) and up steep hills before we stopped at a lake almost at the peak of the mountain. When we looked back we had climbed a considerable distance. We were very proud of how awesome we did, especially of Jackie for making it so fart without almost dying. She did way better than any other hike/climb we've done but we think the cool weather helped immensely.
  We sat at the lake and ate lunch and took pictures of the amazing scenery and talked. We made our way back down after lunch and it was actually harder because the route we took was alot slipperier than the way up and more steep with a lot of bush as well. On the way down we spotted a group of deer in the distance and stopped to watch them for a bit; they took off before we could get very close but it was still very neat as apparently sighting any animals up there is pretty rare. We also stopped and checked out some small waterfalls on the way down. By the time we got to the bottom we had had just enough hiking and it was perfect timing; the day was great and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
  On the way back to town Jackie fell asleep in the van considering she got no sleep the night before and then climbed a mountian all day. She did manage to keep her eyes open long enough to get to see Loch Ness though; our guide had asked if we'd gotten out to see it yet and as we had not he took that way back to town and we got to drive by it. Sadly we didn't spot Nessie though.
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