Highlands Tour (Nathan)
Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
59Trip End Oct 27, 2010
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Central Youth Hostel
What we did see was beautiful, and I'd really like to revisit the Highlands sometime in a less rainy season and go hiking and exploring a bit. The pictures I took don't do it justice at all. Our first stop was just a little tourist shop with a couple Highland cows, which had me pretty excited... I'd heard about Highland cows ever since we arrived in Scotland and was eager to see one
We stopped in a small town for lunch, and Glennica and I split a steak casserole, though it seemed more like a stew to me. It was very good, though... that's one thing I've been finding overseas, is that the food seems to be higher quality. Even convenience food is pretty decent. I don't remember a whole lot more of the trip... our guide was telling us about the Glencoe(?) massacre and how it's one of the most reviled events in Scottish history, and about William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, who we'd already heard about several times by now. Eventually we arrived in Fort Augustus, the farthest point on our journey and the home of Loch Ness. There was an option to go on a boat and look for the Loch Ness Monster, but we opted to save some money and explore the town instead.
It was a nice little place, and fun to wander. We found a fountain from 1897 celebrating Queen Victoria's jubilee, just another example of historical objects casually lying around as though they weren't even old, again, something you just don't see much in the United States
The rest of the trip was pretty much a straight drive back to Edinburgh. There was a stop planned for a walk in the woods, but it was so cold and wet and miserable (and this is coming from someone who LIKES rain) that nobody wanted to do it, so it got voted down. Our guide told us his opinions on what makes a good whisky and some of the difference between the regional varieties, which was pretty interesting even though I rarely drink. The last stop was another town of tourist crap, and then we arrived back in late evening. It was a pretty disappointing trip, but I did at least get a hint of what the Highlands are like, and I saw some amazing mountains and valleys that I couldn't photograph from the moving bus. And somehow, even though it ruined a lot of the trip, the harsh cold rainy weather seemed appropriate for a visit to the Scottish Highlands.