Jai Ho!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End May 24, 2010

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Stewart Hotel Appin

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Today was a long day of driving and yucky weather, it seemed. The day started off fine, we left our hotel for Loch Ness early in the morning. Alex, Connor, Katelyn, Maria and I all opted out of the cruise of Loch Ness, just because we felt like one Lake Cruise was enough. While everyone else searched for Nessie, we wandered the massive gift shop, had some warm drinks, and got our pictures taken with the on-land version of Nessie!
When everyone else returned from the lake cruise, we found out that Chris and Tash, an Australian couple on the tour got engaged on the cruise, and that Sean went for a swim in the lake! It was apparently an eventful trip that we missed out on! But we stayed warm, so it evens out a little.
The rest of the day just felt like nonstop driving! We stopped at Urquhart Castle, which is along Loch Ness for some photos, and we also stopped at Eilean Donan Castle. This is the castle of the Macleod Clan, and it was also where they filmed Made of Honor (which I loved, because I love Patrick Dempsey!), so that was pretty cool!
We went to the Isle of Skye, stopped for lunch in Portree (where I had the blandest burger ever; should have had the macaroni and cheese!), then drove even further to Kilt Rock, which supposedly looks like a kilt, but I personally didn't see the resemblance.
We stopped in Fort William for supper, where we just got a bit of free time to find our meals. This was the only time on the whole two and a half week tour that we really encountered rain. It poured the whole time we walked around trying to find supper. We ended up eating at a little hotel bar, where the food was okay, but 3 people in our small group had the worst service possible.
We arrived at the hotel, which, again, was in the middle of nowhere. There was signs on the road leading up to it basically saying that large coach buses weren't recommended to drive the road! For good reason! It's like a tiny little forest road!
We got to the hotel, and it was basically only our group staying there, plus one random couple. Safe to say, we took over. The rooms were hilarious. Alex and I's room was bright lime green; walls, carpet, bathroom. Other rooms were combinations of bright colours; purples, yellows, pinks, etc. Our room was massive, the two beds had about an 8x8 space in between them (perfect for a picnic, I decided). Maria and Katelyn's room looked tiny, just two beds with hardly any space around them, but when you closed the door to their room, it revealed a whole other room behind the door, with bunk beds in it. It was just the strangest hotel ever.
That night, we couldn't really leave to go out anywhere, so we stayed at the hotel. We took over its little bar area, all 50something of us. By the end of the night, our group had also drank them clean out of alcohol. I think that this night was one of the most fun nights of the trip because everyone just hung out together and I talked to new people and just had a fun time!
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