On a rare sumer weekend without visitors we headed north to see the capital of Highlands – Inverness and the Loch Ness.
Travel tip: take an advantage of bargain train tickets called advanced tickets; in our case Edinburgh to Inverness for 15 instead of 52 return (with the Twotogether rail card), must be booked weeks in advance.
The direct train from Edi takes about 3.5h so it is worth to stay overnight. We booked nice B&B via Booking.com, but many places are not listed on such international networks.
Inverness is a lovely city with beautiful river Ness and picturesque Caledonian canal. Its lively, has lots of cafes, restaurants and shops – well worth to spend few nights out.
The area along the Caledonian canal with its locks resembles the Netherlands, and you can even rent a boat and sail for days on the canal all the way to the Fort Williams.
The little town called Muir of Ord is the home of Glen Ord distillery. They produce Singleton of Ord single malt whisky (sold in Asia) but a large part of production goes to Johnny Walker blended whisky. The tour was good and included 2 wee drums of whisky. When you become member of the friends of malt at malt.com, the tour is free. Join the club – it is completely free!
No visit to Inverness would be complete without seeing the iconic Loch Ness. Its easy to reach being only half an hour bus ride away. We’ve avoided all tourist traps and went straight to the best spot – the Urquart Castle. This is a beautiful ruined castle right at shore with stunning views over the loch. Its free on the Historic Scotland membership and also included in the Explorer passes.
We even got a picture with the monster(s)!