Loch Ness, our very first walkabout! Just as we decided to set up this blog, social media reminded us of the first time we met. We were touring with two bands, both bass players and both with very similar ideas, experiences and a love for walkabouts! So this is the second location we want to share with you and one close to my heart, my home, Scotland.
We travelled for two weeks from the south to the north of bonnie Scotland, including the 500 miles route. We stayed for a few days on the banks of beautiful Loch Ness, at the Old Pier House. This is set on private land so you will be sure of having some tranquillity and space to yourself, to wander the beautiful surroundings as well as feed the horses and see the Highland cow’s. This was another incredible find!
The different viewpoints of this area are stunning wherever you stay around the Loch and in all weather conditions. In bright sunny weather, you can see the sunlight moving through the trees and reflecting off the Loch. Even on the greyest of days, Loch Ness never fails to disappoint as it forms the dramatic and mysterious backdrop that Scotland is so famous for.
Another thing Loch Ness is famous for, of course, is the Loch Ness monster. Marco spent days staring at the loch in the hope that he would see the famous creature and could possibly get the perfect shot. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Whether you believe in Nessie or not, let’s keep the magic going. It’s from childhood dreams that will keep us all transfixed to discover the legends of the past. We might have to go back another weekend so he can see if luck will come his way.
Venturing back into the realms of more accepted reality, if you fancy a little more civilisation you can amble through the nearby village and try out some of the quaint coffee shops and restaurants or simply stock up on some luxury items, (we highly recommend some good Whisky), to curl up and enjoy in front of the fire. You can also sit and enjoy the Loch scenes as the sun goes down or gaze up at the stars. One of the best things about the Highlands is the lack of light pollution so if this is of interest to you, the clear night skies will certainly leave you in a peaceful state of mind. There’s no better way to end the day.
We had an amazing time here and this is only a small snippet of the trip we took. If you want to experience more of what the countryside in Scotland has to offer, we highly recommend hitting the road and trying out a few locations at a time. You will not be disappointed.
We’ll most likely head back to Scotland in these posts for some more locations but in the meantime, we’ll leave you with a little taster.
Thanks for joining us and we hope to see you on the next road trip!
Marco & Tracy
TOP TIPS FOR THIS LOCATION:
Scottish weather is very unpredictable, one minute it can be sunny and the next you can be in the midst of a snow storm, so make sure and bring warm clothes and waterproof boots.
There’s lots of marshland here so watch your footing. Always watch out for steep overhanging embankments as the ground can be unstable.
Scottish midges! This one’s important. Top tip here is Avon skin so soft. They hate it, you can also avoid the midges favourite time of the year, September, which should help you avoid these biting, itchy pests.
Remember and stock up on all your supplies during the day. Shops close early here so don’t get caught out.
Be careful on the roads, some areas of Scotland are very remote so you might find yourself driving on single tracks with traffic going both directions so keep alert.
Info: Fort Augustus