Booked a trip on Loch Ness and of course we succeeded where all have failed! We found Nessie!
Well maybe not but it was a good trip, low season we were the only ones on the boat. We motored past Urquhart Castle, almost in the middle of Loch Ness's west shoreline. It is believed that this was the site of a hill fort before the castle was built. The dating for the fort is not very good but seems to indicate about 2000 BC.
The first recorded Nessie story is from the sixth century. Saint Columba was journeying to see King Brude (Pictish king) and discovered a man being attacked by a water beast. He drew the sign of the cross and ordered the monster to leave. Of course the beast turned and fled. Hmmmmmmm.
Travelled on through the Grampians, Cairngorm Mountains, Kinglessie, near Laggan. Monarch of the Glen was filmed near here.
Many of these names are familiar in Australia as well. We then went to Broughty Ferry as this was where Marie's ancestors came from.
Overnight near St Michaels at Pinewood Country House. Another great B&B, they keep coming.