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Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

Loch Ness – the home of Nessi and cute vintage cars. And my last stop before heading back home via Edinburgh. After my afternoon at the Black Isle Natalie drove me to my little hut in Drumnadrochit at the shores of Loch Ness.

Once again I was staying with a fellow photographer Margaret who does the most beautiful landscape photography around Scotland.

Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

I started to walk towards Urquhart Castle hoping there would be fewer visitors in the evening, with my Historic Scotland membership the entrance was free anyway. And it was a great walk looking down on Loch Ness.

Loch Ness

Famous for its monster Nessi, Loch Ness is a large and deep freshwater loch near Inverness. It is the second-largest loch in Scotland after Loch Lomond and it is the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar – by volume it is the biggest one.

Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

There are many theories about Nessie, is it a dinosaur or a very big eel, does it really exist? Unfortunately, I didn´t see a sign of the monster.

Tales of a large monster living deep beneath the dark expanses of Loch Ness have circulated the world since the first photograph emerged in 1933. With over 1,000 eye-witness accounts, sightings and unexplained evidence, scientists continue to be baffled by the existence of Nessie. (Visit Scotland)

Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

After about 25/30 minutes of walking, I got the first sight of Urquhart Castle and still had enough time to explore it properly. More about it next time!

Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

Drumnadrochit

The next day I walked into the village to book a boat trip and get some coffee. It was relatively early and Drumnadrochit was still quiet. It is a lovely little village, very dedicated to Nessie!

Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

Lots of souvenir shops and lots of Nessies. I got my coffee and booked a boat trip, which was just great. I choose one of the small boats, we were a group of six or seven people plus our captain, who told us many tales about the Loch and his mysterious monster.

Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

Taking a wee walk from Drumnadrochit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle-

Next to Urquhart Castle, which looks amazing from the loch, we got some company. But no Nessie was seen!

 

The Black Isle is neither black nor an isle but a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water near Inverness. I had returned my car at Inverness and met Natalie who showed me a bit of the Black Isle while photographing some portraits of her.

Photographin the wonderful Natalie on the Black Isle, Scotland.

The Black Isle is another wonderful place to explore Scottish nature and see the wildlife, dolphins, otter, deer, seals and osprey – they all enjoy it here.

One of the region’s great draws is its pod of resident bottlenose dolphins. At Chanonry Point, in between Fortrose and Rosemarkie, they can often be seen frolicking in the Moray Firth. (VisitScotland)

We actually went to Chanonry Point, enjoy the view towards the Moray Coast but no dolphins were seen.

Photographin the wonderful Natalie on the Black Isle, Scotland.Photographin the wonderful Natalie on the Black Isle, Scotland.

During our time on the Black Isle, we had one or two little rain showers and enjoyed the beautiful dramatic sky!

Photographin the wonderful Natalie on the Black Isle, Scotland. Photographin the wonderful Natalie on the Black Isle, Scotland.

Definitely another spot in Scotland I want to explore further another time!

Photographin the wonderful Natalie on the Black Isle, Scotland.Photographin the wonderful Natalie on the Black Isle, Scotland.