Best Western Windsor Hotel

16 Albert Street, Inverness, IV12 4HP, United Kingdom

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Travel Tips for Inverness

The Road Less Travelled

by s131313

The route down the eastern side of Loch Ness from Inverness is definitely the "road less travelled." One lane in many places, but has parking areas which allow access to the shore of the Loch. A couple of spots that are opposite from Urquhart Castle, which make for great pictures. Very pretty drive.

Loch Ness

by Kaspian

Loch Ness is the second-largest lake in Scotland, but it is so deep that it is the largest in overall volume. The loch is 37 km (23 miles) long and sits in the Great Glen, a geologic fault that runs the width of the Scotland. The water is very murky due to peat from the soil. It's depth averages 183 m (600 ft).
There are lots of "Nessie" boat tours of the Loch, where travellers can search for the legendary Loch Ness Monster. I've been told these tours are very fun, if not just for the spectacular views from the water of the Highland scenery and Urquhart Castle. I also found, to my surprise, that most locals actually like to talk about the legends of the monster. They all swear to either having seen it personally or know somebody who's had a run-in with the poor beast.
Loch Ness got its name from the phrase "tha loch nis ann", which means "there is a loch there now". It refers to an old legend in which a woman forgot to put the cap back on a well and water flooded the valley below, forming the lake.
I loved all the red rocks surrounding the shores. I took one little red pebble with me as a souvenir and I swear it stays permanently cold to the touch.

Fort George - Barracks

by stevezero

Accomodation consists of three storied Georgian architecture of the barracks which form streets around a central square, very much like an elegant small town of the period. Some are now museums, and other building sre still used for their original purpouse as troop housing.

Oban, Scotland

by LaineBelle

"Isle of Mull & Tobermory"

"Isle of Iona"

I had to catch the 7am bus from Tobermory to Craignure, change buses and on to Fionnphort then a ferry to Isle of Iona. Another amazingly beautiful trip.

The ferry from Fionnphort to Iona and back runs every 1/2 hour and I meant to return on the noon ferry but, I spent too much time exploring. It isn't as large or as isolated as I had expected; it is, however, beautiful! There are several restaurants and cafes, B&Bs, a hotel, craft shops and the ubiquitous souvenir shops - although they were more tasteful than one often finds.

I tried to imagine St. Columba and the monks living in those stone buildings in the winter with Atlantic storms battering them. Chilling! I don't know how they ever survived. They were very hardy souls.

"Iona"

From the ferry I walked up through the little village to the Abbey. I just can't imagine spending the winter in these stone buildings! Brrrrr. I enjoyed the carved high crosses and graveslabs very much. There was a Greek Orthodox Church service being held in Oran's Chapel. I didn't realize services were held here, other than Catholic in the main St. Columba's Abbey Church. Another surprise was that there is a modern sculptor working on new carvings on the columns of the cloister.

This is a beautiful island with lovely flower and vegetable gardens.

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