We were the first to board our bus for the tour to Loch Ness, so we got the prime seats up front. Just before our first rest stop, a sign said the road to Glencoe was closed due to an accident. Our feisty, Scottish driver, Brian, was determined to get us to Loch Ness, so he took a long detour. I took several photos while the bus was moving, and some of them turned out remarkably well. The Stalker Castle photo being the best. Stalker Castle lies on Loch Laich near Loch Linnhe approximately 25 miles north of Oban. The castle was built by Sir John Stewart, Lord of Lorn, ca. 1446. It sits on an islet known as the Rock off the Cormorants and was used as a location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
After stopping at Spean Bridge Mill for a quick lunch, we headed for Loch Ness. Our boat tour of Loch Ness was uneventful, no Nessie! The water in Loch Ness looks almost black because the loch is so deep. We had plenty of time for photos from the boat and then we continued our journey. Once again, I got some good photos while the bus was in motion. The heather on the moors reminded me of all the novels I’ve read over the years about the Highlands of Scotland. As we neared Edinburgh, we crossed the new Queensferry Bridge that was dedicated by the Queen last weekend.