Day 21: Highland Tour

Thursday, July 16, 2015
The start of my non-academic weekend Mini-Trip began with a tour of the Highlands of Scotland.

GORGEOUS. With some wildflowers for spice (via K. Emmons)
GORGEOUS (via K. Emmons)

My Mom, friend, and I made it to St. Giles Cathedral (pause for picture)…

St. Giles (
St. Giles (“j” sound) Cathedral (via K. Emmons)

…and hopped on a bus for a 12 hour tour with Highland Experience Tours! (Note to Americans: “concessions” in the UK mean reduced price tickets for students or senior citizens… not food. Love you, Mom…)

Highland Experience (via K. Emmons)
Highland Experience (via K. Emmons)

I highly suggest the tour if you have a day! I think it’s a necessary experience, but that could be because I fell in love with the place…

Ready for 12 hours! (via K. Emmons)
Ready for 12 hours! (via K. Emmons)

I know we went from Edinburgh west to Glen Coe, north to Ben Nevis, Fort William, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness, through Inverness, and back south through the Cairngorm Mountains to Edinburgh.

Tour Map (via Highland Experience)
Tour Map (via Highland Experience)

Get ready for picture inundation:

Panoramics don't even do it justice (via K. Emmons)
Panoramics don’t even do it justice (via K. Emmons)
A Ben... mountain (via K. Emmons)
A Ben… mountain (via K. Emmons)
Happy, happy, happy (taken by M. Emmons)
Happy, happy, happy (taken by M. Emmons)
Wildflowers and sunshine (via K. Emmons)
Wildflowers and sunshine (via K. Emmons)
Heeland Coos! (via K. Emmons)
Heeland Coos! (via K. Emmons)
Ignore me. Focus on the background.  (taken by M. Emmons)
Ignore me. Focus on the background. (taken by M. Emmons)

We even took a 1 hour cruise on Loch Ness!

The Jacobite Rebel on Loch Ness (via K. Emmons)
The Jacobite Rebel on Loch Ness (via K. Emmons)
On board the Jacobite Rebel (via K. Emmons)
On board the Jacobite Rebel (via K. Emmons)
Searching for Nessie (via K. Emmons)
Searching for Nessie (via K. Emmons)
I might have had a whiskey to increase my chances of seeing Nessie (via K. Emmons)
I might have had a whiskey to increase my chances of seeing Nessie (via K. Emmons)
Loch Ness past the people (via K. Emmons)
Loch Ness past the people (via K. Emmons)

Such a fantastic day with our driver, Sergio! He’s multilingual too! Technically he’s an Italian born in Belgium now living in Scotland. Don’t worry… he had a bit of a Scottish accent.

Check out the Cranachan ice cream I had that day on the Food in England/Scotland page!

I would love to return to such a magical realm. It almost makes you believe in faeries and Nessie, aye?

On to Day 22!

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