We arrived in Inverness with no major issues. The drive was lovely! Getting into Inverness... thats the one time we truly got lost! Scottish towns do not mark their roads well, so we were all over the place before we came across a street we could find on the map that sort of kind of led us to our hotel. Once we got there and out of the car, Jay refused to drive again for the rest of the day!
It was fine, we walked around Inverness, stopped at a lovely little cafe for lunch and just enjoyed being in the town.
|looking up the River Ness|
|looking at Inverness|
The next day we headed out to Culloden. Culloden was the site of the last battle of the Jacobite Uprising. The history leading up to the battle and the turmoil that followed after, make up a very big chunk of Scottish history. I am a big history nerd, so things like this get me all excited. On top of that, I've devoured all of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, and she does an amazing job with the historical aspect of it! Anyway... Culloden. Its a moor. Its beautiful and sad. Its crazy to think a battle was fought there. We took the walking audio tour and it was great. Windy and cold, but great!
|Culloden Moor - beautiful and sad|
|Clan marker - Fraser is the clan used in Outlander!|
|clan marker - my family's roots|
After Culloden we jumped back in the car and just started driving. We headed south with no real destination in mind, but ended up along the banks of Loch Ness (no monster, sorry) and visited the ruins of Castle Urquhart.
|Jay and our rental|
|on the shores of Loch Ness|
|inside the castle ruins|
|Jay and I!|