Last week, I visited Inverness with a lovely group of bloggers – we stayed at Eagle Brae luxury log cabins and spent one of days on a cruise in search of the Loch Ness Monster, then onto Urquhart Castle. It was a beautiful day and I couldn’t help thinking how lucky we had been with the weather as we boarded the cruise. I was sure it would be snowing in January and as ever, disorganised me forgot to order myself snow boots. However, I was pleasantly surprised and there was next to no wind when we were cruising along the Loch Ness.
Our cruise was with Jacobite Tours and we were able to hop on the boat from Clansman Harbour, where we cruised all the way to Urquhart Castle. Jacobite Tours offer 3 tariffs for their cruises and we had a Freedom pass, which allowed us to stop for an hour at the castle to look around. I liked this flexibility and the time allocated was perfect explore the castle and enjoy the surroundings. I was blown away by the views from the cruise – I don’t think the pictures show just how amazing it was and how the sun just glistened on the water!
Urquhart Castle is truly beautiful and although some of the castle is now ruins, I really enjoyed walking around and reading about its history. There were plaques dotted around the key areas of the castle and we were able to walk up to the height of the tower and see the magnificent views. Just before we were due to head back to the boat, we also saw several harrier jets whizz by, which I know Emma would have loved to see. We were lucky that the sun was shining during our walk around and watching the sun set by the water made the afternoon very special.
I’d recommend our Jacobite cruise and seeing Urquhart castle as a must-see if you’re visiting Inverness. I personally couldn’t believe how big the Loch Ness is – being a typical Southerner, I think I expected it to be much smaller! Our Freedom pass with Jacobite was only £22 per person, which I thought it great value along with the entrance to the castle included. I’ve also filmed our day out in a video below so you can see the beauty of where we were:
After our day out along the Loch Ness, we retreated to Eagle Brae for a little rest before a very special dinner at Kingsmills Hotel in Central Inverness. I loved having a look around the hotel, which had traditional Scottish decor and a very homely feel. Our lovely hostess let us see some of the rooms and it was lovely to see how much thought they’d put We were completely spoiled with lots of champagne and a gorgeous four-course dinner with the finest Scottish food. There was even a local bagpiper, who played Highlands music to us before our dinner was served, which made it such an occasion. Our dinner was: Cullen Skink (traditional soup made of smoked haddock and potato), haggis, neeps and tatties, Scottish bonnet steak and an oat-topped crumble for pudding. I then tried Scottish tablet with my coffee, which was something new to me but I loved it. To say I felt truly spoiled after the meal is a complete understatement!
Sadly, we only had 48 hours to explore Inverness and soon enough it was time for us to go home. It was so lovely to be able to go away for a few days with such a lovely group of bloggers I’ve met over the past year – Mel from ‘Le Coin De Mel‘, Laura at ‘Dear Bear and Beany‘, Rosie at ‘Mummy and Boo‘, Lauren at ‘Scrapbook Blog‘, Laura at ‘Five Little Doves‘, Nicole at ‘The Littlest Darlings‘, Laura at ‘Tired Mummy of Two‘, Clare at ‘Mudpie Fridays‘, Sarah-Jayne at ‘Keep Up With The Jones Family‘ and Donna from ‘What The Redhead Said‘ (who couldn’t make it this time but was there in spirit!). Upon arriving home, I started telling Emma about the Loch Ness Monster and she was so intrigued that I think we’ll have to make a visit as a family soon.