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Inverness :: Searching For Loch Ness Monster, Urquhart Castle and Kingsmills Hotel

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.

Photo Credit: Le Coin De Mel

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!

Photo Credit: Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

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.



  1. January 20, 2018 / 12:06 am

    It looks and sounds like you all had an amazing time! Scotland is really high up on my list of places that I want to visit in the near future, it just always looks so beautiful in photos. It is such a trek from Cornwall though!

    Stevie xx

  2. January 23, 2018 / 6:51 am

    It looks like you had an incredible time. I’m amazed at how lucky you were with the weather too. When we visit family in Scotland we are NEVER that lucky! #dreamteam

  3. January 23, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Gorgeous photos! And Scotland always has a special place in my heart after hubby and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary up there. I think a cruise on Loch Ness sounds amaaaazing!

    And I bet you had so much fun meeting up with all the bloggers. I’d love to meet some of my fellow blog buddies in real life one day! #dreamteam

  4. Something About Baby
    January 23, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Ah this looks amazing! Visiting Scotland has always been on my list of things to do, having family links there, and this definitely looks like a lovely place to go. Not sure I’d have been able to eat haggis though, unless I wasn’t told what it was… #dreamteam

  5. January 23, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Ah it looks like you all had a wonderful time! I’ve never been to that part of Scotland, it looks beautiful. #dreamteam

  6. barriebismark
    January 23, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Such beautiful photos! I would love to go to Scotland one day.

  7. January 23, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Hi, it looks like you all had a fantastic time. I would love to go hunting for the Loch Ness Monster #DreamTeam

  8. January 23, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Wow it looks like you enjoyed perfect weather! Those photos are fabulous. One day I will meet all you real bloggers! #dreamteam

  9. January 23, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    Wow what a lovely place and such beautiful descriptions. One for the bucket list #dreamteam

  10. EmmaMc
    January 23, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    What a beautiful place and gorgeous pics, I adore Scotland and would love to visit Loch Ness. #dreamteam

  11. January 23, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to scotland and this post makes me adamant to go!!! Maybe not this year with the twins though!!! #dreamteam

  12. January 24, 2018 / 12:23 am

    We love Inverness… it is absolutely gorgeous! Fab pics and looks like you’ll had a lovely time.

  13. January 24, 2018 / 3:58 am

    Looks lovely! And what a nice idea for bloggers. Love the food pics. #dreamteam

  14. January 24, 2018 / 6:53 am

    From the pictures, it looks like you all had a fantastic time. Such a lovely idea for a bloggers meetup. Thanks for sharing.#Dreamteam

  15. January 24, 2018 / 9:08 am

    wow, what an experience and beautiful location X #dreamteam

  16. January 24, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    It sounds wonderful. It’s not necessarily somewhere I would have thought of visiting but it looks beautiful!

  17. January 26, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    That is really beautiful! I haven’t actually been on a cruise yet but I’m hoping within the next year I can go on one. They seem like a great way to spend a vacation and I love being out on the water:) #dreamteam

  18. January 27, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    Wow! What a fab treat! I’ve always had a thing about wanting to go out onto the lake to find and find the Loch ness monster. Scotland is up on our list of things to do, so I’ll keep this in mind. What did Emma make of nessie? 🙂 #DreamTeam xx

  19. January 28, 2018 / 8:23 am

    Looks like such an amazing retreat. I want to visit the crumbling castles of the UK and Scotland so badly! #DreamTeam

  20. January 28, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Stunning scenery and an amazing location. Would love this in the summer, though!

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