After our busy time in Edinburgh, we headed up north to the beautiful highlands and the very Scottish town of Inverness. The four-hour train ride to Inverness was a great way to take in the beautiful countryside with its green rolling hills and tiny yellow flowers that are the epitome of simple beauty.
We had a late arrival to Inverness so after settling in to our B&B accommodation and making some tea we decided to call it a night. The next morning we headed to town and strolled around the small, but charming, streets of Inverness. We browsed several tourist shops, made our way into my favorite store, Poundland, and got a pretty yummy lunch at a small pastry shop, the highlight of it being the Cornish pie that Greg praised as amazing. After our tasty lunch we walked along the River Ness, taking in the beautiful views and plenty of fresh air and made a couple pit stops along the way at the Inverness Castle, which is not so much a tourist attraction, despite the tourists wandering around its exterior, as it is a functioning courthouse, and at the understated St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
On our last full day in Inverness we took a Jacobite river cruise that sailed along the historic Caledonian Canal and into Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, or what little remains of it, stands. Luckily we had a nice, sunny day, which made it all the more enjoyable to float past the estate homes and former royal grounds along the banks of Loch Ness. The views were pretty amazing and exactly how you would expect the highlands to look: green, luscious and absolutely beautiful. The river cruise was relaxing and a very nice way to take in the Highland beauty. The only disappointment was that Greg, as he claimed was a dream, was not able to wrestle Nessie.
For our last meal in Inverness we went to the very Scottish Hootenanny Pub. The place was full of locals having a good time. The beer and food did not disappoint and left us very full and happy and ready for a good night’s sleep.
The next morning we left bright and early to embark on a seven hour train ride south to Nottingham, the land of Robin Hood and Little John.