Inverness and Aldourie

Driving Delerium

We had been on the road for a while by this point, and we were a little delirious. Babbling and mumbling, constipated and incoherent.

Ok, maybe it wasn’t THAT bad, but as you can see from the photo above, my husband couldn’t even manage to put his shoes on the right feet. He even laced and tied them before noticing!

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The industrial city of Inverness is not the most attractive, though Wikipedia says it has the highest standard of living anywhere in Scotland.

View of Inverness

All that really means though, is that wages are higher (or equal) and rent/property ownership is lower/more accessible.

We didn’t spend much time in Inverness. Initially we had planned to stop at least for lunch and a look, but we knew there were many other places coming up we would prefer to spend a few hours.

Streets of Inverness

No offence Inverness, I get it, you are industrial. Not your fault.

We drove through town, following the Loch Ness signs, taking some photos and trying to appreciate Inverness from a distance.

Stonework in Inverness

I didn’t take my average 300 photos per town, more like 15 or so. Blah, grey weather never helps an area sell itself, neither does drab 60’s and 70’s architecture (which Inverness has plenty of).

Very quickly, after leaving town, the landscape completely changes again and becomes green and lush. Lots of arboury along the narrow road that winds alongside the Loch Ness.

The Loch Ness

Loch is Scottish for Lake. A fact I didn’t learn until actually visiting Scotland (duh!). The Ness is, by volume, the largest lake in Scotland. It contains more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined.

Heading out of Inverness

A proud elderly tour guide from a previous trip tried to tell me that the Loch Ness had more water in it than all of the lakes in the world, but I knew better – though I didn’t say so.

I grew up beside the great lakes in Canada – a lot of water contained there too.

Aldourie

Along the way is fifteen bedroom castle Aldourie, now a hotel. First recorded as a mansion house in 1626, Aldourie was always well known as a holiday and party location.

It is the only habitable castle on the shores of the Loch Ness, and you can stay there for the ‘reasonable’ price of £6,325 – $10,081.71 CAD per night. Ouch!

Aldourie Castle on the Loch Ness

I know we will pass on that rate – twice more than the cost of our entire trip from Germany back to England, flights included!

This wouldn’t be my first trip to the Loch, so I knew there was a decent restaurant across the street. We were starving, and really looking forward to a good meal with a few drinks – some travel downtime!

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To follow this trip head to the ‘8 Country EU Tour‘ section. Enjoy many more photos of Scotland at the Habitual Runaway on Facebook.

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