The Scottish Highlands are beautiful! We left Edinburgh early in the morning and headed north to St. Andrews. The town got its name because a Greek priest relocated select remains of St. Andrew from Greece when armies from Constantinople were bearing down on the city. He was directed to take the bones as far away as possible to somewhere in the West. St. Andrews is now known as the birthplace of golf and as the home of the prestigious St. Andrews University (also where Prince William & Kate Middleton apparently met as students). The town itself was remarkably beautiful, but very cold. After grabbing a quick breakfast, we walked down to the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral which was picturesque. We then walked through part of the campus of St. Andrews University which was as beautiful as you’d expect. We concluded at the world famous golf course before boarding our bus.
About an hour and a half later, we stopped in a small town, Pitlochry, for lunch before proceeding to Loch Ness.
We boarded a boat for a one hour tour around the lake. It was beautiful, but I wish the tour went more in depth on the hunt for the Loch Ness monster, Nessie, instead of just pointing out buildings and castles around the lake.
How I would have looked if I saw the Loch Ness Monster
After our tour, we headed to our hotel about 15 minutes away, changed our clothes & boarded the bus again to head back to Loch Ness. About 20 members of our group jumped into the loch, which was freezing cold. I was going to join them, but wouldn’t have been able to get back out of the water as it was low tide and I would have had to climb a 3 foot ladder to get out of the water.
We then headed back to our hotel and met up an hour later for dinner. After dinner, we headed to the hotel bar for trivia with our Contiki group & card games. We decided to call it a night when the bar closed around 1 in the morning.