We were only in the Highlands for 3 days, but for the last leg of our journey, we stopped by Fort Augustus to catch a glimpse of Loch Ness where dear Nessie (the Scots’ beloved Loch Ness monster) resides (although sadly we didn’t see her). We also visited the Rare Breeds Farm there before driving on to Eilean Donan Castle on Eilean Donan (pronounced eh-lann doh-nan), a small tidal island where three lochs meet – Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh. The castle itself was closed by the time we arrived, but it was still a sight to behold.
We then continued on our treacherous journey up the steep hills to get to Applecross on the west coast of the Highlands. The shortest route is a one lane road carved on the side of high mountains, you pretty much drive at a snail’s pace in case of oncoming traffic or wildlife leaping down the steep mountainsides in front of your vehicle! We eventually got to our wigwam at the local campsite, safe and sound. It was a good experience though and we managed to get some amazing shots!
Eilean Donan Castle can be found near Dornie, by Kyle of Lochalsh (enter the postcode IV40 8DX on your SatNav). For enquiries, please phone 01599 555202.