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Loch Ness Roadside

Loch Ness Roadside

Loch Ness lakeside

Loch Ness lakeside

We continued our search for roots and exploration of Scotland heading westward and north to Inverness. We continued to use the SatNav or NavSat whichever way round is correct – GPS system for North Americans.  We gave our SatNav navigator my family name, as it turned out he was always right! Ask anyone married to one of us.  Well, he was almost always right.  He did take us through rather than around Aberdeen, which was a mistake from a traffic point of view.  Mostly he was very helpful.  In Scotland he seemed to develop a problem with his accent and couldn’t pronounce ROAD – it kept us amused. We are a simple couple. We didn’t stop in Inverness, it was extremely busy and we needed to get to Fort William by the end of the afternoon after seeing Urquhart Castle.  We would like to return and stay near Inverness the next time.

Loch Ness before Urquhart Castle (Photo by SKS)

Loch Ness before Urquhart Castle (Photo by SKS)

One of Susan’s Aunts married a Urquhart, so we wanted to see the castle named for them. This was another exciting moment.

Susan about to check her roots at Urquhart Castle

SKS about to connect with her roots at Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle - not in the greatest shape now - maybe a starter castle or fixer upper - but location, location, location!

Urquhart Castle – not in the greatest shape now, glad they are only in-law cousins, a rowdy bunch by the look of things.  Could make a nice starter castle or fixer upper – but location, location, location!

We continued on our journey south towards Fort William. The scenery was stunning with lochs and glens and bens (bens are mountains, glens valleys and lochs are lakes). After travelling the extensive length of Loch Ness we crossed the River Oich and went past a small loch, Loch Uanagan.  We crossed back over the river, passed Loch Oich and then over the river once again and passed Loch Lochy.  Sounds like a lakey lake. (Wikipedia says “Loch Lochy in Scottish Gaelic is Loch Lochaidh) so there. Continuing on we reached Fort William at the top of Loch Linnhe.  We stayed at a lovely B&B called West Haven.  We were very well looked after and should have booked for more than just two nights (you can read my review in Bookings.com).

Reflections of Fort William area from Loch Linnhe

Reflections of Fort William area from Loch Linnhe

More of Loch Linnhe, Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis next time – and two waterfalls.

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