On our trip to Scotland in Sept/Oct of last year, we headed north one day to visit Loch Ness.
The major tourist spot is the Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and since we'd purchased the 7 day Historic Scotland Explorer Pass we took advantage of it.
The castle is right on the banks of Loch Ness so there was no reason not to look for that monster.
We had a beautiful day too.
The castle and its site have witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in Scottish history.
This is where St. Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century.
The castle was sacked and rebuilt countless times.
In 1692 it was blown up to prevent the Jacobites from using it.
No monsters out there!
Here is a schematic of its history.
Now its just magnificent ruins.
Above is one of my favorite views in Scotland. I am puzzled though by what the lines are in the forested hills.