Inverness, Scotland

Inverness does not have a good chipper. This was a serious blow to Brice’s Scotland in our ongoing “whose ancestors had the better country?” battle. BUT Inverness is on the River Ness and has cruise tours onto the infamous home of the Loch Ness Monster. So that’s pretty cool.

Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle

Our hostel, Inverness Student Hotel, was excellent because of the staff and the other travellers. Amanda (yet another Aussie) joined us on our Nessie hunting adventure, but we were all disappointed at the lack of options available. Renting bikes is almost as expensive as the cruise out of Inverness, so if you biked to the Loch you’d still have to find a cruise offered there for even more money. Finding your own row-boat, kayak, canoe, or whaling ship is also expensive or impossible. In the end, we settled on the cruise. But then saw the types of boats we wanted to rent!

Maybe renting a car and talking to locals would have worked, but we were short on time and took what we could get.

But just being on Loch Ness was amazing. We wanted to deliver a message to Nessie from Canada’s Ogopogo, Nessie’s long-distance boyfriend, but we couldn’t find her. James even tried drinking Nessie Ale on the boat to encourage her to appear.

But no. Sure we saw other mythological creatures of Scotland. But no Nessie.


The next day we had better luck. We walked along the River Ness, and there she was! Kind of…

Nessie liked Brice.

James...not so much...

Back at the hostel, we delighted Stef by asking her take a photo of us in the backyard with the interesting arrangement of rocks there. We had to climb down an embankment using a gardening hose as a rope to pose for this perfect picture with Pierre-Lou (he looks like Bret from Flight of the Conchords!), who joined us with the best choice of concealment.

Birthday Suit Up!

The hostel is going to put this photo up on the wall to encourage others to follow our example.


1 Comment

  1. Amanda said,

    June 28, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Haaaaaa… funny wish I was there to see the Nude up..missed out….now up on the Isle of Skye it is spectacular here …hope your travels are going wellxo

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