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Bunchrew House Hotel

As a child, the Loch Ness monster captured my imagination. At that time, I never imagined that one day I would live in Scotland!

Going to visit Nessie’s hometown was pretty high on my list of roadtrips that I wanted to take with Mike, and so when we felt like a getaway one weekend recently, we found ourselves headed up north.

We found a last-minute room at Bunchrew House Hotel, which is a beautiful, converted 17th century Scottish mansion overlooking the waters of The Beauty Firth. It’s situated two miles outside of Inverness, and was a quiet place for relaxing at after busy days of exploring.

On our first day, we headed straight for┬áthe Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, where we learned about the mysterious legend of the Loch Ness monster, and the scientific research that was carried out on the loch as a result. I had never realised just how much scientific exploration happened on Loch Ness as a result of the sightings, and was struck by the depth of research done. I found it particularly interesting that apparently it’s been proven that the fish population in the loch isn’t high enough to sustain a large creature as a food source!

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Next we went to explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle, which overlooks Loch Ness. The dramatic 12th century castle was once a fortress, and was the scene of a number of significant moments in Scotland’s history, particularly in the Wars of Independence between Scotland and England, as they fought for control of the highlands.

urquhart-castle-loch-ness-scottish-jpg1The view of Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle

scotland-travel-blog-jpg1Enjoying the view at Urquhart Castle

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Me driving the boat on Loch Ness!

Then we joined a boat tour of Loch Ness, where we learned more of the history of the region, the loch and of course the Loch Ness monster (who was feeling shy that day!). By that time, we were ready to spend the evening relaxing over dinner and a glass of highlands whisky back at the hotel restaurant.

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Outside Bunchrew House Hotel

The Scottish flag flying proud out the front of the hotel

2 comments on “Visiting Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle”

    • It’s very striking! Definitely, I think we spent about 2 hours there and read most of the information on display and had a good look around during that time!

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