1 Shot Wednesday: Urquhart Castle

My annual summer trip abroad with students and family was outstanding. We went to London and Scotland. We got back yesterday, so as I organize my photos, I will offer one today. Our group went to the Highland Mountains and visited Loch Ness. From Wikipedia: “Urquhart Castle is a fortress that sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. The castle is on the A82 road, 21 kilometres south-west of Inverness and 2 kilometres east of the village of Drumnadrochit. The present ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, though built on the site of an early medieval fortification.”

Dark waters caused by peat deposits obscure Nessie the monster and the actual depth of the loch. We enjoyed our visit exploring the ruins including a boat ride. I haven’t been to Scotland since 1984 when I was in the Navy and stationed above the Highland Mountains at Thurso, the northern tip. It was a homecoming. More photos forthcoming.

Urquhart Castle

41 Comments on “1 Shot Wednesday: Urquhart Castle

  1. Oh my, back already? That seems to have gone quickly.
    I know this castle, from numerous trip to the area. Looking forward to more memories, Cindy. πŸ™‚
    At least you must have enjoyed the unusually good weather?
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  2. It is beautiful, I’ve visited there many moons ago, glad to see it unchanged. Very glad you had good weather, London though πŸ€ͺ when you could have come to Newcastle instead! πŸ˜ƒ

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  3. That is a spectacular shot! I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland – did you find it easy to travel there? Love to see more from this great adventure!

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    • Hiya John,
      Oh, it was marvelous. A whirlwind adventure. I have designs to return and stay for a week or two instead. Slow the pace down, rent a car, stay in an Air BnB, etc.. The group travel is fun and I love watching the students’ eyes widen with amazement. I highly recommend it. Stay tuned, soon as I catch my breath, I’ll share some favorite pictures.

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  4. Brother Bruce claims he stayed in Inverness Castle way back in the 70’s. It’s closed to the public now, so that was a pretty special experience.
    Doubt I’ll ever get over there.
    This time around.

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    • Hi JC. Well, unfortunately we drove around it. I didn’t get to stay and visit longer–that’s for a future trip probably when I retire. I don’t know if you can sleep in IC or not. But, it was a beautiful return and I’m pining for it, still.

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  5. Spectacular photography. What a lonely place that would have been to live. One wonders what they would have to fortify against in medieval times up there.

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  6. Beautiful photos as usual πŸ™‚ I am glad that you, your students and your family enjoyed the trip to both London and Scotland πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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  7. As far as I know, during WW2, people were posted to Thurso as a punishment. Having said that, when I visited some forty years ago, it was a nice little ferry port with some terrifyingly spectacular cliffs. People still see the monster, by the way, and it remains quite a mystery, despite all of the faked photographs.

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    • Since we have alligators in the states and other parts of the world have living dinosaurs, and I’ve heard the depth is 900 feet, it seems plausible to me that a sea creature has survived the centuries. Those sterrifyingly spectacular cliffs are etched in my heart. I remember after a watch standing on the edge of them and the wind and the spray and the ancient aura affected me beyond measure.

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  8. That is a beautiful sight. I’m going to ask my friend, who lives in Fife, if he has been there. I looked for Nessie in your photo, alas did not see her.

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