Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Delving into Loch Ness

I'm expecting big things from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games that begin this week.

Not so much in the sporting arena, but I think the Opening and/or Closing Ceremony would be an opportune time for Scotland to finally unveil Nessie, aka the Loch Ness Monster.
Loch Ness

I can see it now.   Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle... and Nessie dancing to Scotland the Brave.

Let's face it, Nessie was pretty much born to play the role of Games mascot.

By the Loch Ness shore

It would also be a fitting reward to all those tourists, like myself, who've travelled to Loch Ness and failed to see any sighting of the beast that lies below.

In fact the only monsters my friend and I saw on our visit to Loch Ness were the hordes of children descending on the shoreline and screaming for Nessie (no wonder she keeps a low profile).

Urquhart Castle

Even without the prospect of catching a glimpse of Nessie, Loch Ness is an enchanting place to visit.

We arrived from Inverness in the morning when low-lying clouds were clinging to the mountains that fringe the loch.  

Urquhart Castle, well, what's left of it, sits on a headland that juts out into the loch and provides a great vantage point for monster spotting.

While it looks like it might topple over at any minute, we're able to walk up to the top of the remnants of the castle's tower.  

From here, we see that Loch Ness is... well to state the obvious... big and beautiful.  Our thirst for some quintessential Scottish Highland scenery has been quenched.

Even with the sunshine and good visibility, we failed to spot Nessie.

But I'm guessing that we'll all see plenty of Nessie (or something that's supposed to look like her) when the curtains rise on the Glasgow Games in the next few hours.

Let the Games begin!

Loch Ness... sans Nessie

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