After steam trains on Saturday, we decided to take to the water on Sunday! Nigel loves boats, and Jacobite Cruises do an afternoon trip along the Caledonian Canal and into Loch Ness.
We boarded the Jacobite Queen on the outskirts of Inverness after lunch. It is a lovely boat, well set out inside, and with plenty of places to go outside too.
The first excitement was going through the lock. The drop was only a couple of feet, but it was fun!
The banks of the canal were mainly tree-lined, with many different varieties of tree, something I am not used to! I loved the different shapes and textures.
Some were in bud and other were in flower.
And the gorse was in full flower everywhere!
Once through the lock we came to the place where the canal and the River Ness part. It was very odd seeing water on a slope!
Nigel was enjoying the trip, sitting happily in the sun while I took photos.
We passed a variety of big houses – I particularly liked this one – a late Victorian ‘folly’ built all at once to look as if it had been built in stages over the past 4 or 5 hundred years!
The waters of Loch Ness are cloudy, due to the peat in the water. You can actually see the brown tinge in the wake.
Jacobite Cruises run two boats at present (number 3 is joining the fleet in the next couple of months) and we saw the other boat doing a different trip, only on Loch Ness itself.
The trip we were on took us as far as Castle Urquhart, about half way along the loch on the northern shore.
We stopped to let some folk off for a visit and were joined by the other boat for a short spell…
… then we turned and started the homeward journey.
Back through the lock….
… and past some pretty expensive-looking boats…
… to the starting point.
(And no, we didn’t see the monster, but if you want to know who thinks they have see here!!)