Cruising Loch Ness

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.

001We 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!

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- gamma; crop; resizeThe 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.

003Some were in bud and other were in flower.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeAnd the gorse was in full flower everywhere!

PhotoELF Edits:2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeOnce 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!

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeNigel was enjoying the trip, sitting happily in the sun while I took photos.

007We 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!

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeThe waters of Loch Ness are cloudy, due to the peat in the water. You can actually see the brown tinge in the wake.

008Jacobite 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.

009The trip we were on took us as far as Castle Urquhart, about half way along the loch on the northern shore.

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resizeWe stopped to let some folk off for a visit and were joined by the other boat for a short spell…

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resize… then we turned and started the homeward journey.

013Back through the lock….

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- resize… and past some pretty expensive-looking boats…

PhotoELF Edits: 2015:04:19 --- Save - Overwrite --- crop; resize… to the starting point.

(And no, we didn’t see the monster, but if you want to know who thinks they have see here!!)

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