Scotland, Day 7: From the Isle of Skye to Inverness

      The day we visited two castles and were bitterly disappointed with the so-called Dog Falls.

Morning

Our 7th day in Scotland was another driving day. The first stop was on our way out of the Isle of Syke, at Eilean Donan Castle (£7.50 adults, £ 4.00 children). The castle is located in a very small island at the point where three different lochs meet.

Although I don’t remember much about the visit itself (it was 4 years ago!), I do remember enjoying it a lot. Manel, unfortunately, didn’t share my opinion. The castle has a lot visitors and it can become crowded. I think it was this, together with the fact that the castle was repaired and remodeled at the beginning of the 20th century, that wasn’t enough to convince him.

Eilean Donan Castle. Beatiful, but crowded. You can actually see quite a lot of people in the picture crossing the bridge to the castle.

Afternoon

We then continued our drive towards Inverness. Our next stop was the famous Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. The castle is in ruins and you shouldn’t expect to see grand rooms and beautiful decorations. However, the ruins and the location are impressive. By the way, we hadn’t had lunch and we decided to grab something to eat there. I remember having some carrot cake that was really good.

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
A trebuchet at Urquhart Castle.
A fuller panoramic picture of Urquhart Castle.
A more detailed view of the buildings, now in ruins, that are part of Urquhart Castle.

Since we finished our visit earlier than we expected, we decided to make a little detour before going to Inverness. We decided to visit Glen Affric and the Dog Falls. We left the car in the car park and followed the path to the Dog Falls. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with our walk: there was no vantage point from which the falls could be seen completely. In addition to this, just as we were leaving the falls and returning to the car park, we noticed that we were just next to the road and that we could have just followed it instead of the circular path we had taken.

View from Glen Affric. At least it was beatiful, even if the falls were a complete let down.
River Affric and the Dog Falls. See the falls? Exactly, me neither.

After this, we drove to our B&B in Inverness. We stayed at St. Ann’s House, which is only a 20-minute walk from Inverness Castle and the city centre. At the B&B we received a very warm welcome from the owner. He gave us plenty of advice on what to do and where to go. Following his recommendation, we had lunch at a pub which was pretty good, but I don’t remember its name.

Summary & Recommendations

The best:

  • Eilean Donan Castle (in my opinion, not Manel’s)
  • The kindness of the B&B owner

The good:

  • Urquhart Castle
  • Glen Affric

The worst:

  • Dog Falls
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