We also made a mandatory stop at Loch Ness and joined several others in the hunt for Nessie but rather than finding the sea monster, I almost left behind my brand new jacket at one of the restaurants there! This is what happens when you are too busy enjoying the view from the corner table. The thought of having to survive the rest of my trip without the jacket is still horrifying! Brrrrr....Though considering news reports 2 perhaps if I'd stuck around Nessie just might have played peek-a-boo with me!We were lucky to enjoy good weather through the trip and were elated to see the sparkling waters of the loch during a lunch stop at Fort Augustus.Avid movie goers will definitely recognise the castle that appeared in a James Bond film. And for Hindi movie buffs, watch the title track of Rani Mukerji's second movie and you will recognise this as the backdrop. Ridiculously gorgeous, this is one place where you will not mind spending some precious bucks to enter. And enter you must. How else will you see the restored grandeur? The best - and creepiest - part is the kitchen that has lifelike figures and almost real fake food (this made me really hungry), recreating what would have been a pre-dinner bustling kitchen. Photography inside the castle is prohibited.The view Rolling hills and clouds like powder puffs touching the peaks of mountains, massive water bodies and the play of light, this is the view as you drive up to the Isle of Skye. Lambs skipping onto paths, wild deer looking at you wide-eyed and bunches of heather flowers growing on roadsides will keep you marvelling at nature even as bundles of peat left in the vast farms will have you sit up to ask questions.One could almost imagine a scene out of an English classic as described by our driver, who seems to have experience of sitting around peat fires for some story telling. "It (peat) makes a lovely fire. It's so nice and cosy and gives out a soft glow, creating a perfect warm environment. It does not crackle or sparkle and is the best kind of story telling fire," he shared. How I wish I could return yet again to the land of the Scots to experience this too.Oops... did I say Sean Connery? I meant Sean Gordon.read more on 'From The Corner Table'
En route our destination Klyeakin in the Isle of Skye, we visited and crossed several places like Forth Bridges, Pitlochry, Glen Shiel, Ruthven Barracks, Culloden battlefield and the Loch Ness. The Scottish Highlands are gorgeous. Neil told us dozens of interesting stories about Jacobite rising, myths, and facts about clan rivalries and monsters. He even played some good old Scottish bagpipe music. We saw the Eilean Donan Castle on our way to Klyeakin, the same spot that was used as a filming location for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’s title track. We do love exotic filming locations.
This charming riverside town is the capital of the Scottish Highlands. It’s a great base for a getaway to Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the gorgeous Isle of Skye.
Probable home of the Loch Ness Monster.