In tourists dreams Nessie swims calmly in the lake, crossing the surface of the water with his long neck. His magnificent silhouette outlines on the background of rocks, and the silence is broken only by the gentle splash.
It can be easily assumed that in the mind of an average tourist, slogan "Loch Ness" raises clear associations with the mysterious monster floating in the lake. If someone plans to go to these areas, will soon learn that there’s much more to see here than only the image of Nessie, which can be found at every step - from souvenirs in the form of plush mascots, ending with the figurines, mugs and pendants.
The famous lake is located in the north of Scotland, in the area of Highland. It’s situated in close proximity to the city of Inverness, with approximate amount of 50,000 residents. The city is characterized by the typical island climate, which can be unbearable for tourists, who aren’t accustomed to such whims of weather. For someone, who travels to the north, Inverness will be the last bigger center – when you go farther, you can expect only mountains and vast wastelands resembling the scenery straight from "Macbeth" and smaller towns. Some even say that it’s here, where the real, harsh Scotland begins.
On the other hand, residents of remote northern villages visit Inverness to go shopping, so in the local department stores you can meet customers from Durness or Thurso. Loaded down, they come back to their homes by cars or public transport - the deep north can be also reached by trains and buses.
Polish accents in the north of Scotland
Inverness is a city, where tourists from Poland may feel very familiar. In the past many of our countrymen came here for work and stayed. On the streets you can often hear the Polish language, while stores are full of familiar products.
Inverness is the capital of the region famous for whiskey. Slopes and valleys are full of distilleries, many of which open its interiors to visitors. It’s worth to use the opportunity and see how this fiery Scottish water is created. Just like in wineries, you can taste the whiskey here, but the trip, the purpose of which would be to check the strength of your taste buds, could be extremely short. After all, we are talking about liquors, whose percentage ranges between 40-45%, and even more.
Attractions of Inverness
Although the town doesn’t have an impressive size, it has a lot of places that are really worth visiting. Its big advantage is the location over the green banks of the River Ness. One of the most emblematic places of the city is a castle, standing proudly on a hilltop, called the Inverness Castle. Part of the building houses the court, while other parts are open to the public. From the top of the hill you can admire a wonderful view of the city and its surroundings. According to the legend, in the past there was a second castle located nearby, in which Macbeth deprived Duncan of life.
Another big attraction, besides the Loch Ness, is Urquhart Castle, standing on its banks, one of the largest objects of its kind in Scotland. The turmoil of history left the whole building in ruins, nonetheless, it still makes a huge impression on tourists.
While visiting the area, it’s definitely worth to devote a moment to get acquaint with Clava Cairns. They’re prehistoric tombs, also constituting a sort of local equivalent of Stonehenge. The attractions of the region also include Fort George, a great fortification.
Overnight at Nessie’s
If someone plans to visit this nice and mythical monster, he doesn’t need to worry about the accommodation. Caravanning lovers can stay at Camping Bought Park Caravan Park & Campsite, situated in the very heart of Inverness. The accommodation of two people and place for motorhome costs 16 pounds a day. On the spot, guests can use the laundry service (3 pounds), Internet (2 pounds), while for the access to electricity they have to pay 4 pounds.
Tourists, who spend the night in climatic Inverness, wake up well rested. They dream about Nessie, so eagerly looked for - because only the monster can decide, when and to whom he can show himself.