July 24, 2005

Lisa: UK trip, day 10

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On Monday morning, we started on our way back to Edinburgh. After crossing the Skye Bridge for the last time, we headed up to Loch Ness for some photo opportunities. Our first stop was at Urquhart Castle. We didnít go into the castle, just took pictures of it with Loch Ness behind.

Then we stopped at the cheesiest Loch Ness gift shop ever, where there was an underpass we could take to get down to the water of the loch itself.

After Loch Ness, we drove through Inverness (where Frazer claimed all the people were ugly and inbred) and stopped at the Culloden Battlefield where the Jacobite rebellion was quashed.


(That's us in front of the cairn commemorating the dead Jacobites. NOT a flattering picture, but what can you do.)


(That's the battlefield itself--well, part of it.)

For lunch, we stopped at a pub called the Tipsy Laird in the town of Kingussie.

Our last stop of the tour was in Dunkeld,


(Molly and Blake in front of the Cross, a memorial to the Dukes of Atholl.)

where we visited the Dunkeld Cathedral


(outside of the cathedral)


(organ pipes)

and saw the sarcophagus of a horrible psychopath called the Wolf of Badenoch.

Of course, we didnít touch his coffin, as that would have been VERY bad luck.


(the ruined section of the church)


(grounds outside the cathedral)


(more of the grounds)

Then it was back to Edinburgh and the Haggis office! When we got back to Edinburgh, unfortunately it was time to do laundry again. At least we already knew where the launderette was! We stopped there on the way to our B&B, and Molly and I found some doorstop sandwiches in a nearby shop. Blake tracked down a Greek pizza shop, so he was happy.

Our suitcases full of clean clothes again, we walked the rest of the way to our next bed and breakfast, the Dunedin Guest House. It was quite close to the Turret Guest House, so we were on familiar ground. We checked in and relaxed in our room for the rest of the night, knowing we had a big day of walking ahead of us.

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Posted by lisa at July 24, 2005 09:50 AM
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