Published: June 30th 2012June 30th 2012
We had a lovely Scottish day today!
Took the bus up to Inverness – a 4 hour drive through the countryside and highlands!! It was absolutely gorgeous! We saw tons of sheep and lochs and hills and sheep. So many sheep. The sky was really lovely too – the clouds were low and just the contrast was nice. We also napped half the way which was nice haha.
Passing through some of the small towns, I definitely want to come back to Scotland some time to do some more trekking... I just won’t fly back in through Glasgow lol.
Anyway, we arrived in Inverness and found our hostel without too much trouble. The city really isn’t that large, so just walking across the Old Town only took us about 15min. The hostel is really cute – it’s very homey and rough around the edges but in the best way possible :). There are also signs and pictures and jokes all over the place which just makes it that much more fun. Check-in was funny – I kept accidentally saying “Canadia” and then the receptionist said by accident too. Great, new country name!
We got to talking with
some Quebecer girls – they were actually on the bus with us too, I was like I thought you sounded French Canadian... but I wasn’t sure haha. They’re wrapping up their trip soon, so we talked a bit about that. It was nice to practice some French before getting to Morocco ;)
Our afternoon was pretty laid-back – we just spent it roaming around the Old Town. We walked around Inverness Castle (they had huge seagulls here) and looked out over Loch Ness (which we’ll be hiking around tomorrow). Next up was this museum just outside the castle – it was kind of Inverness mixed with Scottish culture and history, plus some natural stuff and art stuff. It was free, so it was interesting to look around. I liked the cave paintings/scratchings they had – those were cool.
There was also some interactive stuff. We tried on some arm-lock thing that they used to wear back in the day – it fit my upper arm but not so much on Em haha. They also had a bunch of taxidermied wild animals you could pet (“please stroke me carefully”) so we petted a fox, badger (that was in a
naked model pose?), and these two wildcat things. We also tried our hand at “glitching” on an xbox which basically was making fun of the different glitches you get in computer/video games – we were supposed to dance along with the characters but our bonhomme would just flail and qwop all over the screen – we were killing ourselves laughing.
On the way out we saw this section on doctors – this one guy looks exactly like Jack Layton. Aw. After that that we did some shopping in the Old Town (Primark, you are amazing) and looked at the different churches. We also came across a whole herd of bunnies just chilling in the church lawn – they were so tiny and cute.
After that, we came back to the hostel to drop our things off, and then headed out for supper – no more fooling around, time to get me some haggis!! We headed off to the Castle Tavern for some good ol’ Scottish grub. The place was really bustling – the downstairs is basically just the pub and was jam packed with what looked to be locals enjoying their pints. We headed upstairs to eat –
only place there was room.
I had no idea what I wanted to drink so they brought me a “taster platter” which was great – 3 locale ales to choose from. They were all nice but I chose to go with Happy Chappy, if only for the name hahaha. It tasted great though – it was oddly sweet for ale.
And then moment of truth – drumroll – I got some haggis, neeps and tatties!! (turnips and mashed potatoes). Omg it was so good. Like. I’m not even kidding – haggis is amazing haha. The entire meal was actually great – nice sized portions (quite large) and good price too! Great night all around.
There are more photos below