Staying at The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, the tour bus picked us up right on time and tour guide/driver Bill, at the wheel. After a few stops, we were on our way. Bill's commentary was
informative and entertaining, although I do prefer tours where there is a driver and a tour commentator. It's beautiful driving through the Scottish countryside and we were treated to
planned rest stops that made a long day very comfortable. We did pass by several historic sites which I think should have been more than just a drive-by, but there was a schedule.
Refreshments and cashmere purchases were made at our first stop, along with pictures of the
long-horned hairy cows. This is where it becomes apparent that there needs to be extra personnel onboard the bus, since touring time was taken up with our guide/driver having to collect the monies for those of us that would take the boat ride on Loch Ness after our lunch stop! Then it was on to our lunch stop at the locks on the southern end of
Loch Ness. A delightful stop to see the locks and the pub was wonderful with a delicious lunch, then time to board the boat for an hour ride on the Loch to look for Nessie. Not sure why we all do this and this was my third time on this boat - first two from the North end in Inverness - face the fact that nothing is going to appear but the crew does a nice job of explaining the Loch, their sonar equipment, plus refreshments are available.
Then on for a drive-thru Inverness and into the Scottish Highlands for the long drive back to
Edinburgh. A stop later in the afternoon in Pitlochry was delightful, a beautiful village! Back on the road and across the bridges of Firth of Forth - what a feat and the view of Edinburgh.
In the summer time, the sun stays up for a long time, so when we arrived back at our hotel at 8:30pm, still light, and time for a nightcap at the nearest pub.
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