A cute monster that is said to live in Loch Ness.
What’s Loch Ness?
A lake in Scottish Highlands with breathtaking view.
And I’m telling you these because…?
It was where we were heading to!
Loch Ness was about 3 hours drive up north using A96 freeway. The route was easy peasy – go straight all the way from Aberdeen to Inverness, the closest town to the lake. “Just take 12 o’clock at every roundabout,” said Kak Mazni. Aye, aye, ma’am. Borrowed her big UK map, jumped into our rented car and off we went. GPS? None. Everyone trusted the co-pilot’s (read: me) sense of direction.
|Our ride to meet Nessie.|
|The scenery along way was amazing. Hills. Windmills. Little towns. Flowers and trees.|
|Stopped for coffee and scones.|
|Some shopaholic Malaysians doing what they knew best.|
|Then we continued driving till we got a glimpse of the lake. Wait, was that Nessie in the middle?|
Finally we arrived at our destination – Loch Ness! We stopped at Urquhart Castle overlooking the lake. It was built in 13th century, yet most of its key structures were still intact. And I must tell you, the view of the lake from the castle’s balcony was simply breathtaking.
|All hail the amazing sight!|
|Now let’s get in. Remember those boots?|
|The castle’s majestic tower.|
|Once upon a time, a lord and a lady called this home.|
|A trebuchet nearby, protecting the inhabitants from harm.|
|Homeless at Loch Ness.|
|Couldn’t get enough of the blue waters.|
We spent hours admiring the place and taking tons of pics. Had some traditional Scottish ice cream (albeit the cold weather) which was really yummy. Wanted to take a cruise along the lake, but it was a little too late for that, they closed at 5 PM. No chance to meet Nessie in action. Stayed at the castle till sundown
|Stopped by this place coz I liked the building.|
|Can you pronounce it? I’m sure you’ll get it wrong :-p|
Another 3 hours drive back to Aberdeen. The sky went dark and there wasn’t much streetlight along the freeway. That was when we realised one small thing – none of us knew how to switch on the car’s headlights! We pressed, twisted and turned all buttons, sticks and dials that we could find, yet none of them brought the lights up. So we decided to stop by the road side.
Kak Minie: Should I call the car rental shop and ask?
Farah: Or call Kak Mazni?
Kak Faez: Shouldn’t there be a manual somewhere?
Me: Yeah there should be.. *opening the glove compartment* ..here it is!
I quickly flipped to the part on lights and stuff. Guess what, the headlights button was somewhere below the ignition key! And all we had to do was to press it! I made a quick run outside to see whether it worked. Presto, the lights were on. Now we could drive back to Aberdeen with full confidence. Phew!
With the headlights shining brightly in front, we had all the time in the world to make pit stop. So we dropped by Tesco at Inverness. Got myself a pair of boots that cost me – get this – GBP 4! Off went my worn out brown boots into Tesco’s big trash bin and I returned to Aberdeen wearing..
|..these sexy black babies! ^_^|