Then I took a nap. After meeting up with Anna and Ben for dinner. (Fish and chips! I mean why not, I'm in the UK afterall) We then went to a pub close to our hostels. It was of the... older crowd. One pint in and we all, exhausted called it a night.
Glen Coe was our next stop. This was the site of the Campbell Clan's massacre of MacDonald Clan turning their back on the ancient ritual of hospitality. This was also the area where Harry Potter and Skyfall were filmed. AKA it is absolutely breath-taking. I have only been that cold one other time in my life. (NY Giants v. Panthers game in the Meadowlands where I was wearing unlined rubber boots in December with like a foot of snow) The mountains were gorgeous, the intensity of the color in this grey and rainy place was astounding. We stopped at the site of the "Three Sisters" Faith Hope and Peace, obviously all in Gaelic. These mountain tops almost disappeared into the mist.
On to the main attraction we headed even further north to the infamous Loch Ness. It was as if the clouds decided to take a break, and allow the sun to shine as we arrived at the Loch. Well take a look, it is easier to show you than to tell you. Maybe we saw Nessie, maybe we didn't.
After a fun boat tour on the Loch, we headed to Inverness to make our turn back south. Story after story about different massacres played throughout the day but the tape told the two stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots on our way back. These were my favorite. It was at the end of the day, but it was so cool to hear about the history of the monarchy from the Scottish point of view. We made a pitstop in Pitlochry, a tiny fishing village, before we made an impromptu stop at the Forth Bridge built during Queen Victoria's reign. It is a gorgeous piece of architecture. Arriving back in Edinburgh twelve hours later, we were exhausted. Promptly thanking Kenny, our bus driver in the kilt, we parted for a bit to get refreshed to go out to dinner and out on the town. Overall, exhausting day but one of the most memorable of this awesome spring break.