The Royal Botanic Garden is home to many interesting species. This is a rare Breast Cancer Awareness Tree.
The Garden also contains exhibitions of great British artwork.
The best part were the greenhouses, or “glasshouses” as they call them. They are supposed to cost £3 to visit, but the man taking the money found it too difficult to make change for a £10 note (despite having a box full of coins and bills in front of him), so I got in free. There was almost no one else there anyway.
People say that you can’t go to Scotland without seeing the Highlands. So a weekend trip was in order.
I don’t know if anyone cares about these GPS tracks, but I like them, so here we go. This is the way to Inverness via everyone’s favorite bus company, Megabus. It’s a beautiful ride, but the feeling of motion sickness was making me wish I’d opted for the train – and perhaps doesn’t bode well for 18-hour rides over dirt roads not maintained since the 1930s (i.e., the Pamir Highway). Welp. Some of the mountains still had snow.
Most of Inverness’s attractions seem to be churches.
The next day we spend in Drumnadrochit, situated partway down the long and narrow Loch Ness.
We went on a “cruise” of the loch:
You’re not getting away without another GPS track. This one shows the cruise – and the walk down to the bay (of Loch Ness) along a trail marked with the helpful sign “no formal access”. If you look closely on the map, you’ll see that it crosses a river.
We tried to go cross country from there to the castle, but that was impossible without some serious swamp traversal, so we headed back.