Once on the premises, you have a small lookout spot from which you can take in the scenic view of this Highland city ... among those views, you can see the St. Andrew's Church on the other side of the river.
We started from the Tomnahurich Bridge and slowly sailed through the scenic and famous Caledonian Canal and straight into Loch Ness. I do have to say that I did do my best to try to spot Nessie but he never did surface; nonetheless, one of my photos below shows a long ripple on the lake's surface that in my opinion must have been Nessie.
Now that my mission of spotting Nessie was accomplished, I moved on into admiring the vastness and tranquility of the 23 miles or so of water to be explored.
While on this tour, you may also opt to go and explore the ...
The Scottish Highland games were once used to demonstrate the skills and strengths of Highland clans competing head to head from games that ranged from the caber and hammer toss to a rhythmic display of bagpipes and the footwork of skilled Highland dancers.
As a first time visitor, I do have to admit that I was fully engaged in watching all the games from the moment the venue opened until sunset.
On the above photo you can see a competitor from the State of North Carolina in the U.S.A participating on the caber toss event. This was my introduction to this type of "game" as I had never experienced such prowess at this level.
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It is worth noting that part of the rules to which all need to abide is that all competitors of heavy weight events must wear a kilt!
Scotland is well known for its dramatic scenery of mountains and valleys, its rolling hills and rugged coastline but above all, the warmth of its people and the rich history and pride you encounter within.
I first came to Scotland in the summer of 2013 to go on a tour of the Highlands starting in Glasgow and then onto to Fort Williams, Inverness and ending a two weeks journey in Edinburgh.
Once known worldwide for being the center of the shipbuilding industry, this city has now diversified its industry to welcome tourism, commerce and innovation. As per WikiTravel.org "Glasgow has been awarded the European titles of City of Culture (1990), City of Architecture and Design (1999) and Capital of Sport (2003). In 2008, Glasgow became the second Scottish city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative when it was named as a UNESCO City of Music (joining Bologna and Seville). In preparing its bid, Glasgow counted an average of 130 music events a week ranging from pop and rock to Celtic music and opera."
As you accompany me on my way throughout Glasgow, please note that as for orientation purposes, my sightseeing starts at the City Centre:
Just behind the cathedral's gardens, you will come across a cemetery on the top of the nearby hill which will give you the sense of being in a small city of the dead.
On a personal note, the main reason to visiting this museum was to admire Salvador Dali's masterpiece Crucifixion of St. John of the Cross. It is said that it had been vandalized before to the extent that some signs of the torn canvas can be somewhat seen if you look at it closely.
However, for those interested in visiting the U.K.'s (and apparently Europe's) longest bar, you need to head to The Horseshoe Bar.