We woke to the best brekky of our trip so far before our big cruise. With full bellies we stepped out the door & wandered down to the dock to catch our boat. Unfortunately we were the only ones for the first cruise and were told to come back in an hour to try again. We didn't want to waste the day hanging around so we grabbed the car and headed back to Drumnadrochit for a coffee. We also managed to get on a boat pretty quickly and although it only held 10 people it was probably a better experience than a larger one.
As we headed out onto the Loch the captain started motioning behind us. We turned around just in time to see a duck landing on the back of the boat. A few people were startled and ducked but we didn't duck cause it was just a duck, and you'd look pretty silly ducking from a duck. We were given bread and fed and patted our feathered friend who remained on board for the whole trip. He even had some of his friends come and join us later in the trip. We were on the loch for an hour and made a pass by Urquhart Castle which was great to get another perspective.
With our cruise over we were back in the car and made our way down to Fort William. The drive was a lot different than we have experienced as we crossed to the west side of Scotland. We started to get thick forest, winding roads and craggy peaks. The way the highlands should be!
Fort William was a lot bigger than we thought so we wandered around for a while before making for home as the sky blackened and rain threatened. We stopped on the return to have a wander through the ruins of Inverlochy Castle (nice not to have to pay for once), and later for a coffee and mountain scones. Back at home we relaxed for a while before heading for a nice dinner on the shores of the loch. Tomorrow we are up early to make for Inverness and pickup Jac from the airport. Then on through Cairngorm National Park and hopefully some more beautiful scenery.