As the sun rose on Tuesday morning, our crews awoke to the sound of birdsong and the prospect of sailing on one of the world's most famous bodies of water - Loch Ness. Whether one believes in the mythical creature that is supposed to inhabit these waters or not, it is rare to find a person unaware of the tale of the Loch Ness monster.
After negotiating a lock or two, our vessels passed through the entrance channel to the Loch which, despite being inland, provides many of the challenges that can be faced out at sea (a couple of years ago we experienced a force 9 gale on here!) and yet close enough to shore so as to not concern those who are new to sailing.
Loch Ness is huge, and deeper than the north sea, and so takes the best part of a day to cross especially when tacking your way across, and today was no exception. Shortly after midday our crews anchored near the beautiful Urquhart castle for lunch before setting off once again for Fort Augustus, enjoying yet more of the highland scenery, and even the sun finally made an appearance!
As our crews entered Fort Augustus, it was certainly time for a good meal and a rest. Tomorrow they will be setting out again for another day of breathtaking scenery, locks, bridges and wonderful people.
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