Today was the day I went back on the beaten path and joined a tour going to Orkney and the North Coast. As much as I enjoy Edinburgh I was in a serious melancholy mood having left the Highlands. Today it was back into the Highlands and my spirits immediately lifted. We stopped to look at the famous Kelpies. A kelpie, or water kelpie, is a shape-shifting spirit inhabiting lochs in Scottish folklore. The kelpie appears to their human victims as a grey or white horse, entices them to ride on their back, then carries them down to a watery grave. The Kelpie structures at The Helix are 30 meters high (100 feet) and were designed by Andy Scott and are the largest equine sculptures in the world. After that it was on through Loch Lubnaig and into Glencoe where the famous massacre took place in 1692. It is an incredibly beautiful area and next trip would be a good place to take a hike. Stopped for lunch in Fort William. We finished the day in Inverness and in the morning will head on to Orkney.
Some days the ocean is just gorgeous and presenting the world with great waves for surfing!