I am using "the Highlands" to describe our trip north on the train from Edinburgh to Inverness. I rented a car in Inverness and we went east on the malt whiskey trail and then south to Loch Ness and Glencoe. 


Loch Ness from shores in Dores

Loch Ness 

I've always wanted to go here! We had a tremendous dinner at the Dores Inn and had a drive around the Loch looking for Nessie. Does that photo above show something popping out of the water??


Glen Grant gardens
gardens of Scotland Glen Grant whiskey distillery

Malt Whiskey Trail

We headed east and visited the distilleries of Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, and Glen Grant. The images above were from the Glen Grant - which was 1) the only distillery that let us take photos 2) Also has the absolute gorgeous garden 3) is the lightest scotch (best selling in Italy) and my favorite one that I sampled. 


Glen Coe

Glen Coe

Drop dead gorgeous views, mountains, moors, streams, waterfalls... every curve of the road more beautiful, hard to concentrate on my staying on the left. 


Fort William 

As we passed through the area - we stopped in Fort William for lunch on Loch Linnhe and also to go up in the gondola to see Ben Nevis, Britain's largest mountain. It was June and it was snow covered as you can see here.