Bus ride from Inverness to the Urquhart Castle in Loch Ness: Exploring Scottish Highlands

Cafe at the Inverness bus station, Inverness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Cafe at the Inverness bus station, Inverness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Even though I had only one and a half day in Inverness, I could not leave without a visit to the Urquhart Castle in Loch Ness. There is a regular shuttle service that runs between Inverness and Loch Ness, and it is a good idea to get your bus tickets in advance. In case you can't get your ticket in advance, you will have to wait in line to get on the bus, and if the bus gets full, you will need to wait for the next bus - this is exactly what happened to me. However, I did not mind it so much because it gave me enough time for a quick visit to the nearby Victoria Market, which was recommended to me by the Mercure hotel staff where I was staying. Also, I was able to take time and relax on a nice cup of coffee before getting on the bus. The return bus ride cost me 5.40 GBP - of course there are more comfortable shuttle buses you can take, which may cost around 10 pounds for the return trip to Urquhart Castle.

Inverness bus station, Inverness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Inverness bus station, Inverness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Backpackers hostel, Inverness bus station, Inverness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Backpackers hostel, Inverness bus station, Inverness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Bus from Inverness bus station to Loch Ness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Bus from Inverness bus station to Loch Ness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Takeaway coffee in bus, Inverness to Lochness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Takeaway coffee in bus, Inverness to Lochness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

The bus-ride from Inverness to Loch Ness took about half an hour and I very much enjoyed the breathtaking views of the Scottish highlands - from hilly pastures to grazing cattle and people playing golf and the lake itself, each view was magnificent.

Scottish highlands, Scotland, drive from Inverness to Loch Ness. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Scottish highlands, Scotland, drive from Inverness to Loch Ness. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Cattle, Scottish highlands, Scotland, drive from Inverness to Loch Ness. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Cattle, Scottish highlands, Scotland, drive from Inverness to Loch Ness. Image©sourcingstyle.com

People playing golf, Scottish highlands, Scotland, drive from Inverness to Loch Ness. Image©sourcingstyle.com

People playing golf, Scottish highlands, Scotland, drive from Inverness to Loch Ness. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater lake in the Scottish highlands, famous for the Loch Ness monster - an aquatic being large in size, with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. Even though I did not see the Loch Ness monster, I was very impressed with the beauty of the ruined Urquhart Castle, believed to have been in existence since the 1200s. Post on Urquhart Castle coming soon!

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland. Image©sourcingstyle.com