scotland day 6: loch ness

cruise on Loch Ness

I never thought I’d find myself searching for the Loch Ness monster, but when in Scotland…We said farewell to our coach driver and boarded a ferry, christened the Jacobite Queen, to cruise Loch Ness (“loch” means river).

cruise on Loch Ness

meet the team

I always have the best ideas once I get home. If I could go back, knowing what I know now, I’d get headshots of and pull quotes from every single tour mate, because they were amazing people. I want you to know them like I got to know them and see them for the stories they hold. Alas, there are no do-overs, so group introductions will have to suffice.

cruise on Loch Ness

Four of tour group, Dave, Jack, Philip, and PK.

Dave had the perfect teeth. He also greeted me–Hey, Sam–every time he saw me. I appreciated that. Jack, married to Jill (no joke), got to visit his family’s castle? mansion? mini-castle? Phil, you’ve met earlier. He told “dad jokes” which we both loved and tolerated. Last but not least, PK has his own Wikipedia page.

cruise on Loch Ness

More of our tour group: Donna, Tasha, Kay, Jill, Ken, and Jacquie (in the pink).

Donna ran her own business. Tasha (Phil’s wife) had the driest sense of humor. Kay was the perfect southern lady (with the perfect southern drawl). Jill had the best laugh. I really enjoyed hanging out with her. Ken and Jacquie, his wife, were high school sweethearts and came from small-town Texas. Their school was so small that everyone had to play every sport, be in the band, and do drama or the groups wouldn’t exist. Haha!

cruise on Loch Ness

Our fearless leader, Shirley, Lucy, our tour guide, Sue, and Mary Ann.

Shirley and Sue, you met in the first post, too. Lucy was a feisty red-head with quick wit and dripping sarcasm. The best. Mary Ann came on the trip with her best friend. They used to be flight attendants and had great stories about their travels.

There were more people on the tour, but I didn’t get pictures of them, unfortunately. Our whole group is pictured at the end of this post.

jesus, take the wheel

I was taking a picture of Carol and Jacquie when the captain popped his head out and asked me if I wanted to steer! Heck yes!

cruise on Loch Ness

I mean, what else would I do?

Samantha Fagan captains ferry on Loch Ness

Our 45-minute cruise on Loch Ness from Inverness landed us at Urquhart Castle. Look at all the sheep!

no man is an island

We headed back to Inverness, and I wandered around The Island by myself, marveling at the beauty of the place. The Island was full of walking paths. Tons of people were walking their dogs, off-leash! And they were perfectly well behaved.


These trees hold stories.


Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.


picture day

Back at our hotel, we found the most Titanic-looking space and assembled on the stairs. Here are my new seasoned friends, some more seasoned than others. πŸ˜‰ Each holding their own beautiful story like the trees above, worth knowing, worth sharing.

Our tour group in Inverness




5 thoughts on “scotland day 6: loch ness

  1. Perfect!

  2. Elizabeth Williams

    Sam, I am enjoying these remembrances so,very much! Please, please come on the next trip!

  3. This is such a beautiful picture of you all. πŸ™‚
    Ohhhh the video of the countryside makes me cry…lol. So gorgeous…

  4. Colleen MacLean Scott

    Hi Sam,
    Loved reading about your trip to Scotland, it looked wonderful. You were fortunate with weather when you were on the isle of Mull, I was there when it was pouring rain back in 1993. Was your trip a guided tour? If so, which company did you use? I am thinking about going back to Scotland in the next couple of years and would love that trip you took. Thank you for sharing it, it was enjoyable.

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