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Great Britain: Loch Ness, Scotland

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

We spent two days at Loch Ness. It is truly a beautiful area. Loch Ness itself is about 24 miles long, a mile at it’s widest and almost 900 feet deep. Our first day here started with our own search for Nessie, the sea beast. Addyline loved looking for the sea beast. We started at the Loch Ness Visitor’s Center. Where Addy, Payton and Landyb were introduced to the sea beast.

Nessie

Nessie

We continued our journey by going to the Loch Ness Exhibition Center. Here we learned how the loch was formed, when the first recorded sighting of the sea beast happened (for those interested it was in 565 A.D. when Saint Colombia reports saving a person from a mysterious lake monster), when the Loch Ness Monster we know today was born (1933). Also we learned how the study of the Loch has taught scientist about the history of the world, climate changes, and much more. Who knew so much would be learned because of the existence of a legend.

Haggis

Haggis

For those of you with weak constitutions you may not want to know what we ate for supper during our first night in Loch Ness. We walked down to an Inn right on the lock and proceded to order, though of course the menu is in English it might have well have been German because we had no idea what we were ordering. For the children we finally settled on Haggis. It wasn’t too bad. Addyline and Landyn liked it, Payton refused to eat it, Mom and Dad had a few bites. Later we learned that Haggis is a common Scottish dish. I will now quote from our Scottish cook book, “The sheep’s pluck or stomach is cleaned and soaked in brine, then the heart, liver and lights (or lungs) are minced together with oatmeal, onion and seasoning. The pluck is stuffed and the whole thing is boiled for about three hours.” Well who knew…maybe Payton. I guess it is true sometimes it is better to not know what is in it!

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