Loch Ness has a mystique which transcends its beautiful setting. Because of the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, crowds flock to its shores to perhaps catch a glimpse of the prehistoric creature. Because of that fact, heavy and slow moving (partly because of the narrow roads) traffic should be expected, especially during the summer. One of the nicest places to observe the Loch is from the ruins of Urquhart Castle. The castle grounds jut out into the lake and the effect is stunning. Be advised that the path to the castle is somewhat steep.
The town of Inverness makes a good base of operations for an exploration of the region.
Glen Coe, in the Scottish Highlands, is a wild, wooly place, where rocky crags top lush, green meadows, populated with grazing sheep and Highland cattle. It is a great place for a hike into the hills. The overall impression is of an untamed expanse, yet the presence of domesticated animals reveals that man has, to a certain extent, tamed this wilderness. This is Scotland at its best! The scenery is dramatic, the climate damp and cool — a great scenic drive.
During the summer months, a bagpiper, in costume, is stationed at the Urquhart Castle ruins and the effect of his music is magnificent.