Our rooms included full Scottish breakfast that continued the theme of offering food based on a dare. Black (Blood) pudding? Beans with eggs? Greg, of course, enjoyed them all. (He and Andrew Zimmern were separated at birth.)
Urquhart Castle has a long and bloody history surviving wars of clan vs. clan and Scots vs. English only to be blown up in 1692 by its own inhabitants to prevent the Jacobites from using it. I won't go into detail of the Jacobite uprising (Thank me later), but basically, it was another complicated fight over the heir to the British throne. It was interesting to be there on the day the United Kingdom celebrated its current monarch's 60th anniversary.
We roamed the ruins, climbed the tower and Wyatt even captured a soldier. It was a beautiful day to pretend we were back in time.
Back in the 21st century, we were ready for high technology equipment to officially put an end to the speculation... the kids knew we'd find her! We spent the afternoon on a cruise around the castle skimming the black water and scanning the screens for any signs of a creature. We shared an experience like thousands of others: we saw nothing. But I must admit, with water that black and immense, it could be possible...
As we were leaving, Greg thought he saw something and quickly grabbed the camera to snap a shot. We could have been famous, but here's what he got:
Still, it was a perfect family day. We were so blessed to be there to see Greg check one off his bucket list.