As I had shared Day 1, 2 and 3 of our Scottish Highlands adventure on my previous posts. This time, I’ll be sharing to you about our trip to Inverness where we visited Ship Space also known as the Titanic Museum and Loch Ness.
Thursday morning we woke up without any urgent haste. We had our satisfying cooked breakfast and chilled out a bit. For that day, we only intended to visit the town of Dornoch, where our Caravan is situated. I believe we needed a little respite from the last 3 days of consecutive long trips. It was already past 11am when we finally hit the road.
Unfortunately, there was not much to do in Dornoch that day, we were just wandering around and didn’t find anything interesting.
On the spur of the moment, we thought, why not visit Inverness instead. We looked through our car’s own integrated navigation system where we simply clicked on specific category of what we’re searching for and information is provided for you. Well, one tourist spot that showed up was the Titanic Museum in Inverness and we’re drawn to it instantly. So off we went, it was only around an hour travel so it was not too bad at all.
Ship Space or popularly known as Titanic Museum is an interactive and evolving maritime museum with nautical artifacts, large model ships and submarines made from improvised recycled materials. Where its main attraction is the many images of Titanic and the 1:10 scale of Titanic model. Sounds interesting, isn’t it?
Admission is free which is a big bonus, but donations are welcome. Downside is there’s no parking space in front, nearest parking is available at Telford Street Retail Park, around 500 yards away across the Muirtown Swing Bridge. That was the distance we walked under the pouring rain that day which made us slightly soaked upon arriving at the Musuem.
I must admit, it doesn’t look very impressive from outside. Facade looked like a derelict and abandoned property. However, inside has full of information fastened on every walls, various artifacts for kids to pretend play and dress up with. Majority of the exhibits encourage interaction and even have “Please Touch Me” signs on them. I would say, it’s highly recommended for kids with inquisitive nature.
Outside has a diverse display of boats including the scaled Titanic, all of which you can climb aboard and explore.
Here are our pictures taken:
Overall, it was a limited size museum but sufficiently good. Please note that there were no Titanic artifacts in this Museum which was rather disappointing but then again, entrance is free so I can’t really complain. Anyhow, I am truly impressed by the owner’s love, passion and dedication to this project. He has done a fantastic job.
Afterwards, we then head off towards Loch Ness.
Loch Ness is a large, deep freshwater Loch extending approximately 23 miles southwest of Inverness. It is best known for the alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster affectionately called as “Nessie”.
I have already heard about Loch Ness way back my secondary years in the Philippines. I have to say, it was one very interesting topic of our English Literature which brought up my curiosity for this place. It’s a shame it took me 8 years in Scotland until I’ve finally visited it.
Whilst we were on our journey towards Loch Ness, we told the kids the story about Nessie. As usual, their Dad made the story extremely bad to the extent that the kids got scared. Reimer instantly got worried going out of the car and tried hard to be as quiet as possible as he didn’t want to wake Nessie up. Poor little boy!
On the other hand, Ruby who didn’t fully comprehend about the story, thought Nessie was a friendly monster. While looking down at this viewing spot, she then decided to shout Nessie’s name which made Reimer panicked, lol
Ruby : “Nessie, Nessie… where are you?
Reimer : ” Stop it Ruby, you’re making me worried. You kept calling her, she will come out and eat you.”
It definitely was a funny moment, me and their Dad just giggled discreetly listening to their innocent conversations.
We also drove around the main Loch Ness centre. The place was mobbed with tourists despite of the miserable weather which then took us ages to find a parking space. There’s a lot to do in Loch Ness like visiting the Exhibition, going on Loch Cruises and so on. However, we didn’t go to any of them and quiet happy just pottering around.
Here’s some photos we took:
To sum it all up, that was absolutely a productive day after all. An unexpected trip to Inverness was never a wasted day. Hence, I can now tick off one of my longtime bucket list which was to visit Loch Ness.
That was our Day 4 completed.
If you miss Day 1, 2 & 3 of our Scottish Highlands adventure, you can read it here:
Have you been to Inverness? Have you visited Titanic Museum and Loch Ness yet? Do you consider paying these places a visit in the future?
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