Day 4: Inverness – Our Scottish Highlands Adventure

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?

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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:

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The scaled Titanic outside
The scaled Titanic outside made from mostly discarded items

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”.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

Day 1 : Dunnottar Castle

Day 2 : Dunrobin Castle

Day 3 : John O’ Groats

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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39 thoughts on “Day 4: Inverness – Our Scottish Highlands Adventure

  • It sounds like a really great day! I went to Inverness years ago before I had kids and really enjoyed it. It’s beautiful up there. I didn’t know about the Titanic Museum. It sounds like a fun, quaint place to visit. #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes, we did had a good time despite of the weather… I didn’t know about Titanic Museum either until it showed up on sat nav. Thank you

  • It’s so funny this Titanic museum! I would have not imagined finding this kind of place in Scotland. #AnythingGoes

  • loving the model of the Titanic – great way to use up “junk” ey” and free entry too – fantastic! #KCACOLS

  • What a great day, the titanic museum sounds great but I have to agree that it must have been disappointing for there not to be any Titanic artefacts to actually see – but i believe that they are incredibly expensive when they come up at auction for obvious reasons. LochNess is soemwhere i’d love to visit too, it looks beautiful.
    Angela x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes, it would have been nice to see one but maybe I can find one in bigger Museums though. Loch Ness is a lovely place to visit as well. Thank you.

  • Sounds like you had a great day, the Titanic sounds great! I’m sure my kids would love it. Loch Ness will be one to remember, who needs the touristy cruises – just taking on the amazing scenery is enough! #bigpinklink

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, who needs cruises.. it just adds the costs. Kids are just happy pottering around anyway, lol. Thank you.

  • Ahhh I adore the highlands and have been reading this avidly. I agree there’s not loads to do in Dornoch other than Skibo castle (if you’re a madonna fan) but I do like Inverness and of course Loch Ness is quite magical. Must say, I had no idea that there was a Titanic around there. I love the fact that it’s just a passion project and not charging for it – geez I love the highlands!! Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!

    • ReimerandRuby

      That was our first time to hear about Titanic Museum too, it was rather small but sufficiently good. Loch Ness is at the same time mysterious, lol Thank you for reading more about our adventures.

  • Visiting Loch Ness is definitely on my bucket list as well. I grew up listening to all the stories and watching all the movies. I can just imagine your kids’ imagination running wild as Dad tells them about the Loch Ness Monster. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    • ReimerandRuby

      Hahaha! I suspect that especially Reimer, he was really so scared, lol. Thank you.

  • revisiting from #anythinggoes – beautiful round up and pics 🙂

  • Oh I would LOVE to go to Loch Ness it looks amazing and very eerie. Scotland is such a beautiful place. Looks like you had a fab time

  • Loving these posts the titanic place looks great and passed some time. Loch Ness well you just have to go there and have a look, love what kids say when in places like that. Look forward to hearing more #bloggerclubuk

  • What a busy day =)

    I was thinking of the Lochness Monster and want to ask if you spotted it when you called it. Where are you from Pinas? Im from Manila =)

    #whatevertheweather

    • ReimerandRuby

      No sign of Lochness Monster, I don’t want her to show up anyway, lol. I’m from Cebu by the way. Thanks for the comment.

  • I would love to visit there, even in Australia we hear about Nessie when we are growing up, it must be amazing to visit and looks so pretty. I love your kids so adorable, poor Reimer though I would have probably thought the same way at his age! #mg

    • ReimerandRuby

      It’s amazing how Nessie was so popular, lol I think his imagination has gone wild that time, lol Thanks for commenting.

  • What fun. I would just love to visit Loch Ness! Poor Reimer. I think my eldest daughter would probably be the same! #Whatevertheweather

    • ReimerandRuby

      It’s funny how kids easily believe in everything we tell them, isn’t it? lol It’s cruel but it’s funny, lol. Thanks for commenting.

  • We visited Loch Ness at the end of July (also always been on my bucket list) and we absolutely loved it! We even spotted the Loch Ness monster x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Lucky you for spotting Nessie… there was no sign of her when we were up there. We loved it there too. Thanks for commenting.

  • The titanic is fascinating. I’m still longing to go to museum in Belfast but have yet to go. Love this post #mg

    • ReimerandRuby

      Me too… after I’ve told Reimer about Titanic, he become so fascinated with it. I think the Titanic Museums in America has artifacts which is also a good one to visit. Thank you for commenting.

  • Sounds like a great day out. The scaled Titanic looks great. Shame there was no artifacts, but like you say for free its not bad. I’d love to visit Loch Ness. Poor Reimer was probably glad to get away though lol!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes, he was.. he was so happy when we get back to the car and head back to the Caravan, lol. Thank you for commenting.

  • Sounds like a good day! I love looking at all of your pictures.

  • I had never heard of the Titanic museum before, but it looks great and I’m sure my boys would love it. I love visiting Loch Ness and trying to spot Nessie, we haven’t taken our two there yet, but will maybe do that next time we’re in the area. It looks like you all had a great time there, a lovely relaxing day out after the longer trips! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  • I love a free museum! & never been to Loch Ness, but it was one of those big things in childhood – the Loch Ness Monster & the Beast of Bodmin Moor (have been to Bodmin, didn’t see any beasts!) #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      That’s one reason why I like to visit Loch ness as it was very popular in our school in Philippines. We didn’t see the Loch ness Monster either which is a shame, lol. Thanks for commenting.

  • You can’t knock free entry, can you? And how lovely to have a museum where kids can actually touch the exhibits rather than having to constantly tell them not to. Love your two at Loch Ness – how funny! I’d be a bit vary of waking the monster too! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again tomorrow!

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yeah, that was such a funny conversation they’ve got, the innocence is priceless, lol. Oh absolutely, I love a free entry too. Thanks for commenting.

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