GAIL Conference - Discovering Scotland
They say that when one door closes, another one opens. However, there's always sadness when good things must come to an end. This statement alone could summarize our day. Today, we embarked on the second half of our journey, a grand tour around Scotland. However, in the morning, the tour was the last thing on my mind. The Crombie Hall's reception was flooded in tears as we slowly made our way towards the van. We've created such a close bond with the fellow GAIL students that they've transcended the tier of acquaintances and have became almost like family. We are all so emotionally attached. We were almost inseparable. It took us nearly 30 minutes for us to walk to the van and even when we had got there, we still didn't want to leave. A parting moment that I will never forget was when we were leaving in the van, the remaining GAIL students chased after it as we drove out of the campus. I feel sorry for our lovely van driver Paul who had to listen to us wailing.
After leaving Aberdeen, our first destination was Loch Ness. We had a lake cruise booked which was for an hour. The lake was so serene yet so eerie, partly due to the water, surprisingly a thick dark gray-like colour from the peat formations underneath. It was so darkly coloured that you could not see anything underneath it. The element of mystery was imminent because of this.
After this, we had lunch and then explored the Eilean Donan Castle. The view from the castle was breathtaking. It was situated on a small island that was connected to the mainland by a bridge. We really appreciated the architecture that was put into the castle and how they've preserved the historical elements of it. Once we had finished, it was full speed ahead to the small town of Portree. Portree is a nifty little place. Located near the sea, the town was brimming with colour. For a small place, it's quite busy and is packed with visitors. We went to this small fish and chip shop near the harbour and enjoyed freshly fried haddock. This is just one day of our intrepid journey.
By Sohail Din