Packing for a European holiday can be indeed quite a challenging task - one is always uncertain how the weather will behave! Even though I am a seasoned traveler and have experienced frost and fog on hot summer days in Europe, I failed to pack a jacket with me when I was traveling to Scotland this summer. I was in Inverness, Scotland and had planned a day-trip to the Urquhart Castle, a ruinated 13th century castle that sits beside the Loch Ness, the largest (by volume) lake in the British Isles.
As it turned out, it was a cold day and I had to make a last minute dash to the nearby Marks & Spencer where I bought a water-repellent pink Stormwear jacket on sale for GBP 30. I matched it with a dress which was also on sale for GBP 11 and layered it with a Ralph Lauren polo sweater. Ugg boots kept my feet warm and comfortable.
The castle, situated on a headland overlooking Loch Ness, is one of the largest in Scotland in area. It was raided through the centuries and was completely abandoned in the 17th century. In the 20th century, it was placed in state care and opened to the public and is now one of the most-visited castles in Scotland.
The castle ruins were intriguing and I enjoyed beautiful views of the Loch Ness from different locations of the castle.
I was very grateful for the jacket and the boots that kept me warm on this cold summer day!