Cruise in Scotland
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1y ago
As a cruise destination, Scotland is undoubtedly up there with the best. Breathtaking scenery, stunning cities, haunting history, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a variety of ports large and small make Scotland the perfect cruise destination. Scotland’s cruise ports are ideally located for inclusion in Britain and Ireland itineraries, transatlantic re-positioning, or for combining with cruises to Iceland, Faroe Islands or the Norwegian Fjords and Europe. The post Cruise in Scotland first appeared on Scottish Tourist ..read more
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Henry Dundas, lofty hero or lowlife crook
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
Two old friends, without an axe to grind and having little knowledge of Henry Dundas, noticed that Robert Melville’s statue in Melville Street had been daubed “son of a slaver”. A little research proved this to be untrue. The vandals of Black Lives Matter are not known for their knowledge of history and also daubed the statues of Gladstone and Robert the Bruce. Thankfully Greyfriars Bobby escaped their notice. Chris Holme’s article of 26th October is equally lazy and taken from abridged hearsay against impartial. The charge against Dundas is that he delayed the abolition of the slave trade by ..read more
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Urquhart Castle
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
Urquhart Castle benefits from a fantastic position on the edge of Loch Ness, and its one of the most frequent spots for Nessie sightings! The castle has had a turbulent history, having changed hands many times and suffered a few wars, so it is now in a state of ruins. But on a nice day, the setting is fabulous as Loch Ness and the hills offer a beautiful backdrop. Historic Scotland opened the visitor centre in 2002 to benefit from the huge trade in visitors. Hence the rather inflated entrance fee for a few crumbling walls. You have to go through the visitor centre to get to the ruins, so you h ..read more
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Lennox Castle
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
Lennox Castle has been on the Buildings at Risk register for Scotland since 1992. It was designed in a picturesque neo‑Norman style with castellated and battered walls, and an imposing porte‑cochere.In 1927 Lennox Castle and its vast estate were purchased, and plans prepared for what was to be the largest and best equipped hospital of this type in Britain. It was to provide 1,200 beds at a cost of 1.25 million. Work began in 1929 to designs by Wylie, Shanks & Wylie. The hospital was finally completed in 1936. In the 1980s there were some fine interiors on the principal floor but the buildi ..read more
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BRAEMAR GATHERING
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
Known colloquially as The Games and originating from those believed to have been held by Malcolm III, an annual Highland Games Gathering is held at Braemar on the first Saturday in September and is traditionally attended by the British Royal Family. Since Queen Victoria’s time, the reigning monarch has been the patron of the Braemar Royal Highland Society ..read more
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LOCH MAREE FROM GLEN DOCHERTY, NC500, HIGHLANDS
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
The winding road to Kinlochewe offers one of the most iconic views on the North Coast 500. Looking down Glen Docherty, you’ll catch your first sight of stunning Loch Maree, a magnificent fresh water loch dotted with more than 60 islands which contain some of the last fragments of the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest. At the lochside look out for beautiful black-throated divers slipping under the water. How to get there: Follow the A832 from Achnasheen to Kinlochewe. The viewpoint is about 1.5 miles from Kinlochewe on the right hand side of the road as you travel from Achnasheen ..read more
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Rannoch Moor.
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
Rannoch Moor is an expanse of boggy moorland to the west of Loch Rannoch, where it extends from and into westerly Perth and Kinross. Rannoch Moor is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation. It is notable for its wildlife, and is particularly famous as being the sole British location for the Rannoch-rush, named after the moor. It was frequently visited by Horace Donisthorpe who collected many unusual species of ants on the moor and surrounding hilly ground. Today it is still one of the few remaining habitats for Formica exsecta, the “narrow-hea ..read more
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Sheriffmuir
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
The Battle of Sheriffmuir was an engagement in 1715 at the height of the Jacobite rising in England and Scotland. The battlefield has been included in the Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Scotland and protected by Historic Scotland under the Scottish Historical Environment Policy of 2009. Sheriffmuir was and is a remote elevated plateau of heathland lying between Stirling and Auchterarder on the north fringe of the Ochil Hills. John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar, standard-bearer for the Jacobite cause in Scotland, mustered Highland chiefs, and on 6 September declared James Francis Edward Stuar ..read more
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Wild Scotland
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
Filmmaker John Duncan flew a drone to capture Scotland’s incredible wilderness in this aerial video. Taking you across the country to sites like the Highlands and Islands on the west coast and John O’Groats and North Berwick on the east, experience some of the region’s most beautiful scenery. Embedded Credit : John Duncan Film and BBC ..read more
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Barra
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by Scottish Tourist
2y ago
Barra is an island in the Outer Hebrides and the second southernmost inhabited island there, after the adjacent island of Vatersay to which it is connected by a short causeway. In 2011, the population was 1,174. The area of Barra is roughly 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi). The main village is Castlebay (Bàgh a’ Chaisteil). The west of the island has white sandy beaches backed by shell-sand, machair and the east has numerous rocky inlets. Kisimul Castle at Castlebay is on a rock in the bay, giving the village its name. A smaller medieval tower house, Dun Mhic Leoid, can be found in the middle o ..read more
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