Inverlochy Castle, Fort William Scotland.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Well worth a visit.
Broch in Scotland
Monday, June 29, 2009
It is likely that brochs had several internal floor levels built with wood and were roofed over.
These were high status buildings with many examples found near the coast, possibly because at that time rivers and the sea were the chief means of communication (boat).
The example in the video is located on the Isle of Skye. Some of the most elaborate examples of brochs can be found on the Orkney and Shetland islands.
Visit Stirling Castle, Scotland
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The castle is located on a conveniently situated volcanic plug which affords a superb defensive position for guarding access to the Central Highlands of Scotland.
First records of a castle on the site date from the 12th century. During subsequent centuries the castle suffered sixteen major sieges and oscillated between Scottish and English control.
Two major battles occurred in the vicinity of Stirling Castle:
- The Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 when William Wallace ( aka 'Braveheart') defeated a superior English force.
- Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 when a force under Robert the Bruce defeated a superior English force under Edward II.
View of castle entrance from bowling green.
Royal Palace which is currently undergoing an extensive, long-term refurbishment programme.
Close up of statute of King James on the Royal Palace.
Chapel Royal built for the baptism of Prince Henry Stewart in 1594. This building contains a collection of stunning tapestries.
The Great Hall built 1500. External covering in a gold coloured protective coat to give an impression of great wealth.
Close up of statues on the Royal Palace of King James V. (1540)
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Scotland Private Tour, St. Andrews.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
- the famous Old Course (golf):
- Castle; and
- ruined Cathedral and associated buildings.
There is a museum which houses a collection of medieval sculptures and other relics found on the site.
The tall tower is called St. Rule's. This was part of an earlier cathedral building, which is accessible and affords superb views from the top of the tower.
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Friday, June 26, 2009
The road winds through magnificent hill and mountain scenery including a view of Buchaille Etive Mor and the 'Three Sisters'. The long wall of Aonach Eagach is a superb ridge-walk, albeit not without risk. Much of the land is under management of the National Trust for Scotland which operates a good visitor centre jut a mile or so outside of the village.
Glencoe's other claim to fame (or notoriety) is the massacre in 1692 of 38 members of the Macian MacDonalds by a detachment of soldiers who happened to be from Clan Campbell as part of a Government initiative to bring the Highland clan chiefs to heel. The image below is of the memorial to the casualties of the massacre.
The following three images show the local Glen Coe scenery and are taken from differing view points.
Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Old Course of St Andrews,Fife, Scotland.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Greenbank Garden, Glasgow, Scotland.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland.
Monday, June 22, 2009
In 1901, Mackintosh entered a competition set by a German design magazine which sought entries to design "a grand house in thoroughly modern style", and challenged architects to develop ideas which were fresh and innovative.
Mackintosh and his wife Margaret McDonald worked on the submission which, unfortunately, was disqualified due to technical non compliance with the rules. However, the designs were awarded a special prize "for their pronounced personal quality, their novel and austere form and uniforms configuration of interior and exterior."
Construction of the House did not commence until 1989 and was completed in 1996.
Culzean's Caves, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
You can see in the caves, the remains of bones probably animals and also drawings on the walls of the cave. Culzean's Caves have a lot of history and are occasionnally open to the public. It was really great. Well worth a visit.
Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Dunkeld on River Tay, Scotland.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Birnam Oak in Perthshire, Scotland.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
We walked along the River Tay, which is the longest river in Scotland, and is really beautiful. We encountered a Birnam Oak which immortalised in Shakespeare's Macbeth.It is an ancient tree which has large branches. The tree is very ancient and it's diameter extends to several meters.
The tree stands on the river bank behind the Birnam House Hotel and is worth a visit.
Isle of Skye, Sotland.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Isle of Skye it is one of the most tourist destinations and it offers a lot of things to see and to do. The Quiraing is a spectacular landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, The northern summit of the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye.
Dunvegan Castle is home of the chiefs MacLeod for 800 years. It is possible to trace the history of the family and the clan from the days of their Norse ancestry through generations to the present day.
The Kilt Rock is the top rock composed of columnar basalt, giving the impression of the pleats in the kilt. There is a beautiful waterfall nearby.
Overall, a great palce to visit.
Hunting with hawks, Scotland.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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Balmoral Castle,Scottish Highlands
Monday, June 15, 2009
Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue, North Ayrshire, Scotland.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Hiking in Largs, Scotland.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The hike was good in a peaceful vegetation. We crossed the Gogo water and we climbed and went down mountains. The view was wonderful, we can see at the top of the hill, the Great Cumbrae Island and not far the little Cumbrae Island.
After the hike, we visited Largs and we saw the Largs Pencil. It is a monument to the battle of Largs in 1263 at which a Scots army defeated the Vikings. It was a intensive hike but with beautiful landscape and a good weather.
Changing of the Guard at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Friday, June 12, 2009
The gun below is the 550 year old 'Mons Meg', a giant Belgian manufactured siege gun based at the Castle and which proves very popular with tourists.
Portree War Memorial, Skye, Scotland
Thursday, June 11, 2009
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Dunvegan Castle, Skye, Scotland.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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Private Tour West of Scotland
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
- Luss, Loch Lomond
- Green Welly Stop at Tyndrum
- Stalker Castle
- Oban (McCaig's Folly)
- Inverawe Fisheries
- Inveraray (and Castle)
- Loch Fyne Oyster Bar (evening meal)
Romantic Kilchurn Castle-abandoned and damaged by lightening 1769.
Castle Stalker-abandoned and ruined 1840 but restored in 1960s.Aspect of Glencoe
Poppies in garden at Luss, Loch Lomond.
Overall, a good tour lasting about 11 hours.
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Common Seals at Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Monday, June 08, 2009
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Jacobite Steam Train at Glenfinnan, Scotland
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Camera shake is due to a combination of high winds and precarious standing position. Next time I will take a tripod. On the plus side, the sun was shining!
Hiking near Loch Lomond, Scotland.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Private Scotland Tour-Glencoe and Wallace Mounument
Friday, June 05, 2009
Starting in sunshine at Fort William on Loch Linnhe, we drove down to the historic and scenic village of Glencoe which is famous for its scenery and site of the infamous 1692 massacre of local MacDonalds by a British Army contingent comprised of Campbells.
After a short stop at the Glencoe Visitor Centre we moved on up through Glen Coe across Rannoch Moor and down to Loch Lomond where we availed of a lunch stop at the heritage village of Luss.Unfortunately the church was closed but we visited the churchyard which features a Viking era 'hogback' grave marker which possibly dates back to about AD900.
Next we moved on to Stirling, driving round the foot of the famous castle and then to the William Wallace ( aka 'Braveheart') Monument. After a climb to the top and a photo opportunity, we moved on to Edinburgh and the Hilton Hotel for the final night -and fond farewells.
Apart from the all the sites and experiences this tour will be remembered for encountering virtually no rainfall during the entire 10 days-almost unheard of in Scotland!
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Skye to Fort William Tour Scotland
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Upopn arrival at Mallaig we undertook a couple of short tours to Loch Morar ( Scotland's deepest loch) and the coastal village of Arisaig.
Next we connected with the Jacobite (Harry Potter) steam train for the journey to Fort William.
From Fort William we explored Glen Nevis and the nearby mountain biking centre.
Lots of goods pics with Ben Nevis in the background.
A good day. Next we are off to Edinburgh via Glencoe and Loch Lomond.
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Private Tour Skye Scotland
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
the island in brilliant sunshine. From Broadford we drove up to Portree for a coffee
and shopping stop.
Next we drove across the northern tip of Skye stopping for pics at Quaraing which affords stunning views across the Skye landscape.
Then down to Dunvegan, home of the chief of Clan McCloud.This is a fascinating castle with superb garden.
We availed of a short boat trip to view common seals sunning themselves
on the rocks which proved one of the day's
Finally we drove back via the west coast visiting an ancient iron-age Broch en-route.
The day finished with dinner at the Claymore Restaurant at Broadford.
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West Scottish Highlands Tour
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
We headed down from Inverness stopping at Castle Urquhart to view Loch Ness in all its glory.
Sadly, we missed the Monster.
We drove on tracking Loch Ness to Kyle of Lochalsh stopping to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, home of Clan Macrae.
Then across the Skye Bridge to Broadford where we visited a small art gallery.
With still brilliant sunshine we drove up the single track road to Elgol stopping for numerous photo opps en-route.
After Elgol we returned stopping at a local craftsman and swordmaker who had a high quality
range of products on display.
Finally, on to our hotel at Eilean Iarmain which benefits from a stunning
Waterfront location-pure magic in the brilliant evening sunshine!
Private Tour Inverness Scotland
Monday, June 01, 2009
- Culloden Battlefield where occurred the last battle on British soil in April 1746. Here the Highland forces supporting the Jacobite cause under Bonnie Prince Charlie were heavily defeated to the extent the Jacobite cause never recovered. Excellent visitor information centre with re-enactment soldier.
- Clava Cairns-prehistoric burial cairns and stone circles located in a small grove not far from Culloden.
- Fort George-stunning 18th century British Military Fort which is still used by the British Army. Superb location in Moray Firth.
- Kilt shop in Inverness.
We benefited from brilliant sunshine.
Loch Ness and Isle of Skye tomorrow!
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