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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tour Scotland Lincluden Abbey


Tour Scotland Lincluden Abbey. In 1164 a Benedictine nunnery was founded here by Uchtred, Lord of Galloway. At the end of the fourteenth century this was suppressed by Archibald the Grim, third Earl of Douglas, who established in its place a college of eight secular canons under a provost. The existing remains are those of the collegiate church and the provost's house. The church, of which the chancel and south aisle and transept survive, dates from the early fifteenth century, and is one of the most beautiful pieces of decorated architecture left to us in Scotland.
It is remarkable for the richness of its heraldic adornment, for the noble tomb of the Princess Margaret, daughter of Robert III, and for the pulpitum or carved stone screen separating the chancel from the nave. The provost's house dates from the sixteenth century. Adjoining the church is a Norman matte, later terraced as part of a pleasance. Located one mile north west of central Dumfries.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Tour Scotland Ruthwell Cross


Tour Scotland Ruthwell Cross. Preserved in an annexe to the parish church, this is one of the major monuments of Dark Age Europe. The cross, which has been slightly restored, dates probably from the end of the seventh century. The main faces have figure sculpture, mostly scriptural scenes, associated with Latin inscriptions, and on the sides are rich vine scrolls with birds and beasts. The quality of the sculpture is of the highest order. On the margins are inscribed, in runes, portions of the famous Old English poem The Dream of the Rood, which has been ascribed to Caedmon. Located in Ruthwell Church, half a mile north of the village and nine miles south-east of Dumfries, Dumfriesshire.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tour Scotland Sweetheart Abbey


Tour Scotland Sweetheart Abbey. One of the most beautiful monastic ruins in Scotland, and famous because of the touching circumstances of its foundation, by Dervorgilla, Lady of Galloway, in memory of her husband, John Balliol, the founder of Balliol College, Oxford. The foundation dates from 1273, and in 1289 the foundress was buried in front of the high altar, with the "sweet heart" of her lord resting on her bosom. The monks were Cistercians, brought from Dundrennan. A remarkable feature of the ruins is the well-preserved precinct wall, enclosing 30 acres, and built of enormous boulders—no doubt cleared off the ground by the monks when they prepared the site for their convent. Little remains but the church, whose central tower is a conspicuous landmark. Much of the work dates from the early fourteenth century. Located at New Abbey, six miles south of Dumfries on the coast road.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tour Scotland Ardclach Bell Tower


Tour Scotland Ardclach Bell Tower. The tower is fourteen feet square and contains two storeys. A straight stone stair leads from the vaulted ground floor to the upper floor. This has a fireplace, on either side of which is a square gun-loop with well splayed openings towards the interior, and a square aperture to the exterior. The side gable is also equipped with a small gun-loop. The apex of this gable is surmounted by a small belfry wherein was housed the bell which summoned the worshippers to the Parish Church of Ardclach nearby, and doubtless, also, as may be inferred from the prominent position of this little structure, gave warning to the neighbourhood in cases of alarm. The tower is dated 1655. Located eight and a half miles south-east of Nairn, west of the road to Grantown-on-Spey.

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Tour Scotland Loch Morar


Tour Scotland Loch Morar. It is said that the death of a MacDonald of Clanranald is foretold by the appearance of a monster in the waters of Loch Morar. If the Morar monster has knowledge of the mysteries of life and death, perhaps it knows also about the origins of the deep that it normally inhabits. This is a mystery indeed, because Loch Morar reaches the astonishing depth of more than one thousand feet.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Tour Scotland Glenfinnan


Tour Scotland Glenfinnan. W. Skeogh Cumming's painting depicts Stewart of Appin raising the Stewart's standard at Glenfinnan in 1745. The painting is one of a series on the '45 commissioned by Stewart of Fassnacloich, a descendant of the Stewarts of Appin.

On 19 August 1745 the supporters of Prince Charles Edward Stewart raised the Jacobite standard in Glenfinnan at the head of Loch Shiel, deep in the lands of Clan Ranald. It was an ideal spot to start a revolution that was designed to reinstate the exiled Stewarts to the thrones of Britain and Ireland. Three glens open out from Glenfinnan and it is surrounded by high hills reaching to over 2500ft, thus making the site both remote and accessible, important considerations for starting an insurrection.

Prince Charles had arrived in Scotland on the Arisaig coast a few weeks earlier, on 25 July, on board the French brig Du Teillay. With a few supporters he moved to Kinlochmoidart House while the clan chiefs of the Macdonalds of Keppoch and the Camerons of Lochiel began summoning their men to rebellion. His next stop was the house of MacDonald of Glenaladale, which stands on the western shore of Loch Shiel below Beinn Odhar Bheag. It was from here that Prince Charles was rowed up Loch Shiel to Glenfinnan to meet the clansmen who would support his cause. He arrived there at 11 o'clock in wet and windy weather to find the place deserted, but after two hours of suspense his followers began arriving. MacDonald of Morar, with 150 men, was the first to appear, then Cameron of Lochiel came on the scene with 700 men and the day was capped with the arrival of MacDonnell of Keppoch, who added 300 of his men to the gathering. Keppoch also brought with him a party of government soldiers, some 70 men of the Royal Scots whom he had captured in a skirmish at Spean Bridge north of Fort William.

With between 1000 and 1500 men committed to the Jacobite cause Prince Charles felt confident enough to raise the rebellion and the standard was unfurled - it was the Bratach Bhan, the white and scarlet banner of the Stewarts. William Murray, duke of Atholl, was the standard bearer and the banner was blessed by Bishop Hugh MacDonald, the Catholic Vicar Apostolic of the Highlands. James, the father of Charles, was proclaimed king and a great shout went up: "Long live King James VIII and Charles, prince of Wales; prosperity to Scotland and no Union!' With the promise of a great deal more support from the Stewarts of Appin the last great Jacobite rebellion was well and truly under way.

The site of these events is marked by a monument that is now under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. It was erected in 1815 by Alexander MacDonald of Qlenaladale, whose ancestor had supported the Jacobite cause and who was badly wounded at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. A grey stone cylindrical tower, the monument looks down Loch Shiel and from its top visitors can enjoy a grand
view of the winding loch and the hill slopes running down to meet it.

A later and incongruous addition to the monument was the construction of the statue of a bearded Highland chief who stands as a mute guard on this historic scene. Inscriptions in the wall surrounding the monument, written in Latin, Gaelic and English, commemorate both MacDonald of Glenaladale and the men who supported the Jacobite cause: 'Traveller, if you wish to celebrate the deeds of former days, pay homage here now!'

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tour Scotland Mysterious Iona


Tour Scotland Mysterious Iona. The guide to Mysterious Iona and Staffa, Scotland. This is a guide to everything supernatural, paranormal, folkloric, eccentric and, above all, mysterious that has occurred on the island of Iona and the nearby island of Staffa. Read more.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tour Scotland Kellie Castle


Tour Scotland Kellie Castle. A little inland from the beautiful coastline of the East Neuk of Fife, Kellie has a long documented history dating back to the twelfth century. In 1150 Malmure, Thane of Kellie witnessed a charter for David I. The lands and original castle were held by Robert of London, an illegitimate son of William the Lion in the first half of the following century. In 1266 these were transferred to the Siwards, a Northumbrian family of ancient lineage that had aided Malcolm Canmore in his campaigns against Macbeth in the 1050s. The Siwards of Kellie chose poorly in the Wars for Scottish Independence however, siding with Edward Plantagenet and losing their Scottish lands as a result. Kellie passed to an Oliphant kinsman of the Siwards who enjoyed the diplomatic immunity afforded by being married to a daughter of the Bruce. Walter Oliphant and Elizabeth Bruce took possession of Kellie in 1360 but preferring to live on their Perthshire estates, gave it to a minor branch of the family. The Oliphants of Kellie built the oldest parts of the castle that now survive including the square fourteenth century tower on the north of the site.

The 5th Lord Oliphant inherited the castle in 1593, adding the central block and the south tower. These Renaissance additions were carried out at a difficult time in the history of Scotland however. The departure of the Court for London in 1603 was a devastating blow to the Scottish economy for the Court was a great engine of patronage and consumption. Minor gentry suffered as the flow of royal posts and favours dried up and the economic recession affected farm rents and estate revenues. The Oliphants were bankrupted by spending heavily at the wrong time and had to sell the Kellie estate in 1613. It must have been little consolation to them that the castle's new owner, Sir Thomas Erskine, was host to the king himself when James VI & I made his only return visit to his homeland in 1617.

Later Erskine Earls of Kellie suffered for their loyalty to the Stewarts. Alexander was imprisoned in the Tower of London for supporting Charles II at Worcester in 1651 while the 5th Earl, also Alexander, supported Charles Edward Stewart together with a small contingent of Fife gentry in the 1745 Rebellion, receiving three years in Edinburgh Castle for his pains.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Tour Scotland Culzean Castle


Tour Scotland Culzean Castle. The early history of Carrick is predominantly the history of the ancient clan of Kennedy. It is said that theydescend from a chief from the Western Isles who lived during the reign of Malcolm II. In 1263 they were granted the castle and lands of Dunure for supporting Alexander III against the Viking invasion fleet at the battle of Largs.

In a much later generation one of their number, James of Dunure, married Princess Mary, daughter of Robert III and widow of the first earl of Angus, and their son was created lord Kennedy in 1457. This lord Kennedy carried great influence at Court. His youngest son, Walter, became a renowned poet and his grand-daughter, Janet, was the mistress of James IV. When she bore James a son in 1500 the king created the child earl of Moray, presenting him with Darnaway Castle near Forres. The Kennedys continued to be loyal to the Royal House of Stewart and in 1509 the third lord Kennedy was created first earl of Cassilis. He later died with a number of his clansmen at the battle of Flodden.

The Kennedys were a wilful and stormy dynasty who succeeded in establishing themselves as the most powerful family in southwest Scotland. At one time there were 24 major families of the name living in the district, and over the centuries there have been five Kennedy provosts of Ayr and a lord provost of Edinburgh.

In the 16th and 17th centuries Kennedy feuds dominated the lives of everybody in the Carrick district. Clan Kennedy fought against the Campbells of Louoon and the Craufords of Kerse; against the MacDowells of Garthland, and even Kennedy against Kennedy, particularly Cassilis against Bargany. Time and again dastardly deeds took place, frequently with the culprits escaping unpunished.

The ruins of Dunure Castle stand southwest of the Heads of Ayr and it was here in the black vault, in 1570, that the third earl of Cassilis is said to have tried to boil James Stewart, commendator of Crossraguel Abbey, in a vat of soap because he was unwilling to hand over abbey lands. Stewart was rescued by Kennedy of Bargany, but this was far from being his salvation, since Bargany also had designs on abbey property.

The Cassilis earls had another stronghold at Maybole Castle, where the chapel dates back to 1371, and they built Castle Kennedy at Wigtown in the 17th century. Archibald, twelfth earl of Cassilis, was created first marquis of Ailsa in 1831 and the present sixth marquis lives at Cassilis House, based on a 14th-century Kennedy mansion, four miles from Maybole.

But the most magnificent Kennedy legacy is Culzean Castle, on the clifftops overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Built by Robert Adam for the 10th earl of Cassilis on the site of an ancient castle, it has been the seat of the Kennedy chiefs since the 15th century. This spectacular house was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland by the fifth marquis of Ailsa.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tour Scotland Duart Castle


Tour Scotland Duart Castle. Duart Castle enjoys one of the finest defensive positions in Europe. Perched on the promontory of Dubh Ard or 'black point', Duart sits at the junction of three seaways; the Firth of Lorne, Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull. Control of Duart brought control of the sea trade between the Hebrides and Ulster. Duart was also the key link in a chain of castles along the Sound that allowed a message to be transmitted by beacon from Dunollie near Oban to far Mingary on Ardnamurchan.

Dubh Ard has probably been fortified since ancient times. A castle of curtain wall and courtyard was certainly there by the 13th century and it fell into the hands of Clan Maclean during the 14th. Lachlan Lubanach Maclean may have built the first stone keep after 1370. On the landward side, Duart's walls were over three metres thick. Perhaps this was needed to keep out Ewan Maclaine, the headless warrior whose ghost was said to ride along Glen Mhor to the south west of the castle.

Duart's fate however was always linked to the sea. In the 1520s, Lachlan Cattanach earned the enduring hatred of the Campbells when he chained his barren wife Margaret Campbell to a rock, hoping to drown her. Margaret was saved by a passing fisherman but her relatives took their revenge all the same, murdering Lachlan in his bed in 1527. The waters around the castle saved Duart in 1653 when a sudden storm sank two of Cromwell's besieging ships. Originally vassals of the Lords of the Isles, Chief Lachlan was kidnapped in 1608 after dinner with the King's Lord Lieutenant on board a royal ship in the Sound of Mull. The price of Lachlan's freedom was the destruction of his war galleys and an oath of fealty to James VI.

Thus began the Macleans' unwavering loyalty to the House of Stewart which was to cost them dear. After coming out for the royalist Montrose, Sir Lachlan Maclean could not hold Duart against the superior forces of General Leslie in 1647. In the 1650s the Macleans of Duart lost more men and money aiding the royalist cause, principally in the disastrous Battle of Inverkeithing in 1651. Their reward was heavy debt and to fall into the financial clutches of the Campbells. Duart was besieged in 1674 and again in 1688. While Sir John Maclean led his men at Killicrankie, Campbell fleets bombarded Duart. The castle was finally lost after the defeat at Cairnburg Mhor in 1691. After the 1645 Rising, it briefly served as a garrison for Hanoverian troops who torched it when they left in 1751. The present day castle is the result of the impressive restoration masterminded by Sir Fitzroy Maclean.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tour Scotland Castle Stalker


Tour Scotland Castle Stalker. Caisteal Stalcaire, the fortress of the Hunter, sits on the Rock of the Cormorants, an islet at the mouth of Loch Laich. The first castle on this site was built by the Macdougall Lords of Lorn but the present castle was raised by the Stewart Lords of Appin in 1388. Much of the surviving castle was built by Sir John Stewart before his murder at Dunstaffnage in 1463 by a renegade Macdougall. Five years later the castle witnessed the revenge of his clansmen when they crushed their Macdougall foes in the Battle of Stalc fought at the castle gates.

A cousin to the Stewarts of Appin, James IV enjoyed hawking in the western highlands. James stayed at Castle Stalker on several of his hunting expeditions, a fact commemorated by the improvements made to the castle's living quarters during his reign, as well as the royal arms above the front door. After James' death at Flodden in 1513, the influence of the Appin Stewarts waned and they found themselves
at loggerheads with the rising House of Campbell. That rivalry was symbolized by the Campbell assassination of Sir Alexander Stewart while fishing in Loch Laich in 1520 and the murderous revenge taken by his son Duncan of the Hammers a generation later by killing nine Campbells in 1544.

In 1620 the castle fell into the grasp of Clan Campbell. Local tradition says that the 7th Stewart laird drunkenly wagered the castle in exchange for an eight oared wherry. More likely, the impecunious Stewarts of Appin succumbed to the lure of Campbell cash and sold it. In the civil war of 1688-90, the Stewarts briefly seized Stalker back, acting in the name of King James VII. After the victory of the Protestant Cameronians at Dunkeld however. Stalker was besieged by Campbell forces and the Stewarts quit the castle honorably in 1690.

In 1745, three hundred Appin clansmen besieged Stalker but could make little headway against a Campbell garrison of sixty. The shot from the Jacobites' two pounder cannon merely bounced off Stalker's thick walls. This failure to take Castle Stalker was to prove costly for the Jacobite cause, as it promptly became an important stop on the supply route between Inverary and Fort William as the Hanoverian government prepared to crush the Rising. After Culloden, the Western Highlands were ruthlessly 'pacified' and Stalker served as a mustering point where clansmen were required to surrender their weaponry. Abandoned and ruined by 1840, Castle Stalker has since been restored.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tour Scotland Rothesay Castle


Tour Scotland Rothesay Castle. Magnus Barelegs, King of Norway, Hebrides and Man built the first wooden castle at Rothesay around 1098, for the island of Bute, though barely thirty miles from Glasgow, belonged to the Norsemen for much of the Middle Ages. Bute only became part of the Scottish kingdom around 1200 when William the Lion seized control of the Firth of Clyde. The construction of the magnificent castle that now stands upon Bareleg's mound was probably begun by Walter, Heriditary Steward of the King of Scots, soon after that date. Walter's stone shell keep is still surrounded by the wet moat fed by a burn from Loch Fad.

Rothesay was soon back in Viking hands. The saga of Haakon Haakonson tells how Uspak King of Man and the Isles beseiged the Scots in Rothesay for three days in 1230. The defenders poured down boiling pitch and lead but the Norse 'bound over themselves shields of wood' and made a hole in the soft stone of the wall with their axes. The Steward was killed by a Norse arrow, Rothesay fell and the Norse won much treasure and ransom of 300 silver merks. This vitally strategic castle was besieged again in 1263 when Haakon IV launched the final Norwegian assault upon western Scotland.

During the 13th century, Rothesay was strengthened by the addition of a gatehouse with portcullis, plus four projecting towers that allowed defending archers to enfilade or cover the ground in front of the walls. The Viking threat passed with the peace treaty signed at Perth in 1266 but Rothesay Castle was soon in foreign hands again. The English held it at various points during the Wars of Scottish
Independence. It fell to Edward in the late 1290s but was taken back by the Scots following an assault from the sea led by Sir Robert Boyd of Cunningham in 1306. After the defeats of Dupplin Moor (1332) and Halidon Hill (1333) Rothesay was English again, held for Edward III, Plantagenet and self-styled Lord Superior of Scotland.

Further sieges ocurred in 1462, 1527 and in 1544 when the invasion of Scotland by the Earl of Hertford provided the pro-English faction amongst the Scottish nobility with opportunities for mischief. The Earl of Lennox captured Rothesay Castle in the name of Henry VIII but in reality his actions served only Lennox's own strategic interests. Like many other Scottish castles, Rothesay was damaged by Cromwell's troops in the 1650s and torched by the forces of the Covenanting rebel Argyll in 1685.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tour Scotland Calendars 2009


Scotland Panorama Calendar 2009. Scotland Panorama Calendar 2009.


Scotland Wall Calendar 2009. 2009 Scotland Wall Calendar.


National Geographic Scotland 2009 Calendar. National Geographic Scotland 2009 Calendar.


Scotland 2009 Wall Calendar. Wet, rocky, and at times breathtakingly verdant, Scotland is home to over five hundred Scottish lochs, nearly 800 islands, and more than 250 peaks over 3,000 feet. Combine that naturally picturesque setting with the many ancient castles, kirks, and monuments that dot the Scottish countryside and you have a landscape photographer's dream come true. This calendar's twelve images evoke the romance, history, and rough-hewn beauty of Scotland. Each is accompanied by a stirring excerpt from Scottish literature or a pithy pronouncement from a celebrated Scot. Scotland 2009 Wall Calendar.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Tour Scotland Seagulls


Tour Scotland Seagulls Humour. "Why are there no seagulls following this boat ?"
"Well, you know fine that this boat is from Pittenweem in Fife, Scotland."

Fifers, people from Fife, are proverbially undemonstrative and thrifty Scots with a strongly developed sense of independence.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tour Scotland Farming Yesteryear Steam Tractor


Tour Scotland today. An old Steam Tractor named "Sandy" at a Scottish Farming Yesteryear Show. The Scottish Vintage Tractor Engine Club Extravaganza held at Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tour Scotland The Declaration Of Arbroath


Tour Scotland The Declaration Of Arbroath. A video of a school project to commemorate the Declaration Of Arbroath, with musical themes from the time of the declaration in 1320, all the way through to the present day. This Scottish video also shows how the Scottish tradition has influenced the music of America. In addition there is a brief history of Scotland with music, poetry and singing.

For Freedom Alone: The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320. For Freedom Alone: The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320 (Scottish History Matters series).

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Tour Scotland Arncroach


Tour Scotland Arncroach. Arncroach is a small village situated in the East of Fife, a couple of miles inland of the fishing village of Pittenweem and around ten miles away from the famous St Andrews, on the east coast of Scotland. Arncroach is within the Carnbee church parish. Situated close to Arncroach is Kellie Castle formerly the seat of the Earl of Kellie and is also where the famous Lorimer family lived. I was born in Fife, and raised in the fishing village of Cellardyke, not far from Arncroach.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tour Scotland September Rain


Tour Scotland September Rain. After the wettest July and August for many a year, September is moving along in the same mode.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tour Scotland Ancestry Research


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Monday, September 08, 2008

Tour Scotland Kilchurn Castle


Tour Scotland Kilchurn Castle. In the years after 1500 Clan Campbell held much of western Scotland in a tight grip. Kilchurn Castle was a key link in the chain of strongholds that sustained Campbell power. Sitting at the head of Loch Awe, Kilchurn blocked access from the east through the narrow Pass of Brander and to the lands of Lorn beyond. Although today the castle sits on a thin peninsula, in the 15th and 16th centuries it sat on a small island linked to the shore by a secret causeway hidden below the surface of the water. Originally a five storey tower house, Kilchurn was also protected by a curtain wall that enclosed most of its island base, and by three corner towers added in the late 17th century.

The tower house at Kilchurn was begun around 1440 when the captain of Kilchurn was Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy whose crusading exploits earned him the nickname of the Black Knight of Rhodes. According to tradition, his wife Margaret busied herself overseeing much of the construction of the tower during his absence overseas. The MacGregors of Glenstrae acted as keepers of Kilchurn until falling out with the Campbells in a violent feud in the early seventeenth century. The castle was besieged by Royalists under General Middleton for two days in 1654 until relieved by Cromwellian forces sent in haste by Monck. It was besieged again in the troubled year of 1685 when the Protestant Earl of Argyll rebelled against the Catholic James VII. Kilchurn was garrisoned with Hanoverian redcoats as soon as news of the 1715 and 1745 Risings reached the ears of the government in Edinburgh. Sir John Campbell, who became 1st Earl of Breadalbane in 1681, was aware that Kilchurn's strategic position in the turbulent western Highlands was worth good money. Around 1690 he built a
barracks block at Kilchurn capable of holding over two hundred troops and then tried to sell the castle to the government as a ready-made fortress. His plans were only thwarted by the government's decision to expand its base at Fort William at the head of Loch Linnhe, which was more easily supplied by sea.

In the eighteenth century, the Campbells of Breadalbane paid more attention to their more fertile estates in Perthshire and they moved in 1740 to Balloch Castle, later known as Taymouth Castle near Kenmore. Kilchurn was abandoned and badly damaged by lightning in 1769. The sad loss of its roof the following year encouraged local builders to use Kilchurn as a convenient quarry. In 1817 drainage work on the outflow from Loch Awe lowered the waters and attached the castle more securely to the surrounding land.

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Tour Scotland Horseshoeing


A farrier working in Scotland. Scottish Farriers specialize in horseshoeing, focusing their time and effort on the care of the feet of horses. This farrier is shoeing a pure bred Clydesdale Horse, named Star, from Balmalcolm, Fife, Scotland. A farrier's routine work is primarily hoof trimming and shoeing. In ordinary cases it is important to trim each hoof so that it retains its proper orientation to the ground. If the animal has a heavy work load, then custom made horseshoes are required. Although at one time, farrier and blacksmith were all but synonymous, these days, farriers and blacksmiths are considered to be in separate, albeit related Scottish trades.

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Tour Scotland Countryside Fair Farrier


Tour Scotland Countryside Fair Farrier. A Scottish Farrier at the Scottish Countryside Fair, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland.

The Art of Horseshoeing: A Manual for Farriers. Selected as one of the dozen best horseshoeing books ever published, this reprint of an exciting 1895 book written by a leading British veterinarian lays down correct principles andpoints out hundreds of highly technical details still essential to good shoeing. Some 100 years later, farriers still rely on ideas from this highly valuable book in their daily shoeing work. Must reading for anyone involved with hoof care. The Art of Horseshoeing: A Manual for Farriers (Farrier classics).

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tour Scotland Edinburgh and Glasgow


Tour Scotland Edinburgh and Glasgow. Make the most of Edinburgh and Glasgow with Frommer’s Edinburgh and Glasgow Day by Day, a travel guide that will show you how to experience the best sights in the smartest, most time-efficient way. See the best of Edinburgh in one, two, or three days, learn about full-day tours of Glasgow, find out about the best driving tours through the Borders and the Central Highlands, peruse hundreds of evocative color photos to help you imagine your trip, and discover hotels, restaurants, shopping and nightlife for all budgets. Never feel lost with this handy guide. Frommer's Edinburgh & Glasgow Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day).

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Tour Scotland Panorama


Tour Scotland Panorama. Colin Baxter Photography. Scotland Panorama.

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Tour Scotland Pictish Symbol Stones


Tour Scotland Pictish Symbol Stones. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments. The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland (Rcahms).

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Tour Spectacular Scotland


Tour Spectacular Scotland. Scotland, legendary land of bagpipes, heather, tartans, and fine malt whiskey, is fĂȘted in the gorgeous photographs and vivid text of this large-format illustrated book. This magical destination is profiled in all its variety, including lofty mountains, misty glens, and fascinating cities such as elegant, historic Edinburgh and innovative Glasgow. Here too are sumptuous surveys of the splendid coastline, glorious islands, white sand beaches, and exotic gardens that make the country a favored destination of tourists and a source of pride to those who live there. Spectacular Scotland (Spectacular).

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Tour Scotland Famous Battlefield


Tour Scotland Famous Battlefield. The last battle on British soil, Culloden marked the end of clan culture, was the harbinger of the Highland Clearances, ensured the inevitability of the American Revolution, and increased the outpouring of Scots across the globe. It is the only battle that British Army regiments are not permitted to include on their battle honors; the only battle that Bonnie Prince Charlie ever lost; and the only battle that Cumberland ever won. As visitors make their way to the site of Culloden, they bring with them their stories and their grandfather's stories—sometimes haunting, sometimes humorous, but always impressive. A poignant location, resonant with past deeds and emotive memories, the battlefield inevitably affects those who work there, including the author. Having worked there for many years, he has collected these stories and offers them here as a unique record of the power of the place. There are tales from both before and during the battle, stories from those who visit from all corners of the globe, and tales from those who work there. These stories tell of civil war, love, the unexpected, and even the supernatural. Culloden Tales: Stories from Scotland's Most Famous Battlefield.

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Tour Scotland Photography Guide


Tour Scotland Photography Guide. Few countries offer as many exciting photographic opportunities as Scotland, and the full breadth of its photogenic landscape is here, revealed through 250 color plates and maps. Hundreds of professional tips from the experts at Outdoor Photography Magazine reveal where and when to visit, and how to take memorable images of Scotland once you’re there. Moving beyond the well-known lochs and castles, the guide also explores both unexpected urban locations and remote areas where the people, scenery, and wildlife offer a rich bounty of visual possibility. The PIP Travel Photography Guide to Scotland (Travel Photography Guide).

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Tour Scotland Hidden Places


Tour Scotland Hidden Places. A wealth of interesting information on the history, the Scottish countryside, the towns and villages of Scotland, and the more established Scottish visitor attractions, but it also focuses on promoting the more secluded and little known places of interest and places to stay, eat and drink. HIDDEN PLACES OF SCOTLAND, THE: An informative guide to the more secluded and less well-known places (The Hidden Places).

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Tour Scotland Encyclopedia of Places and Landscape


Tour Scotland Encyclopedia of Places and Landscape. Authoritative, comprehensive, and fully up-to-date, this outstanding encyclopedia contains more than 10,000 detailed entries on Scotland’s cities, towns and villages, mountains, lochs and rivers, visitor attractions, monuments, and historic sites. Each entry places its subject in historical, geographical, architectural, or environmental context, offering information for a wide variety of uses. Street plans are included for all of Scotland’s cities and many larger towns, highlighting places of interest, public buildings, and main routes. All the entries are cross-referenced to a full-color atlas of the country, providing a wealth of current cartographic detail. Scotland: An Encyclopedia of Places and Landscape.

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Tour Scotland Golf Map


Tour Scotland Golf Map. Golf Map of Scotland (Map) (Map).

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Tour Scotland Travel Pack


Tour Scotland Travel Pack. This handy pocket-size guide to Scotland is packed with useful information, tips and recommendations, accompanied by colour photographs, charts and maps for the first-time traveller to Scotland who wants to experience the major highlights that Scotland has to offer. This Scottish travel book surpasses other guides in that it incorporates essential information in an easy-to-carry and easy-to-read format that is attractive and useful at the same time. It provides a visitor with an invaluable introduction to Scotland by concisely highlighting the country’s must see areas in a practical and user-friendly format, thus encouraging the tourist to make the most of his or her available time. All the essential information you need to get around in Scotland is compacted into useful and practical At-a-Glance sections at the end of each chapter. The fold-out map of Scotland is ideal for tourists and visitors. In addition to the main map of Scotland, it features five detailed area maps and eleven Scottish town plans. Scotland Travel Pack (Globetrotter Travel Packs).

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Tour Scotland Distilleries and Their Landscapes


Scotland and its Whiskies. The Great Whiskies, the Distilleries and Their Landscapes. Scotland and its Whiskies: The Great Whiskies, the Distilleries and Their Landscapes.

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Tour Scotland The Autobiography


Tour Scotland The Autobiography. A vivid, wide-ranging, and engrossing account of Scotland's history, composed of timeless stories by those who experienced it first-hand. Contributors range from Tacitus, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone, and Billy Connolly. These include not only historic moments--from Bannockburn to the opening of the new parliament in 1999--but also testimonies like that of the eightyear- old factory worker who was dangled by his ear out of a third-floor window for making a mistake; the survivors of the 1746 Battle of Culloden, who wished perhaps that they had died on the field; the breakthrough moment for John Logie Baird, inventor of television; and, the genesis of great works of literature recorded by Conan Doyle, Stevenson, and the editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica. From the battlefield to the sports field, this is living, accessible history told by crofters, criminals, servants, housewives, poets, journalists, nurses, politicians, prisoners, comedians, sportsmen, and many more. Scotland: The Autobiography.

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