Posted by: scrabblequeen | June 30, 2010

Where, Oh Where, Has the Scrabblequeen been?

Down the canal, across the loch, on the moor, and through the woods, that’s where! Although, not necessarily in that order.

Thursday the 24th saw us off to the Balnuaran of Clava (a pre-historic cemetery). In a light drizzle we inspected the cairns left by the ancients.
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Notice the ring of standing stones circling the cairn? Apparantly the stones were added after the cairn was no longer in use, according the signs there-abouts.
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In addition to the historical significance of the area, I really just enjoyed the natural scenery. Lots and lots of green, (including plenty of moss and lichen) and stone walls framing the little road.
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From there, we moved on to the Culloden Moor, with it’s brand new visitor center and it’s somber battlefield full of ghosts.
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The visitor’s center is state-of-the-art, and oh so complete with the details of the battle from both perspectives, (English and Jacobite) the events leading up to the battle, the weapons used, and so on, but the moor itself, was to me, the more striking display. 1500 men lost their lives there in one short morning, many of them in the space of only ten minutes! The cottage standing there now is like, but is not, a building from the time of the conflict.
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After lunch, we boarded the coach and headed out to the Ness Canal, to take a trip on the Jacobite Queen.

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We motored down the canal, through a lock, and into Loch Ness….where, yes, I DID see Nessie. Somehow I never expected her to be purple!
We crossed the loch to the point where the remians of Urquhart Castle stand. It is truly beautiful there. The loch is big and wide, the land green and lush, and the history just barly hidden from view.
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I took lots of photos at this stop, because it was so beautiful and so interesting. As this is already a long post, I’ll onlly put up once more for now.
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We saw something rather unusual in thee parking lot as we we getting ready to depart…
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A whole posse of mini’s, all decorated for something, but what could it be?
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Aha! Oh, I even know where both Land’s End and John O’Groats are. We took the ferry to Orkney from John O’groats, as it happens…

Enough for now. I’ll be home by tomorrow night and will do my best to catch up and fill in the blanks from there.

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Responses

  1. Oh, there you are! 🙂
    These photos are so wonderful…they are just spectacular, and make me wish i were there.

  2. Again love the pics! You missed the first of Summers 100 degree days but I’m sure they will do a repeat for you! 😉 Looking forward to your return!

  3. Oh what wonderful sights to see….sigh…

  4. Green and breathtaking! So really lovely. Have a great time home!

  5. Incredible photos, but I want to see purple Nessie!

  6. What a wonderful post and yes we need to see more of your pictures. And pictures of Orkney, too.

    I’m so glad to hear that Nessy is purple. It’s my favorite color.

  7. Great pics! I really love the moss covered rock wall. I would love to see it in person. Looks like you had great fun.

  8. I love historical outings!! Great photos of the castle and ruins.


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