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    Culloden

    by WorldRunner100 Written Jul 15, 2009

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    I won't write much on this because I wrote quite a bit on my travel blog. You can check it out for more info and photos:
    http://adams-travel-blog.blogspot.com/2009/07/scotland-day-1.html

    I'm a huge history buff. So I had to go here. It was a very somber experience. I've been to a lot of battlefields, but this one seemed a little more somber than most. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth a visit.

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    Loch Ness

    by iaint Updated May 21, 2009

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    First look for the monster. Then, when you realise you're wasting your time, check out the scenery. You have wooded hills on both sides of the loch for its full length.

    Hard to beat.

    The NE point of the loch is only a few miles outside the city. You can drive down the east shore, but the road is narrow (single track in places, so be prepared to go slow). Most will drive down the west shore on the main A82 road to Fort Augustus at the south end (via Drumnadrochit).

    You can also take a cruise (see website link below), and that's my plan for my next visit.

    The area gets very congested with road traffic during the main tourist season, so even the better quality A82 will be slow.

    Take in Urquhart Castle (just south of Drumnadrochit) if it's not too busy.

    on a cold and frosty morning...at Urquhart Castle waiting for Nessie to turn up oh well, better do something else!
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    Is it a church? Bookstore? Cafe? It's LEAKEY'S!

    by JessH Updated May 11, 2009

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    For some reason this place seems to be almost somewhat of a little, well-kept secret - I have met numerous people who have visited Inverness and most of them had never heard of Leakey's before. So let me tell you about it!
    This is Scotland's largest second-hand bookstore. Opened in 1972 and formerly home to St Mary's Gaelic Church (built 1792), the historic premises are a perfect environment to browse through rows of tall wooden shelves stuffed with books on every subject imaginable.

    We spent 2 rainy afternoons in Leakey's, trying to choose how much money we'd would and could spend, and on which books exactly. The wood burning oven near the entrance made the whole space even more inviting and cosier, if that's at all possible.
    John found collections of all of Shakespeare's works, another on the history of the United Kingdom - leather-bound and over 80 years old! I spotted the entire collection of Jane Austin novels, as well as limited edition travel books from National Geographic... the choices are endless! Here, you can find anything from an antique book worth hundreds of pounds, right down to a tatty and used paperback novel for a couple of pounds that will make an entertaining read on your next train or plane trip.

    We finally made our minds up & treated ourselves and purchased one of "the classics": 9 volumes (Folio Press) collectible edition of Sherlock Holmes novels for £130.-

    Leakey's also stocks antique (guaranteed over 100 years old) prints, photographs and maps with prices starting from £65.- and up. I spotted a gorgeous antique pencil sketch of the apprentice pillar inside Roslin Chapel... maybe I'll get it next time!
    The staff are very helpful and will try to assist if you are looking for something in particular.

    Opening Hours: All year, Mon.-Sat. 10:00-17:00.
    Throughout the day you can enjoy home-baked scones and various cakes with a lovely coffee or tea selection at reasonable prices.
    Lunch menu (daily soup, sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes etc.) is served from 12 onwards.
    The cafe seats approx. 40 people and also doubles as a small art gallery for local artists.

    "Let books be your dining table,
    And you shall be full of delights
    Let them be your mattress
    And you shall sleep restful nights."
    - Author Unknown

    "Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"
    Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

    "The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
    Mark Twain (1835-1910)

    "Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."
    P. J. O'Rourke

    Leakey's Second Hand Bookstore, Inverness (2009) Exterior of Leakey's Bookstore, Inverness (2009) Coffeeshop of Leakey's Bookstore, Inverness (2009) The fantastic Leakey's Bookstore, Inverness (2009) Location of Leakey's Bookstore, Inverness UK
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    Squares of Inverness

    by Redang Updated Nov 7, 2008

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    Pics:
    - Main: Falcon square
    - Second: Station square
    - Third: Statue dedicated to The Battle of Tel el-Kebir or el-Tal el-Kebir between the Egyptian army and the British military fought near Tel-el-Kebir on 13 September 1.882 (Station square)..

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    dunrobin castle

    by dervish Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    we spent a day at dunrobin castle, exploring the beautifully kept inside and magnificent gardens. there is a haunted room which is actually sealed off at the door , but my youngest son of 8 was fasinated and kept going back and putting his hand in over the barricade, daring the ghost to touch him!!! out side we sat for a display of the hawks doing their thing, it was a memorable day for us, and the onsite shop has the ability to empty purses full of pocket money!!

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    ullapool west scotland

    by dervish Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    we drove right across from inverness on the east to the west coast village of ullapool. its a beautiful fishimg port with a really relaxed atmosphere. on the day we visited there was a big weekend of celtic music festivities going on, so loads of musicians from all over scotland ,ireland ,wales and further afield playing guitars fiddles whistles etc sitting on the sea shore, outside and inside pubs, wonderful atmosphere.

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    stratfeffer village

    by dervish Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    this charming little village is so quaint and lovely. not a lot going on ,apparently has a fantastic hot chocolate cafe but closed on sunday when we were visiting. we did visit the highland childhood museum,it was well worth going, the little shop sold really old fashioned toys,that i hadnt seen since my childhood, so i picked up a few of my old favs..in the museum there were so many hands on exhibits of old toys, and even a dress up box ,my kids really enjoyed it. also there was a story teller so they all sat down for fun games song and story . there was a lovely little cafe on site as well, and facepainting too.

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    Highland Cattle

    by Kaspian Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    "Highland cows" or "hairy cows" or "hyan coos", are a must-see while in this part of northern Scotland! It's just such a strange and funny animal to look at. They sport a long, thick coat of reddish hair and one really has to wonder how they see through those bangs. They also have a set of rather deadly looking horns. These cows live in the rain, rugged terrain, and bitter cold of the Highlands and thrive where most cattle would die. Don't be fooled though by their raggedy-looking appearance, these cows are actually pedigreed and are the oldest registered European beef cow--history dates them back in the area to at least the 12th century. They're a very intelligent, inquisitive bunch, and will spend as much time staring at you as you do at them. Though they're usually very calm and quiet in disposition, they can get a bit grumpy if you're standing in their way--there's a funny scene in the movie Rob Roy where Liam Neeson gets a good shove out of the way by one.

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    Castle Stuart

    by stevezero Written Jun 16, 2006

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    Castle Stuart is another privately owned castle, which is an exclusive 5* hotel. So exclusive we could not even get through the locked gates (it was early morning)
    Castle Stuart is an impressive structure with a main block and towers at the southern corners. Two angled square turrets, built up on corbels distinguish the north front. James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray, erected the castle between 1621-25. It was rebuilt to plans of James Maitland Wardrop in 1869 when the stair-cap, with open crown, was built on the west tower. The building gradually became ruinous and the roof of the central block collapsed. In 1978 Mr and Mrs Stuart, Canadian Scots, leased the building from Lord Moray and began restoration, a task that took 14 years to complete.

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    Kilravock Castle

    by stevezero Written Jun 16, 2006

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    Kilravock Castle is a traditional Scottish castle, the Tower being built in 1460. It has the seat of the Roses since that time.
    he Kilravock tower was built by the 7th Baron under licence granted by John, Lord of the Isles and Earl of Ross, on 18th February 1460. There is a tradition that the architect was a servant of James III called Cochran, who also designed Cawdor Castle. In any case, Cawdor was built a few years earlier, and the same mason’s marks are to be found in the doorway stonework of both castles.
    The mansion house part was added in 1553 by the tenth baron, mainly to accommodate his household of seventeen female dependants - sisters and daughters.

    The castle is now a reasonably priced Bed and breakfast, but has a tearoom open to the public, and also a garden which you can visit (admission charge)

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    Tolbooth Steeple

    by stevezero Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Opposite, on the corner of Bridge Street and Church Street, is the Tolbooth Steeple which dates from 1791 and which had to be repaired after an earth tremor in 1816. Built by the architect William Sibbald of Edinburgh, the steeple is 130 feet high and cost some £3,400 to build.

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    inverness highland games

    by ketch1973 Written May 25, 2006

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    the inverness highland games is a very popular event that attracts locals young and old aswell as masses of tourists who flock to see the traditional march of the pipe band the to games site at bught park arena.
    The Inverness Games has a tradition of trying to include something new every year and has now grown to include Piping Competitions, Dancing Competitions, Cycling Competitions, a Highland Craft Fair, a Children’s Fun Fair, Tug of War, and a Massed Pipe Band
    The highlight of the day is the ever-popular ‘Tossing of the Caber’. The 16 foot plus caber weighs more than a man and it is a feat of enormous skill as well as extraordinary strength to hurl the caber so it turns over and lands in the required 12 o’clock position.

    the pipe band makes its way to the games a highland dancing competition trying to balance the caber prior to the toss the toss the pipe band departs
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    Walk along the River Ness

    by kathymof Updated Feb 4, 2006

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    There is a wonderful walk along the River Ness. You can actually walk quite a ways starting in the area of Inverness Castle and heading south. It is a circular trip so you can start on one side and finish on the other. There are three beautiful foot bridges you can cross with two of them taking you to an island that is in the middle of the river. I walked it alone and felt perfectly safe the whole time. Many locals obviously enjoy the walk as well. One fun thing I saw is in the picture to the left - there was a downed tree on the island and someone had painted a mouth inside a cavity in the log and also painted an eye - it looked like the Loch Ness Monster! Kids would probably love it. The paths were well maintained and clean. It made for a very pleasant stoll on a warm, sunny afternoon.

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    Inverness Floral Hall

    by kathymof Updated Feb 4, 2006

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    This is a floral garden composed of green houses and outdoor gardens. It is in the middle of a large recreational complex that is toward the SW side of Inverness (west of the River Ness). You can wonder around and see different ecosytems in the various green houses. It is pretty surprising to see many of these plants this far north, especially in the Cactus House. They even have a Koi pond and the fish will come rushing up to you in hopes of a hand-out. The facilities are very well maintained as are all of the indoor and outdoor planted areas.

    haven't a clue what this is cactus House Outdoor planted area with hyacinths One of the greenhouses Some of the Koi
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    Library.

    by lou31 Written Jan 22, 2006

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    The public library may not be everyones choice of entertainment but I have included it for those researching their family tree. I spent an quiet hour here and the staff were friendly and helpful.

    You can get information from parish registers, census returns and even gravestone inscriptions.

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