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Tuesday October 22nd, 2019

Our final day in Scotland. It was a three castle day, Midhope, Blackness and Linlithgow. All three are within miles of each other. Only enough space to tell about one.

Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th century. No entry is allowed inside because it's considered a derelict building. But the outer building is very recognizable to people like us who have watched Outlander. It is used for the exterior shots for Jamie Fraser's Lallybroch, his family home.
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Our final day in Scotland. It was a three castle day, Midhope, Blackness and Linlithgow. All three are within miles of each other. Only enough space to tell about one.
Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th century.  No entry is allowed inside because its considered a derelict building. But the outer building is very recognizable to people like us who have watched Outlander. It is used for the exterior shots for Jamie Frasers Lallybroch, his family home.

Sunday October 20th, 2019

Culzean Castle is located on the coast of Scotland. The castle sits atop a cliff about 35 miles south of Glasgow. It was built in the late 1700's. Beautiful gardens are in front of the castle. It is said to be haunted by seven ghosts, including a bagpiper and a servant girl.

At the end of World War II, an apartment at the top of the castle was given to General Eisenhower in recognition of his role in the war. He used the apartment on four different occasions including one time when he was president.
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Culzean Castle is located on the coast of Scotland.  The castle sits atop a cliff about 35 miles south of Glasgow.  It was built in the late 1700s.  Beautiful gardens are in front of the castle.  It is said to be haunted by seven ghosts, including a bagpiper and a servant girl.
At the end of World War II, an apartment at the top of the castle was given to General Eisenhower in recognition of his role in the war. He used the apartment on four different occasions including one time when he was president.Image attachmentImage attachment

Saturday October 19th, 2019

Did you know that historically, Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland? It's served as a royal palace as well as a fortress for over 900 years.

The first record of the castle dates to around 1110. The buildings date primarily from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

The Stewarts lived here. Mary Queen of Scots lived here. Robert the Bruce took control of the castle after the English surrendered. Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take control of the castle during the Jacobite rising in 1746. At one point, the castle changed hands eight times in 50 years.

Today the castle is a year round tourist attraction that lets everyone learn more about the Scottish royalty who lived in the castle as well as the battles that took place in the Stirling area.
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Did you know that historically, Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland? Its served as a royal palace as well as a fortress for over 900 years. 
The first record of the castle dates to around 1110. The buildings date primarily from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
The Stewarts lived here. Mary Queen of Scots lived here. Robert the Bruce took control of the castle after the English surrendered. Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take control of the castle during the Jacobite rising in 1746. At one point, the castle changed hands eight times in 50 years. 
Today the castle is a year round tourist attraction that lets everyone learn more about the Scottish royalty who lived in the castle as well as the battles that took place in the Stirling area.Image attachment

Friday October 18th, 2019

What a day of History Thru Travel!! Two stops, Doune Castle and Stirling Castle, with hundreds of years of history.

Doune Castle was built in the 13th century. Mary Queen of Scots stayed there. Bonnie Prince Charlie occupied it during the Jacobite rising of 1745. A minister, John Witherspoon escaped from there. Yes, that's the same
John Witherspoon who would eventually move to the American colonies and sign the Declaration of Independence.

You've also seen it in movies and TV series. It was used as a set for Winterfell in the first season of "Game of Thrones". It was "Castle Leoch" in the Outlander Series. And it was included in the recent Netflix movie, "Outlaw King".

But it truly gained fame in which movie? Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This castle has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of that hilarious movie!

The story of Stirling Castle in a later post.
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What a day of History Thru Travel!! Two stops, Doune Castle and Stirling Castle, with hundreds of years of history.
Doune Castle was built in the 13th century. Mary Queen of Scots stayed there. Bonnie Prince Charlie occupied it during the Jacobite rising of 1745. A minister, John Witherspoon escaped from there. Yes, thats the same
John Witherspoon who would eventually move to the American colonies and sign the Declaration of Independence. 
Youve also seen it in movies and TV series. It was used as a set for Winterfell in the first season of Game of Thrones. It was Castle Leoch in the Outlander Series. And it was included in the recent Netflix movie, Outlaw King.
But it truly gained fame in which movie? Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This castle has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of that hilarious movie!
The story of Stirling Castle in a later post.Image attachment

Thursday October 17th, 2019

The 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct is one of the scenic view points on the The Jacobite Steam Train. The viaduct was built in 1898 and is the longest concrete bridge in Scotland at 416 yards.

Spectators take the short walk from Glenfinnan each day to photograph the steam train as it passes over the viaduct in the morning and the afternoon.

Its been featured in many movies, but one set of movies made it extra famous. That was the Harry Potter movies. The bridge and the Jacobite steam train were used in four of those movies.
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Tuesday October 15th, 2019

Today took us from Inverness to the Isle of Skye. Along the way there was Loch Ness but no sightings of the Loch Ness monster, the Urquhart Castle, the Eilean Donan Castle and on to the Isle of Skye.

The Urquhart Castle dates back to the 13th century. Today it lies in ruins. In 1690 it was intentionally blown up by the Grants who lived there after a battle with the Jacobites. Although the Jacobites were held off, the Grants didn't want the castle to be occupied at any time by the Jacobites.

The Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed monuments in Scotland. It's also been used in many films including the James Bond movie, 'The World Is Not Enough' where it served as the MI6 Scottish headquarters.
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Today took us from Inverness to the Isle of Skye.  Along the way there was Loch Ness but no sightings of the Loch Ness monster, the Urquhart Castle, the Eilean Donan Castle and on to the Isle of Skye.
The Urquhart Castle dates back to the 13th century.  Today it lies in ruins.  In 1690 it was intentionally blown up by the Grants who lived there after a battle with the Jacobites. Although the Jacobites were held off, the Grants didnt want the castle to be occupied at any time by the Jacobites.
The Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed monuments in Scotland.  Its also been used in many films including the James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough where it served as the MI6 Scottish headquarters.Image attachment

Monday October 14th, 2019

The final confrontation of the Jacobite uprising was the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. Many people in the US probably aren't familiar with this battle unless they have Scottish ancestors or have watched the television series, "Outlander." This was the last major battle on British soil with 1,600 men killed in one hour. 1,500 of them were Jacobites, many of them now buried in mass graves on the battlefield.

The reason for the Jacobite uprising? They wanted to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British throne. But Culloden brought the uprising to a tragic end.
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The final confrontation of the Jacobite uprising was the Battle of Culloden in April 1746.  Many people in the US probably arent familiar with this battle unless they have Scottish ancestors or have watched the television series, Outlander.  This was the last major battle on British soil with 1,600 men killed in one hour.  1,500 of them were Jacobites, many of them now buried in mass graves on the battlefield. 
The reason for the Jacobite uprising?  They wanted to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British throne.  But Culloden brought the uprising to a tragic end.Image attachmentImage attachment

Sunday October 13th, 2019

History was made today when the Kosovo Curling team won their first international match. And we were there to witness it! The World Mixed Curling Championship is being held in Aberdeen, Scotland. Today's victory was a 9-3 win over Nigeria. Both teams are competing in this competition for the first time although Kosovo has competed internationally once before.

Congratulations to the four team members and their coaches. Best wishes for the rest of the competition.
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History was made today when the Kosovo Curling team won their first international match. And we were there to witness it! The World Mixed Curling Championship is being held in Aberdeen, Scotland. Todays victory was a 9-3 win over Nigeria. Both teams are competing in this competition for the first time although Kosovo has competed internationally once before.
Congratulations to the four team members and their coaches. Best wishes for the rest of the competition.Image attachmentImage attachment

Friday October 11th, 2019

The Old Course at St Andrews is considered the oldest golf course in the world. St Andrews is called the "home of golf" . The sport was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 15th century.

One of the most famous golf course landmarks in the world is the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course. It's believed to be 700 to 800 years old and was used by shepherds to get livestock across the creek.

Since I wasn't playing golf, thought I should at least least have my picture taken on the famous bridge.
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The Old Course at St Andrews is considered the oldest golf course in the world. St Andrews is called the home of golf . The sport was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 15th century.
One of the most famous golf course landmarks in the world is the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course. Its believed to be 700 to 800 years old and was used by shepherds to get livestock across the creek.
Since I wasnt playing golf, thought I should at least least have my picture taken on the famous bridge.Image attachment

Friday October 11th, 2019

Dunnottar Castle is located near the town of Stonehaven on the east coast of Scotland. It dates back to the 13th century. In fact, William Wallace (think Braveheart), killed an entire English Garrison inside the castle with only a handful of men. But it's probably best known for where the Honours, the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden in the 18th century.

Today the castle lies in ruins, but it's location on a rock that dates back 440 million years, is one of the most photographed sites in Scotland. We were fortunate to have sun setting behind us which helped in taking pictures, so we walked away with lots of good memories captured in pictures.
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Dunnottar Castle is located near the town of Stonehaven on the east coast of Scotland. It dates back to the 13th century. In fact, William Wallace (think Braveheart), killed an entire English Garrison inside the castle with only a handful of men. But its probably best known for where the Honours, the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden in the 18th century.
Today the castle lies in ruins, but its location on a rock that dates back 440 million years, is one of the most photographed sites in Scotland. We were fortunate to have sun setting behind us which helped in taking pictures, so we walked away with lots of good memories captured in pictures.Image attachment
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