Northern Sands Hotel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Continental Breakfast
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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... of Scotland to stop at Culloden. This is where the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie met the British forces of Cumberland in 1746 and were completely wiped out. The Scottish army had been fighting for independence from Britain for a year or so under Bonnie Price Charlie, the Scottish king who had just returned from exiled in France. The Scots had been doing quite well up to this point but they made a tactical error by meeting ...
... pleasant photo of the Royal Station, as this is royal area close to Balmoral. Alas, it had recently been burnt down and was behind protective fencing. Nice little village though. And before we knew it we were at the carpark for Balmoral Castle where we spent a couple of hours looking at the castle and grounds. There are lots of photos of the royals growing up in these surroundings and as its our era it all felt quite familiar.
Destination for the day was Pitlochry. Heather B ...
... path and came across the crypt that had a pretty decent view overlooking the nearby loch. After we took our photos we decided to head up to the near by house and see if the stable looking place really was the ruins. As we drove in we found a sign for the B&B's and thought we would try and find the office for them. As we drove down the driveway we didn't find any B&B's but we did find the actual castle ruins. Turns out the road was joined to the first one we had come in on and ...
... and partially above in stone, with a turf roof. Some of the Duns (fortified houses) were magnificent structures. Built of stone, one we visited, the ruined remains of the Dun of Carloway (yes, the name had its own attractions), was over 11 metres tall. It had 3ft thick concentric stone walls, with a spiral stairway between the walls opening onto successive levels as one climbed. The only external doorway had a very low lintel so that anyone entering presented the back of their neck ...
... was actually used as part of the Mercat or Market this is where the land owners wealth came from as they would hold weekly markets, at its height they had pubs serving the people who came to the Markets and they were spread over the Graveyard, There was also a had ON A GRAVE STONE this Scots wasted nothing was what they called a Plaiden Ell or a measuring point for the Plaid or Tartan Cloth, there was some bad punishments if u were caught short selling your customers so ...