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Annet House Museum, Linlithgow
December 11, 2017, 4:20 pm
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Annet House 1

Annet House 3The museum is based in a large Georgian town house on Linlithgow High Street with a huge garden to the rear. Annet House itself was built in 1787 for the Bartholomew family.

Linlithgow was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, so it’s not surprising that she features strongly in the exhibits. There’s also a statue of her out in the garden.

Annet House 5Other exhibits tell the story of the town’s heritage featuring displays on linen, leatherworking, distilling and papermaking amongst others.

Annet House 2The garden at the back, known as the Rigg, would have been used to provide the family’s everyday requirements with areas for flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs for medicine. Today’s garden has been set out much as it would have been in its heyday.

Annet House 4The museum is scheduled to move to larger premises in the newly-refurbished County Buildings in Linlithgow which sadly means the garden will be left behind.

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Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh
November 20, 2017, 3:34 pm
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Holyrood Abbey 1Holyrood Abbey 2Looking like an extension built on to Holyrood Palace, the Abbey actually predates the Palace by several centuries. Founded by David I in 1128, the Abbey was first home to Augustinian Canons.

Holyrood Abbey 3Holyrood Abbey 4Due to its proximity to Edinburgh Castle, the Abbey was often used by Scottish monarchs as a residence more suited to comfort and privacy. It wasn’t until the 16th century that James IV decided to turn the Abbey chambers into a suitable palace.

Holyrood Abbey 5Holyrood Abbey 6The Abbey was sacked several times by English invasions over the centuries and the Protestant Reformation left much of it in ruins. Part of it was retained to serve as the parish church of Canongate but that came to an end in 1687 when the Catholic James VII and II evicted the Protestant congregation. The Abbey was ransacked a year later when James VII and II was deposed.

It has been a ruin ever since.

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Ben Tianavaig
November 6, 2017, 2:45 pm
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Ben Tianavaig 5Overlooking the harbour at Portree on the Isle of Skye, Ben Tianavaig isn’t one of the island’s higher slopes but it is a nice little climb with spectacular views from the top.

Ben Tianavaig 2With Portree and the Cuillin ridge to one side and the Isle of Raasay and the mountains of Torridon on the other, you can sit here for ages just soaking up the sights. We’ve had lunch here looking down on a family of minke whales feeding in the Sound of Raasay below.

Ben Tianavaig 3

Ben Tianavaig 4At 413 metres high, it is a fairly straightforward climb, best tackled from the car park at Tianavaig Bay. In common with much of the landscape of the Isle of Skye, landslip has caused the collapse of the east side of the hill and sea eagles use the resultant cliff ledges to nest on.

Ben Tianavaig 1



Luichart Dam
October 14, 2017, 11:19 am
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Luichart Dam 1Luichart Dam 2The catchment area of the River Conon and its tributaries is about 460 square miles stretching from Wester Ross to the Cromarty Firth.

The Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme was built by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and developed in 3 stages between 1946 and 1961.

Luichart Dam 3

Luichart Dam 4

Luichart Power Station

Luichart dam creates storage capacity in Loch Luichart and water leaves the dam via a tunnel through to Luichart power station, the largest station in the scheme, which is just downstream. The dam receives additional water from the nearby Meig dam via a tunnel.

The scenery on the way to Luichart dam and the views as you walk across it are breathtaking.

Luichart Dam 5



Shandwick Bus Stop
August 29, 2017, 3:17 pm
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Shandwick Bus Stop 1I came across this picturesque bus stop whilst walking in Easter Ross recently.

Shandwick Bus Stop 2Strangely, the nearest road to this bus stop is several miles away.

Shandwick Bus Stop 3



Attadale Gardens
August 14, 2017, 10:27 am
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Attadale Gardens 1Attadale Gardens 2Situated on the shores of Loch Carron in Wester Ross with views over the loch to the Isle of Skye, Attadale Gardens have been developed over many years. Attadale House itself was built in 1755 and some of the trees date from that period.

Attadale Gardens 3Attadale Gardens 4The gardens boast a rhododendron walk, water gardens, an old sunken garden, Japanese garden, kitchen gardens, a peace garden and a fernery.

An extensive sculpture collection can be stumbled upon lurking in the undergrowth throughout the gardens.

Attadale Gardens 5Attadale Gardens 6If you need some refreshment, a small help yourself café is based in one of the outbuildings by the house.

Part of the 30,000 acre Attadale Estate, these gardens are a great day out.

Attadale Gardens 7

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Scone Palace
July 27, 2017, 9:30 am
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Scone Palace 1Scone Palace 2Scone (pronounced Scoon) was an Abbot’s Palace rather than a Royal Palace. The priory at Scone, near Perth, was granted abbey status in the 12th Century and the residence was built for the Abbot at that time.

The early kings of Scotland were crowned here at Moot Hill on the Stone of Scone (often called the Stone of Destiny) until the Stone was carried off by Edward I of England to Westminster Abbey in 1296. He built a Coronation Chair to fit over the Stone and it has been used at the coronations of English and British monarchs through the centuries. The Coronation Chair still sits in Westminster Abbey but the Stone of Destiny is now on view in Edinburgh Castle until it is needed again.

Scone Palace 3

Moot Hill – crowning place of the Kings of Scots. The small chapel was a later addition.

Scone Palace 4

Replica of the Stone of Destiny.

Even after the removal of the Stone of Destiny, the Moot Hill continued to be the crowning place of the Kings of Scots.

Scone Abbey was severely damaged by a mob from nearby Dundee during the Reformation in the 16th Century and now nothing of the abbey can be seen above ground.

Scone Palace 5In 1600 the abbey estates were granted to Sir David Murray and have remained in his family to the present day. Much of the work on the Palace as it can be seen today was commissioned by David William Murray, the 3rd Earl of Mansfield, around 1802.

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