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St Maelrubha’s Well, Isle of Skye
May 15, 2015, 9:01 am
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St Maelrubha’s Well

St Maelrubha’s WellBeneath the vegetation lies a stone-lined structure into which water flows through a channel from an earlier stone-lined spring.

Archaelogical evidence suggests that the site, near Broadford on the Isle of Skye, has been important to local people for more than 10,000 years.

A piece of limestone engraved with a cross was found near the well and it is thought that a chapel stood about 30 yards to the south and west, where the old burial ground is still in use.

The site is closely linked to St Maelrubha (c.642 – 722), who was based in nearby Applecross, and sailed across to preach using the rocky crag above the river as a pulpit.

St Maelrubha’s Pulpit

St Maelrubha’s Pulpit

Kildrummy Castle
May 10, 2015, 11:41 am
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Kildrummy Castle

Kildrummy Castle, in Aberdeenshire, was built in the mid-13th century and became the stronghold of the Earls of Mar.

The castle was abandoned in 1716 following the failure of the Jacobite rebellion.

Although now in ruins, the remains of its curtain wall, round towers, hall and chapel can still be seen.

Kildrummy Castle

St. Clement’s Church, Rodel, Isle of Harris
April 30, 2015, 4:39 pm
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St Clement’s Church St Clement’s Church was built in the early 1500s by Alasdair Crotach MacLeod of Dunvegan and Harris, 8th Chief of MacLeod, who also built the ‘Fairy Tower’ at his ancestral seat of Dunvegan Castle in Skye.

When Alasdair died in 1547, his body was laid to rest in St Clement’s in a tomb he had built on the south side of the choir in 1528. His son, William, 9th Chief, was buried in another tomb in the nave in 1552.

St Clement’s Church

Alasdair MacLeod’s tomb

There are grave slabs leaning against the wall of the north transept and the graveyard surrounding the church contains a number of MacLeod tombs.

St Clement’s was a Catholic church before it fell into disuse not long after its completion around 1560 mainly due to the Reformation, although the churchyard continued to be used as a MacLeod burial site. In the 19th century it was used as a cow byre before being restored by Catherine Herbert, Countess of Dunmore in 1873.

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A coo with a view
April 23, 2015, 4:36 pm
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A coo with a view

A coo with a view

Skara Brae, Orkney
April 7, 2015, 10:00 am
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Skara BraeOrkney is a very windy island even today but in 1850 a huge storm uncovered the remains of a prehistoric village near the beach at the Bay of Skaill.

The village is remarkably well preserved and has proved to be the best-preserved Neolithic village in western Europe.

It is around 5,000 years old, pre-dating Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

Today Skara Brae survives as eight dwellings, linked together by a series of low, covered passages.

Skara BraeVisitors can wander around the village and see ancient homes fitted with stone bed enclosures, dressers and seats.

A replica construction lets visitors see how the interior of a prehistoric house looked.
In 1999 the village was inscribed on to the World Heritage List as part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

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Greyfriars Bobby
March 30, 2015, 2:41 pm
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Greyfriars BobbyNot just the star of a Walt Disney film, Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier in 19th century Edinburgh who became famous for guarding his master’s grave for 14 years.

His owner was John Gray, a night watchman, who died and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in 1858.

Bobby spent his days sitting on his master’s grave, leaving only on hearing the one o’clock gun when he would visit a local coffee shop where they would feed him his lunch.

In 1867 a new bye-law was passed requiring all dogs to be licensed.

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers paid for Bobby’s licence, and gave him a collar which can now be seen in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh .

John Gray's grave

John Gray’s grave

Bobby died in 1872 and was buried near John Gray’s grave just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Following his death, Lady Burdett-Coutts had a statue and fountain erected at the southern end of George IV Bridge to commemorate him.

Even today, people still leave flowers on Bobby’s grave.

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk and Bobby’s grave.

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Rubh’ An Teampaill

Northton ChapelThis mediaeval chapel looks out across the Sound of Harris towards the Uists. It stands on a rocky headland, Rubh’ An Teampaill, near Northton on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

It was probably built in the 15th or 16th century and stands on the site of a much older broch, which is likely to have supplied most of the stones for the chapel.

Northton ChapelThe chapel has a small slit window in each wall with a door in the north wall.

Surrounding the chapel lie the remains of a graveyard thought to have been there since Viking times.


Northton Chapel


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