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Urquhart Castle
November 27, 2014, 12:04 pm
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Urquhart CastleUrquhart, one of the largest castles in Scotland, is situated on Strone Point to the north-west of Loch Ness, near the entrance to Glen Urquhart.

Built between the 13th and the 16th centuries on the site of an earlier fortification, it was a royal castle until it was given to Clan Grant in 1509.

When the last soldiers marched out in 1692, they blew it up to prevent its use by Jacobite forces.

Urquhart Castle


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The Forecasting Stone
November 17, 2014, 10:34 am
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High tech weather forecasting at the Blue Shed, Torrin, Isle of Skye:

Forecasting stone

The Blackhouse
November 7, 2014, 11:42 am
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Black House 1Blackhouses were traditionally built with thick dry stone walls, usually thatched with turf or reed and with floors of flagstones or packed earth.

They were generally to be found in the Scottish Highlands, the Hebrides and Ireland.

Part of the house was used as living accommodation and part was used to keep livestock.

The house had no chimney and was heated by a fire in the middle of the floor, the smoke permeating out through the thatch.

Peat stack

The peat stack


Additional warmth was provided by the body heat of the animals living at the end of the house.

People continued to live in blackhouses into the twentieth century until the demand for more modern houses with better heating and plumbing caused them to fall out of favour.

Many have now been restored for use as holiday accommodation.

Black House 3

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