Marykirk in the mearns and kincardine

The tiny village of Marykirk in Aberdeenshire, formerly Kincardineshire in northeast Scotland sits by the river North Esk in the Howe o’ the Mearns. The village’s Gaelic name is Obar Luathnait translated as Aberluthnott and was renamed Marykirk after the church dedicated to St Mary.    People here used to earn a living farming, as […]


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  The Village of Plockton, Am Ploc, sits by Loch Carron in the Highlands and is known for its mild climate making it a favourite holiday destination. Plockton was a planned village, established during the Highland Clearances when lairds threw families off the land they worked for generations and offered them a choice to buy […]

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Castle Leod

Castle Leod at Strathpeffer in the Scottish Highlands, north of Inverness. Castle Leod (pron. loud) is the seat of the Clan Mackenzie and the Earls of Cromartie. Said to be built on the site of a 12th century Pictish fort the castle featured was built in the 17th century on orders of Sir Roderick Mackenzie. […]

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Huntly Castle

Huntly Castle in the Aberdeenshire town of that name in an area once known as Strathbogie was the seat of the Clan Gordon. It was built to the traditional L-plan for the Gordons, a prominent family in this part of Scotland, in the 14th century on the site of a previous motte and bailey castle. […]

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  Invergordon is a town which lies in Ross and Cromarty in Easter Ross in the Scottish Highlands. Farming is important to the area around Invergordon and whisky distilling. Not so long ago the industry that was very much associated with Invergordon was the aluminium smelter but it closed down in 1981. Nowadays heavy industry […]

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Ullapool (Ulapul in Gaelic) sits on the shores of Loch Broom in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. Despite its northerly situation Ullapool enjoys a moderately temperate climate because of the North Atlantic Current that extends the Gulf Stream northeastwards. The village, designed by Thomas Telford, was established by the British Fisheries Society in 1788 […]

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Culloden Moor

The Battle of Culloden (pron Cullo-den not Culluden)and in Gaelic it is Blàr Chùil Lodair) was the last pitched battle on British soil. It was the final act of the Jacobite rising that began in 1745 when Charles Edward Stuart continued an earlier campaign led by his father who would have been King James VIII […]

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The Strathpeffer Gathering

The Strathpeffer Gathering or as they used to be known the Strath Games take place annually in early August. Strathpeffer is a Highland village near Inverness. In the 19th century it was famous as a spa attracting people from far away to enjoy the benefits of its recuperative mineral waters.

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The Applecross Peninsula

The Applecross peninsula is a beautiful and remote area of Scotland’s northwest Highlands. A’Chomraich in native Gaelic, meaning the Sanctuary. Applecross sounds like it is the Anglicization of the native name Aporcrosan – where the river meets. Applecross comprises of various settlements the largest of which runs along Shore Street facing the Inner Sound and […]

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Elgin Cathedral

Elgin cathedral dates from around 1224 and was the principal church of the bishops of Moray. It fell into ruin from the Reformation when its roof was removed and gradually the building disintegrated. Despite its ruinous state its grandeur and ambition as a building is evident featuring some fine examples of medieval carving.   ©SiP

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Strathconon, Glen Affric and Eskadale

Strathconon is a pretty, narrow strath (valley) near Marybank through which runs the river Meig. The much acclaimed Glen Affric is a nearby narrow glen between high peaks, ancient Cladeonian forest, open muirs, lochs and beaches. The Roman Catholic church of St Mary at Eskadale is the burial ground of Frasers and Chisholms and associated […]

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle was one of many residences of the Kings and Queens of Scotland and played an important role in Scotland’s Wars of Independence. The present castle dates from the 12th century but what remains can be dated from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. ©SiP

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Kildrummy Castle

The ruin of this 13th century castle lies near the village of Alford in Aberdeenshire. The castle was built of local stone in the French style. The Snow Tower was the castle’s keep but is a ruin along with the rest of the building. The protective dry moat and steep ravine on one side remain […]

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Cambus o’ May

Cambus o’May between Ballater and Dinnet in Aberdeenshire incorporates a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its geological features. You can find dragonflies over the lochans and red squirrels and black grouse among its Scots pines. The iron lattice-work footbridge has been around since 1905. ©SiP   ©SiP

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Milltown of Rothiemay

Milltown of Rothiemay lies on the banks of the River Deveron near Huntly in the presbytery of Strathbogie, Morayshire. The village was home to the famous 17th century cartographer James Gordon (1617-1686) and instrument maker and astronomer, James Ferguson (1710-1776). From a humble background James herded cattle as a boy and cleaned clocks. At night […]

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The old market town of Elgin in Moray is home to an important ruined cathedral. In the year 1040 MacBeth killed King Duncan near Elgin, not in his bed as falsely written by Shakespeare but in battle. MacBeth then became king. In the 12th century Elgin was made a royal burgh in the 12th century by […]

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Fortrose Cathedral

The ruined 13th century red sandstone cathedral in Fortrose on the Black Isle. The cathedral became the second Cathedral of Ross, the first being in the nearby village of Rosemarkie. ©SiP

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