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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Scotland

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By Michael Herrick, August 24, 2018
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1United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh — Spire of this Church
The Spire of this Church Was Destroyed by the Great Fire November MDCCCXXIV and Rebuilt A.D.   MDCCCXXVIII The Right Honble. Walter Brown Lord Provost — Map (db m127062) HM
2United Kingdom, Scotland, St Andrews — The Many Faces of St Andrews Castle
Home to the most senior bishops and archbishops in Scotland, the castle was razed and rebuilt several times over. The Castle in the 1520s Archbishop James Beaton built the substantial circular gun towers or block houses in an . . . — Map (db m88932) HM
3United Kingdom, Scotland, Stenness — Maes Howe
Maes Howe has been inscribed upon the World Heritage List of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Inscription on this List confirms the exceptional universal value of a cultural or natural site which . . . — Map (db m76868) HM
4United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Aberdeen — The Scottish Parliament
Presented by The Rt Hon Sir David Steel KBE MSP Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament to The City of Aberdeen To commemorate the occasion of the Scottish Parliament sitting in Aberdeen during the period Tuesday 28 to Thursday . . . — Map (db m34056) HM
5United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Boddam — A Tribute
A Tribute From The People of Boddam To the Men and Women Who Served at Royal Air Force Buchan 1952 — 2003 Boddam Community Association 2009 — Map (db m128019) WM
6United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Inverurie — Battle of Harlaw Monument
( inscribed around the top of the tower ) To the Memory of Provost Robert Davidson & The Burgesses of Aberdeen Who Fell Here AD.1411 Harlaw July 24 A.D.1411 Erected by the Burgh of Aberdeen A.D.1911 Adam Maitland Lord . . . — Map (db m128264) HM WM
7United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Inverurie — Inverurie War Memorial
In Proud and Grateful Memory Of the Men of Inverurie and District Who Gave Their Lives In the Great War 1914 — 1918 “At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.” . . . — Map (db m128262) HM
8United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Inverurie — The Gordon Highlander
This striking building at the West End of High Street, first opened its doors, in 1934, as the Victoria cinema, closing more than sixty years later, in 1998. These premises are now named after the Gordon Highlander, the only surviving example of . . . — Map (db m128235) HM
9United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Kemnay — James Mitchell · Carrier
In Memory Of James Mitchell · Carrier 1773   1857 All Ye Who Thirst · Come Drink From This Flow of Pure Water Which Springs at Dalfling in The Shadow of Benachie — Map (db m128269) HM
10United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Kemnay — Kemnay War Memorial
In Proud and Grateful Memory of The sons and Daughters of Kemnay Who Laid Down Their Lives For Freedom in the Great War. Pte. David S. Abel · Pte. John Anderson · Pte. Douglas Auld · Pte. James D. Bannerman · Pte. John P.B. Berry · Pte. . . . — Map (db m128268) WM
11United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Maud, Peterhead — Fedderate Castle
Fedderate Castle From A.D. 1370 to 1573 the home of the Craufurds of Fedderate, ancestors of the Swedish Family of Crafoord A castle seems to have been on this site since AD 1200. The ruins are from a castle built ab. 1475. It was described as a . . . — Map (db m122811) HM
12United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Methlick — Methlick War Memorial
Erected In Grateful Remembrance Of The Men Connected With This District Who Fell in the Great War 1914 – 1919. Gordon Hrs. Captn. George A.G. Moir · Sergt. George Gray · Sergt. Alex. G. Leask · Cpl. Herbert W. Burr · Cpl. Alex. G. . . . — Map (db m128026) WM
13United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), New Deer — New Deer War Memorial
To The Glory Of God And In Proud And Grateful Memory Of The Men From The Parish Of New Deer Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In The Wars 1914 – 1919 and 1939 – 1945 Sergeant A. Davidson     Gordons · Sergeant R. . . . — Map (db m128025) WM
14United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Peterhead — Peterhead World War I Memorial
Unveiled 6th August 1922 And Handed Over to the Custody of The Provost Magistrates & Councillors Of the Burgh of Peterhead To the Glory of God And In Honour Of The Men OF This Town Who Gave Their Lives For Freedom in the Great War . . . — Map (db m128020) WM
15United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Peterhead — Peterhead World War II Memorial
1939   1945 They Were Honored In Their Generations And Were The Glory Of Their Times — Map (db m128023) WM
16United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Peterhead — Unmarked Graves
Their Name Liveth For Evermore. On these panels are commemorated those members of His Majesty’s Forces who gave their lives for their country in the Great War Whose graves are in this churchyard but are not marked by separate headstones A Sailor . . . — Map (db m128024) WM
17United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Sauchen — Castle Fraser
About Castle Fraser In the early 1600s, Andrew Fraser of Muchall transformed the home of his ancestors into a magnificent symbol of wealth, status and European culture. Castle Fraser's great entrance court, soaring towers and heraldic carvings . . . — Map (db m128340) HM
18United Kingdom, Scotland (Aberdeenshire), Sauchen — Walled Garden — Castle Fraser —
Welcome to Castle Fraser Walled Garden Castle Fraser's gardens were originally much closer to the castle, as was typical in 17th century Scotland. In 1794, the lady laird, Miss Elyza Fraser commissioned Thomas White to draw up a plan to . . . — Map (db m128341) HM
19United Kingdom, Scotland (Angus), Arbroath — David Dunbar BuickSeptember 17 1854 – March 5 1929
American motoring pioneer & founder of the Buick motor company of America. David Dunbar Buick was born at No. 26 Green Street, Arbroath, which lay approx 90 metres north of this, the only remaining building to show the line of the original . . . — Map (db m34452) HM
20United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Connel — Falls of Lora
Falls of Lora At certain states of the tide you will see spectacular overfalls with a water level drop of up to 1.2m and a lot of white water in front of you. The Falls of Lora form at the shallow narrows where Loch Etive in the east meets the open . . . — Map (db m127537) HM
21United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Dunbeg — A Hidden Haven
Cala air Falach A Hidden Haven The castle and its peninsula still shelter Dunstaffnage Bay from the worst of the westerly winds. They also hid moored vessels from the view of potential attackers. Tides of Fortune For several . . . — Map (db m127407) HM
22United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Dunbeg — A Towering Outlook
Sealladh Àrd A Towering Outlook The superb strategic location of the castle within a network of coastal strongholds, gave it panoramic views in all directions. No vessel — or marching army — could approach Dunstaffnage without . . . — Map (db m127411) HM
23United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Dunbeg — Behind the Walls
Air cùl Bhallachan Behind the Walls You can see how these high walls and the single entrance made the castle safe. Its life as a private residence lasted until 1888, when most of its buildings were in ruins. Changing Times, Changing . . . — Map (db m127409) HM
24United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Dunbeg — Core of the Castle
Cridhe a’ Chasteil Core of the Castle This courtyard was the heart of a busy, well-defended community. At one time, there was a drawbridge to stop uninvited visitors from getting in. A Safe Shelter The castle in the early . . . — Map (db m127406) HM
25United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Dunbeg — Dunstaffnage Castle
Fàilte do Chaisteal Dhùn Staidhinis Welcome to Dunstaffnage Castle Duncan MacDougall built this fortress as a statement of his status as Lord of Lorn. It is one of Scotland's oldest stone castles and guards the approaches to Loch Etive. . . . — Map (db m127402) HM
26United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Dunbeg — Justice and Joviality
Ceartas is Cuirmean Justice and Joviality The great hall occupied the whole floor above you. It was the hub of the castle, where the Lord of Lorn sat in banquets in the evening. Gone is the Grandeur The great hall was part of . . . — Map (db m127405) HM
27United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Dunbeg — Watching, Waiting and Warning
Air Faire Watching, Waiting and Warning Soldiers on the wall walk scanned sea and land for enemy attacks and alerted their officers in the guard room above you. Firing Through Fishtails When the castle was built, arrow slits . . . — Map (db m127412) HM
28United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Oban — Homecoming Scotland
Tilleadh Guiseppe Alba, 2009 Chuir Comhairle Earra-Ghàidheal agus Bhòid agus muinntir an Obain Fàilte air a h-uile duine a thàinig dhachaigh Samuel bhliadhna shònraichte seo. Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail, an t-Òban 2009 Creathall . . . — Map (db m127368) HM
29United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Oban — McCaig’s Tower
Erected in 1900 by John Stuart McCaig Art Critic and Philosophical Essayist and Banker, Oban — Map (db m122552) HM
30United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Oban — Robert Barbour McKelvie, M.D.
Robert Barbour McKelvie, M.D. Medical Officer to the Parishes of Lismore and Appin 1860 – 1875 Kilmore and Kilbridge 1875 – 1901 “A Man He Was To All The Country Dear” Erected by His . . . — Map (db m127365) HM
31United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Oban — Royal Visit to Oban
This Plaque Was Unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth On the Occasion of Her Visit to the Burgh of Oban 13th August — Map (db m127366) HM
32United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Oban — The Burg of Oban
Oban The Burgh of Oban Established by Charter of resignation novodamus and erection under the Great Seal -17th July 1811 Bicentenary commemoration -12th July 2011 The Princess Royal unveiled this commemorative plaque at the behest of . . . — Map (db m127367) HM
33United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyll and Bute), Oban — The Water of Life
Uisge Beatha The Water of Life Atlantic Ocean Weather Systems Play a Considerable Part In Life on Scotland’s West Coast and Bring The Water of Life to All Who Live Here It comes from the sea · It comes from the sky · It comes . . . — Map (db m127538) HM
34United Kingdom, Scotland (Ayrshire), Darvel — Battle of Loudoun HillMay 10, 1307
Through devotion and by willing hands this stone was hauled here to commemorate the first victory of King Robert the Bruce who won for us freedom from serfdom. — Map (db m87185) HM WM
35United Kingdom, Scotland (Ayrshire), Darvel — Spirit of Scotland MonumentLoudoun Hill — William Wallace- 1297 & Robert the Bruce- 1307 —
Spirit of Scotland Erected in 2004 by Irvine Valley Regeneration Partnership to commemorate the two battles fought at Loudoun Hill during the Wars of Independence William Wallace - 1297 Robert the Bruce - 1307 . . . — Map (db m85664) HM
36United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Corsback — Dunnet War Memorial
Sacred to the Memory of The Men of Dunnet, Who Fell in the Great War 1914 — 1919. Army Sgt. Don. MacLeod, Seaforths · Sgt. Robt. Simpson, Amer. F.A. · L/Cl. Don. Manson, Seaforths · L/Cl. Wm. Robertson, Seaforths · Pte. Don. Banks, . . . — Map (db m127612) WM
37United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), John o' Groats — Duncansby Head Lighthouse
The lighthouse here at Duncansby Head is one of over 200 that are located around Scotland’s wild coastline. Operated and maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board they warn ships of dangerous waters and provide safe passage. Standing only . . . — Map (db m122846) HM
38United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), John o'Groats — Warth Hill Viewpoint
Warth Hill Viewpoint Warth Hill Viewpoint For 5000 years people have settled in the land stretching before you, leaving signs of their burials in the chamibered cairns found on the island of Stroma and on the summit of Warth Hill that rises . . . — Map (db m127567) HM
39United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Keiss — Keiss Quoad Sacra Parish War Memorial
Keiss Quoad Sacra Parish To the Memory of The Fallen In the Great War 1914 – 1919 Pte. Alexander Bain Sea.H. April 18, 1918. · Pte William Budge Can. I. Oct. 31, 1918 · Cpl. Donald Budge S.Gds. March 27, 1918. · Sea. William S. Bremner . . . — Map (db m127544) WM
40United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Lybster — Lybster and Swiney War Memorial
To The Glory Of God Jutland · Marne · Mons · Ypres · Loos · Zeebruge · Paschendale · Beaumont Hamel · Ostend · Festubert · Vimy · Neuve Chapelle · Somme · Cambrai · Peronne Erected to The Memory of The Men of Lybster and Swiney Who . . . — Map (db m127539) WM
41United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Lybster — Patrick Sinclair
To Commemorate The Founder of this Village and Harbour Lieutenant-General Patrick Sinclair of Lybster 1735-1820 He served in North America 1759 -1784 with the Black Watch and the 15th Regiment of Foot against the French and Indians . . . — Map (db m127540) HM WM
42United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Mey — Royal Visit - Castle of Mey
This Bench Has Been Placed Here in Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother By Her Majesty’s Friends Trustees and Employees At Mey Queen Elizabeth Loved This Castle Which She Saved From Ruin in 1952, Spending Many . . . — Map (db m127610) HM
43United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Mey — The Castle & Gardens of Mey
Repair and Conservation works to Castle of Mey: Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust The Castle of Mey was the property of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996, when Her Majesty generously gifted it with an endowment to the Queen . . . — Map (db m127609) HM
44United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Nybster — Nybster Broch
Brochs: Beacons of Belonging You are standing in one of the most important archaeological landscapes in Britain. Scan the horizon. You are surrounded by history: old harbours, houses and burials. As you move around the coastline you will . . . — Map (db m127566) HM
45United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Reay — Reay War Memorial
To the Glory of God And in Proud and Loving Memory of The Men of Reay Who Fell in The Great War 1914 — 1919. Lieut. John S. Bain   Canadian Royal Hdrs. · C.S.M. Thomas Dundas D.C.M.   7th Seaforth Hdrs. · Sergt. John cormack   . . . — Map (db m127825) HM
46United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Scrabster — Scrabster Harbour
Highlands & Islands of Scotland Scrabster Harbour Skarabolstathar Caithness and Orkney were settled by the Norse and Skarabolstathar — ‘the homestead at the cliff edge' — is mentioned in the Orkneyinga Saga as a stronghold in . . . — Map (db m127662) HM
47United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Thurso — Sir George Sinclair
Sir George Sinclair Baronet of Ulbster Formerly M.P. for Caithness Born 29th August 1790 Died 9th October 1868 This fountain was erected in 1894 by his only surviving son, (who while he lives will think of him every day) in grateful and . . . — Map (db m127823) HM
48United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Thurso — Sir John Sinclair
The Rt Hon John Sinclair of Ulbster, Baronet Born 10th May 1754 Died 21st Dec 1835 Formerly MP for Caithness ( parts of the inscription are unreadable due to weathering ) ( side ) The American ambassador wrote in . . . — Map (db m127822) HM
49United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Thurso — Thurso War Memorial
This Memorial Is Dedicated To Those From The Parish Of Thurso, Who, In the War of 1914 — 1919 Laid Down Their Lives For God and Country and the Cause of Freedom We Thank Our God Upon Every Remembrance Of Them Alexander . . . — Map (db m127665) WM
50United Kingdom, Scotland (Caithness), Wick — Wick War Memorial
In Honour of All Those Who Suffered And in Proud and Grateful Remembrance of the Fallen Sons of the Burgh of Wick Who Died for Home and Freedom In the Great War, 1914 — 1919 Also In Honoured and Grateful Remembrance of All . . . — Map (db m127542) WM
51United Kingdom, Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway), New Abbey — Sweetheart Abbey"The last Cistercian abbey established on Scottish soil"
Sweetheart was established by Devorgilla, Lady of Galloway, in 1273, in memory of her husband John Balliol, father of King John of Scotland and founder of Balliol College, Oxford. Monks of the Cistercian Order came from nearby Dundrennan . . . — Map (db m91700) HM
52United Kingdom, Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway), Portpatrick — Z4
In grateful appreciation for their rescue and recovery of the 301 TCS aircrew and their passengers, we thank the local community and all those who have memorialized our fallen brothers Dedicated 5 June 2007 By the 301st Aircraft Squadron Travis . . . — Map (db m34061) HM
53United Kingdom, Scotland (Dumfrieshire), Dumfries — Robert BurnsBurns' Mausoleum
Robert Burns 25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796 Robert Burns is widely regarded as Scotland's national poet. He was born of a farmer in Alloway, Ayrshire. He received little regular schooling and was educated mostly by his father and a . . . — Map (db m86667) HM
54United Kingdom, Scotland, Dundee — Flight of Captain Bennett
Commemoration of the 1938 Flight of Captain Bennett from the Tay Estuary to South West Africa The world record long distance flight by a seaplane was achieved by the aircraft ‘Mercury’ the upper component of the Short Mayo Composite that took off . . . — Map (db m128342) HM
55United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh — Royal Palace
Royal Palace The Residence Of The Stewart Kings And Queens In The 15th & 16th Centuries. The Birthplace Of King James VI In 1566 And The Home Of The Scottish Crown Jewels — Map (db m127003) HM
56United Kingdom, Scotland (Falkirk), Blackness in Falkirk — Blackness Castle"Harbour, Castle, and Prison"
Blackness Castle was built in the 15th century beside the harbour serving the important royal burgh of Linlithgow. It was used as a state prison until the 1707 Treaty of Union, holding for the most part of high or middle rank. The best known . . . — Map (db m88487) HM
57United Kingdom, Scotland (Falkirk), Wallacestone — Wallacestone MemorialSir William Wallace
. . . — Map (db m85738) HM
58United Kingdom, Scotland (Fife), Anstruther — The "Battle" of May Island
On the night of January 31st 1918, a disaster took place just a few miles off Anstruther when the British Grand Fleet left Rosyth for exercises in the North Sea. With wartime news restrictions in force, few if any people onshore were aware of . . . — Map (db m88928) HM
59United Kingdom, Scotland (Fife), Dunfermline — Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
Andrew Carnegie, millionaire and philanthropist, was born in this cottage on the 25th November 1835. — Map (db m85793) HM
60United Kingdom, Scotland (Fife), Dunfermline — Grave of the Mother of Sir William Wallace1303 A.D.
There is a tradition that the Mother of Sir William Wallace is buried at this spot marked by a Thorn Tree. This was the former site of the Abbey's weeping cross. — Map (db m85798) HM
61United Kingdom, Scotland (Fife), St Andrews — A Religious PowerhouseSt Andrews Cathedral
St Andrews Cathedral's chapter house was a magnificent building - a splendid place from which to run the cathedral. A Busy Place The canons met here daily to read a chapter of the rule by which they lived, and to confess their faults . . . — Map (db m88937) HM
62United Kingdom, Scotland (Fife), St Andrews — Lofty BeginningsSt. Rule's Church
St. Rule's Church was the forerunner to the great cathedral. built under Bishop Robert (1123-1159), its enormous tall tower drew pilgrims to the shrine of St. Andrew. The Tale of St Rule According to legend, St Rule was a monk in . . . — Map (db m88940) HM
63United Kingdom, Scotland (Fife), St. Andrews — Patrick Hamilton
The initials on the pavement nearby mark thet spot where Patrick Hamilton, Member of the University, was burned at the stake on 29 February 1528, at the age of 24. On the continent he had been greatly influenced by Martin Luther, and on his . . . — Map (db m141283) HM
64United Kingdom, Scotland (Glasgow), Robroyston — Betrayed & CapturedWilliam Wallace
(Main plaque:) This memorial erected 1900 A.D. By public subscription is to mark the site of the house in which the hero of Scotland was basely betrayed and captured about midnight on 5th August 1305 when alone with his faithful friend and . . . — Map (db m85739) HM
65United Kingdom, Scotland (Glasgow), Robroyston — Wallace's Well
WALLACE'S MONUMENT The Celtic cross monument to Sir William Wallace was raised by public subscription through the efforts of the Rev David McCrea and the Scottish Patriotic Society. The monument marks the reputed site of the house in . . . — Map (db m86605) HM
66United Kingdom, Scotland (Highland Council), Drumnadrochit — John Cobb
John Cobb – World Speed Record Challenger – and – Glen Urquhart In 1952 John Cobb, who already held the World Land-Speed Record, stayed in Glen Urquhart whilst making his attempt on the World Water-Speed Record on Loch Ness. . . . — Map (db m128374) HM
67United Kingdom, Scotland (Highland Council), Drumnadrochit — John Cobb Memorial
On the waters of Loch Ness John Cobb having travelled at 206 miles per hour in an attempt to gain the World’s Water Speed Record lost his life in this bay Sept. 29th. 1952 This memorial is erected as a tribute to the memory of . . . — Map (db m127174) HM
68United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Balchraggan — Academy of Applied Science
Academy of Applied Science Academy of Applied Science Loch Ness Research Team United Kingdom Volunteer Associates Harold and Esther Edgerton · Charles Finkelstein · Martin Klein · John and Annabelle Lothrop · Howard and Ruth Curtis · Tim . . . — Map (db m127390) HM
69United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Balchraggan — One of Our Aircraft
One of Our Aircraft On the 21st Sept 1985 Wellington Bomber N2980 'R' for Robert was recovered, from a depth of 70 metres at a location 200 metres directly off shore from this point. The Wimpy was RAF Bomber Commands mainstay in the early years . . . — Map (db m127401) HM WM
70United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Balchraggan — The Magic of Loch Ness
The Magic of Loch Ness Mòralachd Loch Nis Welcome to the loch with the monster Fàilte gu loch an uile-bheist Did you know that … St Columba is said to have seen the Loch's elusive monster in the 6th century. But even recent detective . . . — Map (db m127395) HM
71United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Balchraggan — The Majesty of Loch Ness
The Majesty of Loch Ness Mòralachd Loch Nis Welcome to a monster of a loch Fàilte gu uile-bheist de locha Did you know that... Loch Ness (Nis - possibly a person's name) holds more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England? . . . — Map (db m127393) HM
72United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Culloden — Culloden Battlefield
. . . — Map (db m85783) HM WM
73United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit — Glen Urquhart War Memorial
Ladich a’ Chlinne a thuit’san arach In Affectionate and grateful Memory of the Glen Urquhart Men Who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918 Major Ian Mackay. · Cap. John Urquhart. · Cap. James Ogilvie Grant Earl of Seafield · Lt J. MacD. . . . — Map (db m127305) WM
74United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — A Castle for All Seasons
A Castle for All Seasons Urquhart was transformed many times during its long history, shaped and reshaped by its owners' changing needs and circumstances. 1. The Pictish Hill Fort The first defences could date from before St Columba's . . . — Map (db m127302) HM
75United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — A Highland Icon
A Highland Icon ‘S a bhaidealan àrda Air sgàineadh o chèil’ ‘S chan eil eachdraidh no seanchas A dh'fhàg dearbhadh o chèin Air an àl chuir an àird e No dhaingnich a stèidh Òran do Ghleann urchadain — Tòmas an Todhair . . . — Map (db m127243) HM
76United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — Caisteal Ainmeal UrchadainThe Famous Castle of Urquhart
The greatest castle of the Scottish Highlands stands before you. Within its ruined walls, you can discover stories of the remarkable people who lived here, learn more about some of the dramatic chapters in Scotland's history and share memorable . . . — Map (db m87602) HM
77United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — Destroying the Gatehouse
Destroying the Gatehouse Blocks of masonry were thrown here by an explosion in 1692 that ended the castle's long military career. Its garrison deliberately destroyed the gatehouse to prevent their Jacobite enemies from holding the medieval fortress . . . — Map (db m127246) HM
78United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — Doocot
Doocot This beehive-shaped home for pigeons was built in the 1500s torovide fresh meat and eggs during the harsh winter months. Four of its stone nesting boxes survive. John Grant was required to build a 'dove grove' under the terms of the . . . — Map (db m127296) HM
79United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — Ghosts of Urquhart’s Past
Ghosts of Urquhart’s Past Urquhart Castle is a jigsaw puzzle with most of the pieces missing. Walls have been demolished and new ones raised many times during the last 1,500 years. Timber buildings have rotted away entirely. Stone Free . . . — Map (db m127294) HM
80United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — Loch Ness and the Great Glen
Loch Ness and the Great Glen Urquhart guards the Great Glen, An Gleann Mòr in Gaelic, that runs 73 miles (117km) from coast to coast. People have sought to control this route since ancient times. The castle commands Loch Ness as well as . . . — Map (db m127304) HM
81United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Chapel
The Chapel On the rocky knoll above you are the foundations of what may have been Urquhart's chapel. The laird and his family needed somewhere private to hear Mass and receive Holy Communion from a priest. From Worship to Warfare There . . . — Map (db m127253) HM
82United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse This once mighty structure protected the weakest point in Urquhart's defences — its main entrance. Attackers had to negotiate the rock-cut ditch that was crossed by a drawbridge you can see where its pillars once fitted, . . . — Map (db m127248) HM
83United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Grant Tower
The Grant Tower This tower was built some time after King James IV gave Urquhart to John Grant of Freuchie in 1509. It was reward for supporting the monarch in his struggle against the MacDonald Lords of the Isles. The King's Gift . . . — Map (db m127258) HM
84United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Great Hall
The Great Hall Lavish banquets with music, dancing and storytelling were staged in the building before you. This was where Urquhart's lord or his constable entertained guests and showed off their wealth and status. It was also where they . . . — Map (db m127255) HM
85United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Great Kitchen
The Great Kitchen This room was alive with the sights, sounds and smells of a great medieval kitchen. It was where the culinary creations enjoyed by the 14th-century lord and his guests were concocted. The discovery of an older kitchen rubbish . . . — Map (db m127250) HM
86United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Great Raid of 1545
The Great Raid of 1545 In 1545, a MacDonald-led force stormed Urquhart. Over the next month they systematically stripped the castle and Glen Urquhart of everything of value. The loot was carried away down the Great Glen. They burned what they could . . . — Map (db m127252) HM
87United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The New Kitchen
The New Kitchen Hearty Highland meals may have been prepared here for the residents of the Grant Tower. The building was part of a small complex added to the castle when it was rebuilt in the 1500s. The old kitchen block had been demolished by . . . — Map (db m127257) HM
88United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Private Chamber
The Private Chamber The laird of Grant probably entertained close friends here on the first floor and had his bed on the second. Servants may have slept above. All In the Family The Grants were based in Strathspey, southeast of . . . — Map (db m127259) HM
89United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Service Close
The Service Close In the 1300s, you would have seen men and women making and repairing clothes, heard wood being worked into furniture and smelt ale being brewed around here. The service close was sited away from the main castle buildings and . . . — Map (db m127291) HM
90United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Stables
The Stables These walls may have echoed with the clatter of horses' hooves. Close to the gatehouse, this was the ideal spot for the castle's stables. Carrying a Heavy Load Riding horses or ‘coursours' carried nobles; pack horses or . . . — Map (db m127260) HM
91United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Trebuchet
The Trebuchet To breach the walls of a castle as mighty as Urquhart, an attacker needed siege engines. Most fearsome was the trebuchet, a type of giant catapult that could hurl massive stone balls hundreds of metres. There is no record of . . . — Map (db m127245) HM
92United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — The Water Gate
The Water Gate This gate linked Urquhart to the outside world. When roads were almost nonexistent, it was easier for people to travel along the loch by boat. Everything the castle needed came through the water gate, including exotic imports . . . — Map (db m127293) HM
93United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Drumnadrochit, Inverness — Urquhart the Defiant
Urquhart the Defiant Urquhart was held by some of the most powerful men in medieval Scotland and forged a reputation as a virtually impregnable fortress during the Wars of Independence. A New Castle This is the oldest part of the . . . — Map (db m127301) HM
94United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Invergarry — The Bridge of Oich
The Bridge of Oich The Old Bridge Is Swept Away In 1849 floods swept through the Great Glen, breaching the Caledonian Canal behind you and destroying the stone bridge over the River Oich. It took five years before its replacement, this bridge, was . . . — Map (db m127330) HM
95United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Inverness — Balnuaran of Clavaa prehistoric cemetery — Clava Cairns —
The monuments here were built between three and four thousand years ago. The oldest are a circular walled enclosure - the central 'ring cairn' and two 'passage graves.' The latest was a ring of boulders that enclosed a grave, the 'kerb . . . — Map (db m91728) HM
96United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Inverness — Chapel Yard Cemetery
Chapel Yard Cemetery Cladh Leas A’ Chaibeil The Chapel Yard Cemetery is one of three old burial grounds in Inverness city centre. The others are at Friars Street and the Old High Church. The Chapel Yard or St Mary's Cemetery was probably . . . — Map (db m127329) HM
97United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Inverness — Flora MacDonald
Flora MacDonald Fhad’s a dh’ fhàsas flùr air machair Mairidh cliù Nathaniel h-ainnir chaoimh. — — “The preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be . . . — Map (db m127373) HM
98United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Inverness — Inverness Castle
Inverness Castle Sheriff courthouse and county hall built 1834 · William Burn architect · Here stood the king’s castle in the 12th century when David 1st founded the Royal Burgh of Inverness · The early timber castle was replaced by a high stone . . . — Map (db m127369) HM
99United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Inverness — Inverness Castle Timeline
Before the first bridge was built across the Ness in the 12th century, Castle Street was the main route in and out of Inverness. In those days it was called the Doomsdale or the ‘valley of judgement’. The ‘motte’ has been home to several . . . — Map (db m127370) HM
100United Kingdom, Scotland (Inverness-shire), Inverness — The Innes
This pub was officially opened in 1860 by innkeeper Mrs Margaret Patterson. The name of the pub at this time is currently unknown. However, this pub was open for at least ten years prior to officially becoming a licensed house. This would make . . . — Map (db m127541) HM

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