historical Scotland

Carnassarie Castle 

Dating from the mid 16th Century the ruined remains of Carnassarie Castle lie to the north of Kilmartin in Argyll and Bute. Built by John Carswell, it passed to the Campbells of Auchinbreck in 1572 and was finally destroyed in 1685 when its owner, Sir Douglas Campbell, joined forces with the Earl of Argyll in the Monmouth Rising and the Royalist forces of MacLaine of Torloisk blew up the castle. It is now under the guardianship of Historic Scotland but from what I can gather is free admission 


(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbqN76XU6F4)

Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland by Joe Daniel Price
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Findlater Castle by walter Evans
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Findlater Castle sits in a romantic position on a 50-foot-high cliff overlooking the Moray Firth on the coast of Banff and Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It lies about 15 km west of Banff, near the village of Sandend, between Cullen and Portsoy

There has been some form of fortification on the site since at least the 13th century, but the remaining buildings probably date from the late 14th century when the castle was owned by the Sinclairs, or possibly from the mid 15th century when it passed to the Ogilvies.

In 1546 Sir Alexander Ogilvie disinherited his son and signed the property over to Sir John Gordon, son of the Earl of Huntly. James Ogilvie, the disinherited son, was keen to get his lands back and used his influence as Steward to Queen Mary’s household to try and settle the matter. When, in 1562, Sir John Gordon refused to surrender the castle and grant entrance to Mary, Queen of Scots, she sent a company of troops to seize it. They were defeated by Sir John Gordon, but he in turn was defeated at the Battle of Corrichie, and taken to Aberdeen where he was beheaded. The castle was returned to the Ogilvies, but they abandoned it soon after 1600 when they moved to the relative  comfort of Cullen House in the 17th century.


Day 8 - 8/7/15 - Gretna Green > Edinburgh

(Part 2)

Through more picturesque countryside we drove until reaching the Scottish border once more! This time however, by the side of the road there were big stone with the country written on either side, as well as historical placards, a food stand, and a man in a kilt with bagpipes sitting in his car because it was cold and wet, so we were content with merely a CD of bagpipes playing. I must admit however, that now it felt like we were in Scotland. After admiring the view of the two countries (!) and feeding the pony by the side of the road, we moved on, myself listening to the ‘Scottish’ playlist on my phone. (Dead Man Fall’s ‘Bang Your Drum’ is one of my favourite songs at the moment, but as fantastic as it is in its own right, it is also simultaneously tragic as every time I hear it I now associate it with Craig Ferguson’s finale…)

Following the brown ‘tourist attraction’ signs, we drove past Ferniehirst Castle, which, to quote Mum, “Meh”. It was more impressive than that but in the last couple of days we had indeed seen much buildings far more grand (a word I use sparingly - because of how ‘phony’ Holden Caulfield always thought it sounded…). Our next stop then, was Jedburgh Abbey which was truly spectacular. We spent a couple of hours there because we had audio guides this time, so it took us considerably longer to walk around the magnificent ruins as we learnt all about the Augustinian monks, the Roman Vs Gothic architecture and how this was the first abbey of this order that inspired many others to come (including Dundrennan which we had visited the day before). Leaving there because of a need to keep driving, we began inching ever closer to Edinburgh when Mum saw a sign for berry picking and that became our next stop. While I find it a process of unnecessary labour, wandering up and down rows of raspberries (and a few strawberries and blackcurrants) - Mum and Jared were in their element! Eventually, after eating the freshly picked raspberries for the rest of the drive, we reached Edinburgh. Our magnificent sea-view apartment was soon explored, but before settling down for the night as we desperately wanted to - we decided to look for dinner. Walking along the sea front at about 7:30pm the sun still shining proudly (it is still so strange!) - we had dinner at ‘Brewers Fayre” before doing some shopping at Asda. They had a Mary Berry cookbook for 8 pounds! I might have disregarded luggage weight limits and made a purchase… We got to watch the sun begin to set over the water on our walk back to the apartment at around 10pm, and as I wrote a brief diary entry for the night while gazing at the view from the window - the brightness of the sky at that time just remains astonishing.

Late night inspiration…. flicking through the pages of our first book, reflecting on the stunning image of @stewbryden taken by @jawnphoto at Glencoe, the day after the Referendum. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy a copy of this historic document from @thegentry_store:



#book #legacy #historic #document #hardback #celebration #creativity #community #Glencoe #scottish #scotland #ScotStreetStyle
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Day 13 - 13/7/15 - Glasgow

We’re in Glasgow! *Now imagine “Glasgow” being said by Michelle Gomez in the Dr Who episode “Death in Heaven” - because that is how I was screaming it internally all day*….

It was a late morning, we left the hotel at 10:30, leaving Glasgow proper and driving the 45 minutes or so to Stirling to see the castle. There was no Greatness to our Lateness (cue Kayla chuckling from her own ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Reference…[this reference also gives an indication, that will be evident later, as to how late I am writing this entry…] ), since upon reaching the top of the hill for the carpark - we found it full. We then had to drive to the next parking lot, which was so close we had to take a bus all the way up again, under the ominously grey sky. As we entered this impressive castle (impressive in a similar sense to Edinburgh Castle because of the imposing rocky acropolis it was built on) we soon saw signs for a guided tour that would be commencing shortly, and decided to join that. Soon enough, our guide appeared in fabulously green tartan pants and hat, and in the most delightful Scottish accent began telling us the story of how this castle is the most important in all of Scotland. He pointed out the monument to William Wallace across the horizon, which houses Wallace’s original sword, and then proceeded to show us how the vantage point on this hill was so valuable in viewing incoming armies that whoever held the castle, held power. It was the family home of choice for James 4 & 5 and was where a baby Mary, Queen of Scots was raised. He showed us carvings depicting Mary Tudor and Edward, explaining how it was their political union which later down the line when Elizabeth left no heir, meant that James VI of Scotland then became James I of England - thus the United Kingdom.

We wandered through the newly restored Great Hall where Mary spent massive amounts of money to put on a banquet for Prince James’ baptism. After sitting in the (replica) thrones our tour ended and we explored the living quarters, chapel and a brief look through Argyll’s lodging. Again ending up at the gift shop, I lined up for a postcard behind a Canadian whose many items led to the cashier being very chatty - but rather than being frustrated I had the joy of listening to this woman who sounded exactly like Michelle Gomez. The others weren’t so patient and so I was rushed off to buy my postcard at the next gift shop.

After waiting briefly in the rain to catch our bus back to the car, we then drove off for a quick lunch, finding muddy cars and teenagers everywhere (which we later found out came from the apparently nearby ’T in the Park’). After lunch, we finally made our way into the heart of Glasgow, with the appropriate song “Super Trouper” as accompaniment. With the cathedral as our first stop, we parked nearby, right next to the potentially more magnificent Glasgow Necropolis. After admiring its grandeur from the road we decided to do the cathedral first and then come back. So into the cathedral we went and Wow. The architecture, like everywhere else in this country, was stunning -but it was the stained glass windows in here that stole the show. Absolutely beautiful. We wandered through the building and down into the tombs for a while before venturing back out into the rain. On the opposite side of the road we found a blue police box which we took some pictures of before heading back towards the necropolis. But the universe had other plans. It had literally only just gone 4:30, but the gates had been locked by the time we got there. Devastated, we looked all around for the entrance that a dog walker had seemed to just use in front of us, but we were stumped.

Continuing on into the centre of town, we parked right by the big public square lined by the Town Hall and a central obelisk - from where we began an exploration of the streets and did some shopping. We found another ‘geek shop’ (where again my restraint amazes me, as I refrained fro purchasing everything in front of me) and Jared found an American lolly shop to keep him going. We somehow ended up in a park that lead us to the River Clyde and we admired the city’s skyline, dotted with steeples and turrets of various forms from there for a while. Another anti-climactic ending follows, as we then head back to the hotel and had dinner as we packed our bags as tightly as possible before tomorrow’s plane trip.

VOYAGER (Diana Gabaldon) book review

I 100% loved Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I really liked Dragonfly in Amber, although I did find it to be very slow paced for the majority of the book.

I loved Voyager! This book was far better than Dragonfly in Amber in my opinion. I loved the alternating perspectives and time periods at the beginning. I loved going back to Scotland and seeing all of my favourite characters. There were so many crazy twists and turns throughout the whole book, and I’m so glad I randomly decided to jump back into the series and read that 1059 page monstrosity. 

Amazing read with adventure, romance, historical references, Scotland, and pretty much everything imaginable. 

*4.5 stars*