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Travelling up the West Coast of Scotland 2

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A May 2008 trip to Scotland by Drever

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Quote: This is the second part of a trip I made up the West Coast of Scotland on route to the Orkney Isles

Dunvegan Castle

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Dunvegan Castle Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Dunvegan Castle has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. Architecturally it contains work of at least ten building periods. Its history, and that of the famous Clan whose Chiefs have ruled from their castled Rock are rich with drama and packed with colourful interest. Within Dunvegan's stately halls are priceless heirlooms, some of which have descended in the hands of the Chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times.Rising sheer from the almost vertical edges of the rock, the castle’s massive grey towers and hoary battlements stand forth against the sky, mountain and islet-spangled sea. On the landward side are the gardens of the castle, whose beauty and range of pl...Read More

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Dunvegan Castle
A mile north of Dunvegan Village
Isle of Skye, Scotland

Skye Museum of Island Life (The)

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Attraction | "The Skye Museum of Island Life "

Skye Museum of Island Life (The)  Photo, Scotland, United Kingdom
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The Skye Museum of Island Life opened in 1965. The township of thatched cottages represents conditions at the close of the nineteenth century. Within their walls, by the light of the peat fire, crofters kept alive the songs and stories which have made the Hebrides famous. Warm, sturdy and made from local materials these houses suited the landscape and the climate. Whitewashed walls kept the house bright and clean. Hessian lining the ceiling helped keep it warm.In the main room in the croft house the family cooked on the open-hearth peat fire using a heavy three three-legged cast iron pot hung over the flame suspended from the ‘swee’. The shelves of the dresser offered both storage and a disp...Read More

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Skye Museum of Island Life (The)
Kilmuir
Scotland
+44 (0)1470 552206

Kilmuir Graveyard

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Attraction | "At the Grave of Flora MacDonald"

Kilmuir Graveyard Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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An imposing Celtic cross, the memorial to Flora MacDonald who died on 4th March 1790, dominates the cemetery in Kilmuir, Skye. Perhaps appropriately sited behind the Museum of Island Life. Born in South Uist in 1722 she suffered the early death of her father and her mother remarrying - this time to a Hugh MacDonald of Armadale. The chief of her clan, the MacDonalds of Clanranald, brought Flora up.In June 1746, at the age of 24, she was living on the island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides when Bonnie Prince Charlie took refuge there after the Battle of Culloden. For two months he flitted from hiding place to hiding place in the island.Flora did not seem a likely person ...Read More

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Kilmuir Graveyard
Tip of Trotternish Peninsula
Isle of Sky, Highland Scotland

Town of Ullapool

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Ullapool Photo, Ullapool, Scotland
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Approaching by car from the south-east we rounded a corner, and Ullapool on the far side of Loch Broom gleamed whitely in the bright sunshine. Designed and built in 1788 by Thomas Telford for the British Fisheries Society the town benefits from a planned layout. The aim was to exploit a boom in herring fishing at the time by opening up this area of sea and coast to the industry. Today Ullapool remains home to several fishing boats.As a base for exploring the north-west of Scotland, Ullapool is ideal. It is within reasonable reach of most parts of the region and has accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets, including a campsite. Ullapool offers some nice pubs, including the Ferry Boat In...Read More

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Ullapool Museum

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Ullapool Museum Photo, Ullapool, Scotland
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The multiaward winning Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre sits within a former church in West Argyle Street. Built in 1829 the church formed part of a parliamentary initiative to provide places of worship throughout the Highlands. It still retains its furnishings.Display areas include natural history, social history, emigration, fishing, boat building, religion and education. The displays present the history of the area by information boards, artefacts and interactive displays.From the information provided, Mesolithic nomadic people came here 10,000 years ago and 6000 years ago Neolithic farmers began to arrive. Around 4000 years ago Celtic tribes arrived and organised into clans -...Read More

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Ullapool Museum
7 Argyle Street
Scotland
+44 01854 612 987