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Historic Monuments & Castles

Historic Monuments & Castles

There is always the opportunity to find out about some Scottish history and culture by visiting some local historic sites such as:

BRODIE CASTLE (8 miles): Set in peaceful parkland this fine 16th century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs satisfied all day. It contains a range of fine French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain, together with an impressive collection of paintings including 17th century Dutch art, 19th century English watercolours, Scottish colourists and early 20th century works. The magnificent library also contains an impressive 6000 odd volumes www.nts.org.uk

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CAWDOR CASTLE (18 miles): Dating back to the late 14th century the castle was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor, with its ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly-tree. Later additions to the house mainly of the 17th century were all built in the Scottish vernacular style with slated roofs over walls, and crow-stepped gables of mellow local stone. This massive, severe exterior belies a more intimate interior which gives the place a surprisingly personal and friendly atmosphere, with beautiful tapestries, fine furniture and some interesting portraits www.cawdorcastle.com

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FORT GEORGE (17 miles): Near to the village of Ardersier and sitting on a promontory which juts out into the Moray Firth, Fort George was built in 1748 to garrison the King’s soldiers, with a view to keeping the Highlanders in line – for they had formed the army of Prince Charlie with the idea of putting a Stuart King back on the throne of Britain www.ukheritage.net

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CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD (22 miles): As the site of the last military battle on British Soil, the course of British, European and World history was changed here at Culloden on 16th April 1746, for it was here that the Jacobite army fought to reclaim the throne of Britain from the Hanoverians for a Stuart King. The British army were equally as determined to stop this from happening. Families were divided, clans set against each other as this ferocious European war came to Scotland, with a battle that was bloody and the consequences of which were long lasting www.nts.org.uk