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May 17, 2012 - Croy

It’s rained all day & as there was nothing important I really wanted to see, I took the day off. I caught up on some paperwork, did some ironing & stuff like that this morning then went for a short drive to Nairn. It’s only 5 miles down the road & I hadn’t been there so thought I should see it before I left. It’s a well-known Victorian sea-side resort & typically looked rather dismal on a cold, rainy day. The other reason I wanted to go to Nairn was because that’s where the Duke of Cumberland’s army spent the night before the battle of...

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May 16, 2012 - Balmoral

We’re still stuck in the same weather pattern of showers mixed with sunny spells so it looked like a reasonable day to head south, over the Cairngorm mountains to Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s summer holiday house. The drive took about 1½ hours mostly through the Cairngorms National Park which is mountains but not forest as I expected. It’s mostly open grasslands & perhaps heather in the summer. I don’t know. I’ve never been here in the summer so I don’t know what heather looks like. It was snowing lightly & my car said it was 1C when I went...

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May 15, 2012 - The Great Glen

If you look at a map of Scotland, there’s a diagonal line across the middle going south-west from Inverness. This is the Great Glen which is a line of lochs but it’s also the edge of 2 Tectonic plates so is one of the most active earthquake areas in the UK. There have been over 60 earthquakes recorded in the last 200 years, so not a lot & most of them have been tiny. The north-east part of the Great Glen is Loch Ness which is by far the largest body of fresh water in Britain. Loch Lomond has a larger surface area but Loch Ness is extremely...

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May 14, 2012 - Culloden & Fort George

A busy but satisfying day after yesterday’s frustrations with the weather. I decided that rain or shine, I would go to Culloden battlefield today & I got some of both. This was one of the main reasons for me to come to this part of Scotland & it didn’t disappoint. The new Visitor Centre which was opened in 2005 is fantastic. There’s zig-zag corridors which take you through the lead up to the battle, the night before the battle, then a 360º battle emersion theatre. After that, you get an audio guide & go out onto the battlefield itself. The...

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May 13, 2012 - Elgin

A bit of a mixed up day & I really didn’t do anything I’d planned. First of all the day started out with a lovely surprise phone call from my daughter Lee in Ballarat, wishing me a happy Mothers’ Day. It comes in April over here so I had no idea it was Mother’s Day in Australia (& the US). We had a nice long chat – she said she was using a phone-card so I hope it didn’t cost her a fortune. We were both expecting it to run out but it never did. This part of Scotland hasn’t had the torrential rain forecast for Skye but it was very windy this...

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May 12, 2012 - Broadford to Croy

What a difference! I’m in a lovely, new 2 bedroom apartment so plenty of room to float around. I really felt welcome when Freddie met me with a bottle of wine & some shortbreads. I’m drinking the last of my half-price French champagne but I found Hardy’s Crest half-price at Tesco this afternoon so now I have enough for the rest of the trip. Last year in London I bought some Hardy’s Crest, also at half-price but had a terrible time getting the corks out on every bottle. I hope this is a different batch because last year I had to resort to...

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