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Scotland

This journal will have my entries from our travels around Scotland.

Day 2

United Kingdom Inverness, United Kingdom  |  Jul 24, 2009
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Urquhart Castle was our first stop on our second day.  This castle lays in ruins at the deepest part of Loch Ness.  We drove around Loch Ness for most of the second day where Colin told us these facts about Loch Ness. 

•3/4 miles wide, 939 feet deep at deepest point (deeper than the North Sea), 210 million cubic feet of water •If drained, all the water in the U.K. would not be able to fill it up again •Consistently around 5-6°C •7 rivers and 100 streams flow into Loch Ness •Giant eels, trout, artic char live In the loch •Freshwater

We stopped at the Clansman Hotel for some coffee and a fantastic view of the loch. We also learned here about Nessie. In 565 A.D. Saint Columba (Irish) was in Scotland spreading the gospel. He set up camp on Loch Ness, and one day one of his boats got loose, so his servant went out to get it and saw a huge neck come out of the water. Columba blessed it, and it was never seen again. In 1925, a road is built around the loch, and so more sightings occur of the “monster of the loch”. At the Clansman Hotel we also shopped at a wonderful souvenir shop.Colin also told us here that we had to try three things while in Scotland. Colin’s Three Things to Try While in Scotland 1. Whisky—“the water of life” Single malt= at least 8 years old Blended malt= only 3 years old 2. Irnbru- National soft drink, top secret recipe 39% of daily sugar intake 3. Haggis- Originates in the highlands, traditionally served with potatoes and turnips (neeps and tatties) We tried number two Irn Bru here. It was very sugary and tastes something like Big Red soda.

Culloden Battlefield

Our next stop was at the Culloden Battlefield where Colin told us the story of the Jacobite rebellion. In1746, the final Jacobite rebellion occurred at the Battle of Culloden on April 15. In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie (Italian grandson of King James II) arrived in September. He came with 7 soldiers instead of the 2,000 he promised to bring. After one month, 1000 men have pledged their loyalty to him. In late September, he took control of Edinburgh Castle. Bonnie Prince Charles was only 24 at the time, and had never fought before. His men march to Derby by December on their way to London. They receive a message that there are 15,000 government soldiers waiting for them in London (in fact, they were only 6,000 soldiers). They decide to turn around and lure them into Scotland where they know the terrain better. The battle takes place north of Inverness. The government army is lead by the Duke of Cumberland (“the Butcher”) and is based out of Fort George (10 miles from Culloden). On April 15, 1746, 9000 government soldiers are going to face 5000 Jacobites. The Jacobites try a night ambush, but that does not work. On April 16the Jacobites lose the battle in less than an hour. Bonnie Prince Charles runs away on his horse never to return to England again. The Duke of Cumberland (General George Augustus) is nicknamed the “Butcher” because of his order to kill anyone remaining alive in the field by pummeling them. The importance of this battle is that it signified the end of the “Scottish highlands.” After this battle, the language and culture began to die out, and many people moved from the highlands and the language and customs were banned. All highland weapons were banned as well as the wearing of tartans, speaking Gallic and playing bagpipes. The clan system was disbanded, and people were moved off their land by government workers (many moved to Nova Scotia, Canada and the Carolinas). This was known as the “highland clearances”.  Next we stopped at Clava Cairns.  Here we saw 4000 year old cairns used in pagan burial ceremonies.  We then went to Glen Ord Distillery.  We stopped here for "uisge beatha" or the water of life. We followed the creation of whisky from the raw ingredients to the finished product which we sampled.  Our overnight stop was in Inverness.  We all went out to dinner and then to Hootenanny’s where we heard some traditional Scottish Music. 

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