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Browsing Posts published in June, 2009

Today, I am posting a video clip of Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland. This a very well preserved 13th century castle associated with the Comyn family who at one time controlled vast tracts of Scotland. This castle ranks as one of Scotland’s earliest stone castle and is designed, is in the form of a square courtyard with round towers at the corners.
Well worth a visit.

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This evening, I am posting information on a type of settlement known as a broch which dates from about year zero AD.This type of building is unique to Scotland and mainly comprises dry-stone built towers 10 metres (33ft) or more high and up to 25 metres (82 ft) in diameter. The walls are thick at the bottom tapering inwards towards the top and are usually built with a double skin to allow stairways between the two walls. This feature may be an early form of insulation.

It is likely that brochs had several internal floor levels built with wood and were roofed over.

These were high status buildings with many examples found near the coast, possibly because at that time rivers and the sea were the chief means of communication (boat).

The example in the video is located on the Isle of Skye. Some of the most elaborate examples of brochs can be found on the Orkney and Shetland islands.

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Today, I am posting a video and images taken during a tour/visit to this historic castle which has played a pivotal role in Scotland’s history.

The castle is located on a conveniently situated volcanic plug which affords a superb defensive position for guarding access to the Central Highlands of Scotland.

First records of a castle on the site date from the 12th century. During subsequent centuries the castle suffered sixteen major sieges and oscillated between Scottish and English control.

Two major battles occurred in the vicinity of Stirling Castle:

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