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This morning our tour group departed the hotel about 09.00am and embarked on a tour of Skye taking in the following places and sites:

  • First stop Portree, capital of Skye. Here we visited the colourful harbour, strolled around the shops and availed of some coffee.

Portree Harbour

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This evening, my theme is the Picts. These people were indigenous to Scotland and dominated the country before arrival of the Scots from Ireland around the 5th century AD.

The Picts have left a legacy of elaborate stone carvings and place names but other than these records we little about these people with whom the Romans came in contact in the 3rd century AD and named them Pictii or painted men (from which we get the modern word ‘picture’. Place names today beginning Pet or Pit usually signifies an early Pictish settlement, e.g. Pittenweem, Pitlochry, Pitcairn, Pitmedden and Pitnacree. If the Picts had  a written language then, sadly, they left no record of it. The Picts may well have understood and used Latin.

Stone carvings are the most tangible record left by the Picts. These are of some size with carvings represting Every day items such as anvils, cauldrons, hammers, mirrors and combs with another category comprising abstract symbols utilising arches, crescents,discs, flowers, knots, rectangles and circles.

Below can be found a selection of Pictish carved stones from the museum at Meigle which is dedicated to these items.

Pictish stone at Meigle

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Today, our main focus was the key sites in and around Glasgow.

After first attending to flight confirmations for following day we proceeded as follows:

  • To Pollock Park to view and photograph a small herd of Highland Cattle which are very placid and photogenic animals.

Highland Cows

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