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Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on a very distinct, miniature landscape of the Isle of Skye, west of Scotland. This comprises a small glen (valley) which in turn features strange conical hills, caves, a small loch and rock formations.The latter includes Castle Ewen, allegedly a fairy castle. Careful viewing of the images above and below will reveal the conical hills. As an alternative to construction by the fairies, there is a theory that wind action may have moulded the small hills into their present shape.

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Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the elusive Loch Ness Monster and its watery habitat which attracts many thousands of visitors each year whose spending underpins the local economy.  In modern times the ‘monster’ gained credibility as a function of the famous 1934 ‘surgeon’s photograph’ which was subsequently proved to have been faked ( a child’s toy).  To the best of my knowledge and belief no authentic and verifiable photographs or film of the monster have ever been taken which leaves the famous 1934 image as possibly the greatest PR stunt of all time, acting as catalyst for a huge tourist industry in the Highlands of Scotland. In simplistic terms the Plesiosaur, which the Monster is widely acknowledged to be, died out along with its dinosaur relatives many millions  of years ago whereas Loch Ness was created only about 10, 000 years ago at end of the last Ice Age. In any case the murky and peaty waters of the loch would not provide enough food for a breeding colony of creatures. Monster speculation aside, Loch Ness is a pleasant enough place and I do enjoy visiting the area, usually taking guests to Castle Urquhart which offers the best views of the Loch. Read more on Loch Ness Monster…



Locks on Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus

Locks on Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on an interesting town in the Scottish Highlands, namely Fort Augustus. This sits at the southern tip of Loch Ness, on a main tourist route which also links with the Caledonian Canal. Due to the combination of tourist traffic from Loch Ness and the Canal, Fort Augustus is extremely busy in summer. Visitors can join boat trips on Loch Ness from here. With my Tour Guide hat on, the ‘big three’ things to consider here are:

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