Saturday, August 20, 2011

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle by susanvg
Urquhart Castle, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
The end of the day, the sun shone on Urquhart Castle, situated on Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit. We couldn't get close as the visitor centre was closed. The next morning, in typical Scottish weather (dark cloud, light rain, harder rain...) we explored the ruins.

Urquhart Castle in the Mist

The castle was first built in the 1200s, though there is evidence of people in the area long before that. It was destroyed in the 1600s to prevent it from becoming a Jacobite stronghold.

A Piper at the Castle

While we were at the castle a piper marched out, playing familiar Scottish airs. The plaintive sounds added to the mood as the mist surrounded the area. It's hard to imagine life here at the time the castle was occupied. Now it lies in silent testimony to what has gone before.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Susan, I guess everyone will ask if you saw Nessie! The last photo didn't appear on the blog, but I could see it on Flickr - I liked the crumbling castle ruins. I assume you're back in sunny Montreal.