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Invergordon (Inverness) Top 10

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Culloden was the site, in 1746, of the last armed conflict on the British mainland, after several centuries of recurring conflicts between Scotland and England. Scots fought on both sides of the final battle, but it did not turn out well for the...
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Fancy trying to get a gander at the Loch Ness Monster? There's only one way and that is on a boat trip out onto the deep and foreboding waters of Loch Ness. "Nessie" has certainly defied many a scientific attempt at location. The earliest mention...
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Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3EB, UK
This compact museum has a very good overview of Highland history. One focus is the Gaelic language, the ancient civilizing Celtic tongue brought here from Ireland by 5th-century pilgrims and monks. The Celts assimilated the Picts, who left behind...
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Look for seals, seagulls and salmon while you wander along the River Ness. A tributary of famous Loch Ness, the river meanders and widens as it passes through the city of Inverness on its way to the estuary of the Moray Firth and the North Sea....
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Dornoch IV25 3SE, UK
According to historical record, this Cathedral was erected in the 13th century under the guidance of St. Gilbert of Moray, the final Scot to be canonized prior to the Protestant Reformation—whose more zealous followers then razed the Cathedral in...
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High St, Rosemarkie, Fortrose IV10 8UF, UK
Located in Rosemarkie, this museum is dedicated primarily to the most prominent group of prehistoric people in Scotland, the Picts. They first appeared in historical records around 297 C.E. when described by a Roman adventurer, but their origins...
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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
The prototypical Highland castle with its drawbridge, tower, spectacular ramparts and fantastic setting on a sea-loch near the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan is probably the most photographed pile of stones and mortar in the country. Originally...
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Urquhart (pronounced irk-hart) Castle, now in glorious ruins, was once the most important fortification in the region, sacked by the English king Edward I in the 1290s and retaken by the Scottish king Robert I in 1308. Today the tower retains an...
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B9090, Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5RD, UK
This castle is often associated with Shakespeare's Macbeth because the title character was the Thane of Cawdor. The connection, however, is pure artistic license—Cawdor's enormous tower was built in about 1450, several centuries after the real...
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The region's first church was established near this site in the 6th century and the grander Fortrose Cathedral was built some 600 years later. After the Reformation, it was rather sadly exploited as a source for stones to erect a citadel in...