Monday, December 20, 2010

On the Road . . . Inverness and Glamis Castle

A new visitors' center and exhibition at the Culloden Battlefield site; it commemorates the April 16, 1746 defeat of Bonnie Prince Charles by Butcher Cumberland and his men - thus ending the hopes of a Stuart monarchy.

After visiting the Culloden Battlefield, we drove about a mile to Clava Cairns, prehistoric passage graves and standing stones near Inverness, Scotland.

Doug explores one of several well-preserved passage graves.

Glamis Castle - located in Angus, Scotland - is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. It's open to the public and popular with tourists because it was the childhood home of the Queen Mother. Her second daughter, Princess Margaret, was born there.

Glamis Castle is frequently hired for dinners and weddings; when we were there, workmen were just starting to remove tents used for a wedding the day before.

The estate surrounding the castle covers more than 14,000 acres. Despite a little rain during our visit, we were able to enjoy the gardens and walking trails.

On our drive to St. Andrews, we stopped briefly to see the Discovery, which British explorer Robert F. Scott successfully commandeered t0 the Antarctic in 1901-1904. However, his later expedition to the South Pole - again on Discovery - was ill-fated. Scott's entire party died on the return journey from the pole; some of their bodies, journals and photographs were discovered by a search party eight months later.

Doug was interested in seeing Discovery because he had earlier in his career done illustrations of Scott's daring explorations for a Canadian textbook publisher.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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