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Scotland in the Snow A Microadventure to the highlands of scotland

January 2018

A few days in the snow of Scotland.

First stop... Loch Leven.

Loch Leven, Scotland.

Loch Leven (from Scottish Gaelic: Loch Lìobhann) is a fresh water loch in Perth and Kinross council area, central Scotland.

Roughly triangular, the loch is about 6 km at its longest. The burgh of Kinross lies at its western end. Loch Leven Castle lies on an island a short way offshore, where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567, and it can be reached by ferry, operated from Kinross by Historic Scotland during the summer months.

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Time to head north...

Loch Morlich

Loch Morlich (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Mhùrlaig) is a freshwater loch in the Badenoch and Strathspey area of the Highlands, Scotland near Aviemore. The loch is home to a watersports centre with kayaking, sailing and windsurfing among the activities available. The loch is at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains, just a few miles from Aviemore.

Long stretches of its shoreline are formed of sandy beaches. In 2009 these beaches received a Seaside Award by the Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) campaign, the first time that this had been given to a fresh water loch. At 300 metres above sea level it also became the highest beach to be given this award.

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View across Loch Morlich towards Cairngorm Ski Centre.

Cairngorm Ski Centre

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilein is a small irregular shaped, freshwater loch in the Rothiemurchus Forest south of Aviemore, Scotland. Loch an Eilein comes from the Scottish Gaelic and means 'Loch of the island'.

Rob Roy and other cattle rustlers are believed to have frequented the loch, and one side of the loch is called 'Robbers Way'.

In the middle of the Loch, on what may be a natural island, are the ruins of a small 15th century castle. The castle is said to have once been the property of Alexander Stewart the Wolf of Badenoch. The Jacobites, retreating from Cromdale in 1690, besieged the castle, which was held by Dame Grizel Mor Grant, widow of the fifth laird Grant. At this time the castle was connected to the shore by a causeway. The causeway was lost when the water level in the loch was raised in the 18th century.

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Ruthven Barracks, near Ruthven in Badenoch, Scotland, are the smallest but best preserved of the four barracks built in 1719 after the 1715 Jacobite rising. Set on an old castle mound, the complex comprises two large three-storey blocks occupying two sides of the enclosure, each with two rooms per floor. The barracks and enclosing walls were built with loopholes for musket firing, and bastion towers were built at opposite corners. Destroyed by Jacobites following their retreat after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the Barracks ruins are maintained as a Scheduled Monument by Historic Scotland.

The old packhorse bridge, Carrbridge. The bridge, built in 1717, is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. It was severely damaged in the "muckle spate" of 1829 which left it in the condition seen today. It is now unstable and is recommended only to be viewed from afar. Jumping off the bridge into the River Dulnain below had long been a popular pastime for younger locals and the more adventurous tourists.

Thanks for visiting

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