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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 16 Feb 2010 15:09 
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Some photos taken during Alla's trips to Scotland.

Alla with the Aberdeen coat of arms at the entrance to the Duthie Park Winter gardens.



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Duthie park, situated in Aberdeen, Scotland, by the banks of the River Dee, comprises 44 acres (180,000 m2) of land gifted to the council in 1881 by Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston, in memory of her uncle and of her brother. She purchased the land for £30,000 from the estate of Arthurseat.

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The park is noted for the spectacular David Welch winter gardens with tropical and arid houses which contain the second largest collections of bromeliads and of giant cacti respectively in Great Britain (beaten only by the Eden Project in Cornwall, England). Originally opened in 1899, the greenhouses had to be demolished and rebuilt after suffering storm damage in 1969. Today they are a tranquil place surrounded by such plants as tree ferns, Spanish moss, anthuria, and banana trees.

Within the gardens are railings salvaged from the south side of the major bridge in the middle of the city's Union Street. These feature unusual metal cats, derived from the city coat of arms, and were saved when the side of the bridge was developed for retail units in the mid-20th century.



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The Roundhouse that controls all the shipping in Aberdeen Harbour

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"Fittie"

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Footdee is an area of Aberdeen, Scotland known locally as "Fittie". It is an old fishing village at the east end of the harbour. The name is actually folk etymology. Far from being "Foot of the Dee/Fit o the Dee", it is actually a corruption of a former dedication to a "St Fothan".

Around Aberdeen


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Drum Castle is a castle near Drumoak in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. For centuries it was the seat of the chief of Clan Irvine. The place-name Drum is derived from Gaelic druim, 'ridge'.

The original 13th century tower of Drum Castle has been suggested as the work of medieval architect Richard Cementarius, who built the Bridge of Don in Old Aberdeen. It is believed to be one of the three oldest tower houses in Scotland (and notably unaltered).

A large wing was added in 1619 by the 9th laird, further alterations were made during the Victorian era.

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The castle and its grounds were granted to William de Irwyn in 1325 by Robert the Bruce, and remained in the possession of Clan Irvine until 1975. William de Irwyn (of the Irvings of Bonshaw clan) was armour bearer/secretary (and neighbor) to King Robert the Bruce. Drum played a role in the Covenanting Rebellion (as did nearby Muchalls Castle) leading to its being attacked and sacked three times.

Highland cow

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Highland cattle or kyloe are an ancient Scottish breed of beef cattle with long horns and long wavy pelts which are coloured black, brindled, red, yellow or dun.

The breed developed in the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. Breeding stock has been exported to the rest of the world, especially Australia and North America, since the early 20th Century. The breed was developed from two sets of stock, one originally black, and the other reddish.

Although groups of cattle are generally called herds, a group of highlands is known as a fold. They were also known as kyloes in Scots.

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Inverness castle
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Nesswalk along the banks of the river Ness
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Inverness (from the Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Nis, meaning 'mouth of the River Ness') is a city in northern Scotland. The city is the administrative centre for the Highland council area, and is promoted as the capital of the Highlands of Scotland. The city lies near the site of the 18th century Battle of Culloden and at the northeastern extremity of the Great Glen (An Gleann Mòr), where the River Ness enters the Inverness/Moray Firth making it a natural hub for various transport links. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom. A settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by King David I in the 12th century.

Urquart castle with Loch Ness in the background
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Loch Ness, Scottish Gaelic: Loch Nis) is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 km (23 mi) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 15.8 m (52 ft) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie".
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Eilean Donan Castle
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The island is dominated by a picturesque castle.

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Eilean Donan (Scottish Gaelic Eilean Donnáin), is a small island in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland. It is connected to the mainland by a footbridge and lies about half a mile from the village of Dornie.
Eilean Donan (which means simply "island of Donnán") is named after Donnán of Eigg, a Celtic saint martyred in the Dark Ages.
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Alla has a thing about bagpipe music and Kilts, to get a piper in front of Eilean Donan Castle (arguably the most picturesque castles in Scotland) how lucky can you get?.
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The Commando Memorial located near Spean Bridge in the Scottish Highlands commemorating the Second World War British Commandos that used the Scottish Highlands to train.
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Very nice photos and tour of the Scottish countryside.

I am sure Alla was impressed and like it there.

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Nice photos Raffi! [clap2.gif]

We planed one day visit Scotland as well, and I know it is very beautiful place!

When I arrived in UK we bought a membership card for one year to Wisley Garden just round the corner and not far from where we live. We have visited several times the gardens and enjoyed very mush! [happy.gif]

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Hanna and Yannis [thanks.gif]
Thanks for your nice comments.

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Edinburgh Castle


Edinburgh Castle is a castle fortress which dominates the sky-line of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock.
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Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh's Old Town. The volcanic Castle Rock offers a naturally defended position, with sheer cliffs to north and south, and a steep ascent from the west. The only easy approach is from the town to the east, and the castle's defences are situated accordingly.
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The last military action the castle saw was during the 1745 Jacobite Rising. The Jacobite army, under Charles Edward Stuart, "Bonnie Prince Charlie", captured Edinburgh without a fight in September 1745, but the castle remained in the hands of the ageing Deputy Governor, General George Preston, who refused to surrender.[67] After their victory over the government army at Prestonpans on 21 September, the Jacobites attempted to blockade the castle. Preston's response was to bombard Jacobite positions within the town. After several buildings had been demolished, and four people killed, Charles called off the blockade. The Jacobites themselves had no heavy guns with which to respond, and by November they had marched on to England, leaving Edinburgh to the castle garrison.
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Over the next century, the castle vaults were used to hold prisoners of war during several conflicts, including the Seven Years' War (1756–1763), the American War of Independence (1775–1783) and the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815).
A mass prison break in 1811, in which 49 prisoners of war escaped via a hole in the south wall, persuaded the authorities that the castle vaults were no longer a suitable prison.
Behind Bars
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The castle again became a prison during the First World War, when "Red Clydesider" David Kirkwood was confined here, and during the Second World War, when it housed German Luftwaffe pilots.


Alla and her pet Haggis
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A frequent tale is that a "Haggis" is a small Scottish animal with one set of legs longer than the other so that it can stand on the steep Scottish Highlands without falling over.
The method used to capture the Haggis is to find the Haggis tracks and then hide behind a big stone, when the Haggis approaches you jump out and shout BOO in a loud voice, the Haggis tries to run away but because of the disproportionate legs the Haggis rolls down the mountain and can then be collected at the bottom of the mountain by someone that is there waiting for it.


Haggis for supper.
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The haggis is a traditional Scottish dish memorialised as the national dish of Scotland by Robert Burns' poem Address to a Haggis in 1787. Haggis is traditionally served with "neeps and tatties" (Scots: swede, yellow turnip or rutabaga and potatoes, boiled and mashed separately) and a "dram" (i.e. a glass of Scotch whisky), especially as the main course of a Burns supper. However it is also often eaten with other accompaniments, or served with a whisky-based sauce.

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Great pictures and what a coincidence, I am currently away on business sat in my hotel room looking across the River Ness to Inverness Castle about 100 yards away [happy.gif]

When my Ukrainian wife and step daughter came over to the UK 20 months ago now I had some business in Edinburgh so took them both there for a few days to see the sights, she loved Edinburgh and wants to go back sometime. She loves castles and stately homes and the like and over the last 20 months we have visited many all around the UK, her favourite to date was Fountains Abbey in Ripon Yorkshire, the oldest Medieval Monastary in Europe.

I have lots of pictures, if I get time when I get back home I will try and route some out of our travels around the UK.

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