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MacDonald Monument

MONDAY: DAY 18:  Had an 0830 breakfast and a busy day ahead of us and first stopped to view the MacDONALD MONUMENT in GLENCOE VILLIAGE which is a dedication to the Macdonald Clan that was murdered by the Campbell Clan. The massacre took place in 1692 in the morning of Febuary 13th after 128 soldiers led by Campbell of Glenlyon stayed with the Macdonalds for 12 days before turning on them. This happened because MacLain of Glencoe was late in signing an oath to King William the Third by January 1, 1692. This was his punishment; some awful punishment that was! I have been very interested in this since I found out my last name is a surname of MacDonald. Although I don't think it was this particular clan.

Secondly, we went to the GLENCOE VISITOR CENTRE on the A82 that has displays about the surrounding area and mountains along with an audio visual detailing the massacre.

MacDonald Monument
It is a new centre that opened in May 2002 and has a H shape and built on stilts. There's a Glencoe Lookout Station to see the 3 SISTERS Mountains. There was also controversy when the NTS appointed a man with the last name of CAMPBELL ( how convienient!) as the first manager! GLEN ETVIE was third as we drove through beautiful mountain landscape. Next for us was TREASURES of the EARTH, a museum of geology and minerals in CORPACH. This had many types of gemstones and fossils.

We took the A830 to the GLENFINNAN MONUMENT and Visitor Centre. We toured the Centre 1st which had diplays and a timeline of Bonnie Prince Charlie. You walk across the street and down a path to the  Monument which marks the "Raising of the Standard" by Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) that was "the start of his Campaign to restore the exiled Stuarts to the throne".

View from the Lookout of Glen Coe
The statue was erected in 1815 and is of a KILTED HIGHLANDER NOT the Prince himself as alot of people think. We climbed to the top of it via a SPIRAL Staircase and there are views of LOCH SHIEL. If you look towards the visitor centre from the monument to the left is the VIADUCT from the HARRY POTTER movies!

Then we drove to NEPTUNES STAIRCASE and walked the area of the CALEDONIAN CANAL. It opened in 1847 and is a series of 9 locks that connects LOCH NESS to LOCH LINNHE. Near here is BEN NEVIS, Great Britian's highest mountain. We then toured the Ruins of INVERLOCHY CASTLE not to be confused with the Luxury Hotel of the same name. lol It's on the banks of RIVER LOCHY and is free and opened to the public all the time. We had to cross a bridge (in the car) & follow brown signs to get to it. The COMYNS of BADENOCH built it in the 1200's and was passed by many hands.

Glen Coe

FALL #3 happened when I missed the step up to go pay the 24 pounds at the Petrol station when a guy held the door open for me. Both he & the guy working the counter saw and were like "Are you allright?". I just laughed and said "yes" with an Embarrassing smile! lol It was actually more of a "trip". When I came out I asked Suzi if she saw it & she didn't & replied with " I was wondering why that guy was laughing when he walked to his car".

We then had a ferry to catch in CORRAN to STRONTIAN and I saw 2 lighthouses on the way.We got to our B&B at OTTERBURN where we had a cute room with an OTTER (stuffed animal) on our bed. We ate at the BEN VIEW HOTEL where we had FRIED BRIE in CURRANT SAUCE as an appetizer and had Scottish Steak in Brie Sauce with chips and salad. For dessert I got a Peach Tart. Everything was good. We didn't go out that night but we did have a view of LOCH SUNART from our room.

 

euphemy says:
I know I did the same thing. lol
Posted on: Oct 07, 2006
Aditu says:
Damn, you mean I got my pic taken up under his kilt and it wasn't even my plpbf :( Bummer.
Posted on: Oct 07, 2006
euphemy says:
I do remember reading something at the monument that it wasn't actually him then I did research & found out it's a kilted highlander that isn't him! I originally thought it was him also.
Posted on: Oct 07, 2006
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MacDonald Monument
MacDonald Monument
MacDonald Monument
MacDonald Monument
View from the Lookout of Glen Coe
View from the Lookout of Glen Coe
Glen Coe
Glen Coe
Glen Coe
Glen Coe
Glen Etvie
Glen Etvie
Heather near the monument
Heather near the monument
Monument
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a "strange" finding
Treasures of the Earth
Treasures of the Earth
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Minature Battle of Culloden scene…
Glenfinnan Monument
Glenfinnan Monument
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Glenfinnan Viaduct famous for the…
I had to get my picture beneath hi…
I had to get my picture beneath h…
Loch Shiel
Loch Shiel
How you climb to the top of the mo…
How you climb to the top of the m…
Neptunes Staircase
Neptunes Staircase
Ruins of Inverlochy Castle
Ruins of Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy
Inverlochy
Corran Lighthouse
Corran Lighthouse
Loch Sunart
Loch Sunart
Otterburn B&B
Otterburn B&B
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Our room at Otterburn B&B. See ou…
Our room
Our room
Sunset on Loch Sunart
Sunset on Loch Sunart
View from our room
View from our room
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