Ruthven Barracks, Highland Folk Museum, Clan Macpherson Museum Loch Laggan & Glen Coe
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SUNDAY: DAY 17: We were awoken at 5am by the sound of a large garbage truck. We laughed & said that our room must be the "Voucher room". For breakfast I had BAKED BEANS which seemed wierd but they were really good.. lol We drove back to Kingussie to the RUTHVEN BARRACKS that was built in 1719 following the Jacobite Rising in 1715. In 1746 it was captured and burnt by Prince Charles Edward in1746. It stands on a hill & there was a castle here before in 1229 but it was destroyed in 1451. It was rebuilt larger by 1459 and then badly damaged by the first uprising in 1689. Because of the uprisings the Government built 4 Barracks and Ruthven was one and the remains of the damaged castle were removed for the structure that's seen today. It was designed to house 120 troops.
Next to NEWTONMORE to the mile long, 80 acre HIGHLAND FOLK MUSEUM. It goes through 200 years of Highland life starting in the 1700's to the mid 1900's. It included the Aultlarie Farm: Glenlivit Post Office, Livestock, and Cottage. Part of the Pinewoods Area: Knockbain School (1930's), Leanach Church, Tailor, Clockmaker and Fraser's Joiner's Workshops, a Sawmill & a CURLING Club Hut. The Township had 4 CROFT Houses and a Sheilling. These houses had interpreters in one of them & they had a PEAT FIRE going inside. They invited us in and it was warm & cozy even though it was raining outside. We wallked most of the area even though there were buses that also took people to the different parts.
While driving in Newtonmore, we saw the CLAN MACPHERSON MUSEUM so we stopped to tour it and it was free. There were many things on display, including a movie on this Clan. There was even a picture of the model, ELLE MCPHERSON on the wall.
We got on the A86 road past LOCH LAGGAN which I had been wanting to see because of a battle that took place near here. It has the largest fresh water beach in Scotland and a Dam. We stopped and took pictures here and what a pretty Loch is was! Then on the A82 thru FORT WILLIAM and saw LOCH LINNHE and LOCH LEVEN before getting to GLEN COE for the evening.
Our B&B was the INCHCONNAL and our room was adorable! For dinner we drove to the GLEN COE HOTEL and had Potato Wedges for starter and Scampi and fries. The bar seemed like the happening place so after dinner we drove back to the B&B, rushed to get ready and walked back ( no drinking and driving for us!) to the hotel bar where we later met 2 Very Nice guys: Alan and Alisdair(sp.?) who both lived in Inverness and were GARDA. (policemen) These guys were so nice that when I noticed there was no toilet paper in the bathroom, Alisdair went & got a roll & put it in the woman's BR & came back & said "there's some in there now". I never had a guy do THAT for me. lol We chatted with them til closing time then walked back to the B&B only to find out the door was LOCKED! lol I think we stood there for10 minutes not wanting to knock or ring the doorbell at 1am! We had visions of sleeping in our rental car! lol We did end up ringing the bell & the husband & wife let us in & apologized many times! Another unforgettable night! lol