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Friday, 22 May 2009

Visit Scotland Loch Leven


Visit Scotland Loch Leven.

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Friday, 1 May 2009

Visit Forth Railway Bridge Scotland


Visit Forth Railway Bridge Scotland.

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Monday, 20 April 2009

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Visit Kellie Castle Scotland


Visit Kellie Castle, East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. The earliest records of Kellie Castle go back to 1150 where it is mentioned in a charter issued by King David I. The first known owner was Robert of London, the illegitimate son of King William the Lion. By 1266 Kellie had passed to the Siward family, who had hailed from Northumbria and had assisted King Malcolm Canmore to overthrow Macbeth. The estate was signed over to a Siward relative, Walter Oliphant, in 1360 and the castle remained in the ownership of the Oliphant family until 1613. It was purchased by Sir Thomas Erskine, Earl of Mar, who had saved the life of King James VI during the Gowrie Conspiracy by killing Sir Alexander Ruthven. The King stayed at Kellie in 1617 during his only visit to Scotland after the Union of the Crowns, and he appointed Erskine as Earl of Kellie in 1619.

Originally a simple tower house, the lower section of what now constitutes the northwest tower is the oldest part of the castle, dating from around 1360, and is said to be haunted. In 1573 a new tower was built by the 4th Lord Oliphant to the east of the original tower. Between 1573 and 1606 the two towers were linked by a new range, terminated by another tower in the south-west, creating the T-plan layout that remains today. The castle is a fine example of Scots Baronial domestic architecture, with an imposing mix of gables, corbelled towers, and chimneys.

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Monday, 13 April 2009

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Visit Perth Bridge Scotland


Visit Perth Bridge Scotland. Perth Bridge, also known as Smeaton's Bridge and, locally, the Old Bridge, is a toll free bridge in the royal burgh of Perth, Scotland. It spans the River Tay, connecting Perth, on the eastern side of the river, to Bridgend, on its western side, carrying both automotive and pedestrian traffic of West Bridge Street. The bridge was completed in October 1771,which places it in the Georgian era; however, its plaque states the year in which construction began, 1766, as its "built" date. The engineer of its construction was John Smeaton, for whom the bridge is named.

Funded by the Earl of Kinnoull, the government, and public subscription, the bridge was put to the test three years after its completion. In February 1774, during a quick thaw, broken ice became wedged under the arches and created a natural dam. Large sections of Perth, including both of its Inches, were flooded. The bridge, however, stood firm. It has survived many subsequent floods, and marks documenting these levels are visible on one of its piers. An increase in traffic resulted in the bridge being widened in 1869 by A.D. Stewart. Its stone parapets were removed, and footpaths projected over iron brackets.

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Thursday, 9 April 2009

Visit Eglinton Castle Scotland


Visit Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland. The ancient seat of the Earls of Eglinton, it is located just south of the town of Kilwinning. Built between 1797 and 1802 in Gothic castellated style dominated by a central 100 foot large round keep and four 70 foot outer towers, it was second only to Culzean Castle in appearance and grandeur.

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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Visit Airth Castle Scotland


Visit Airth Castle Scotland. Airth Castle is a castle, now a hotel, overlooking the village of Airth and the River Forth, in the Falkirk area of Scotland. The castle is a major historic building, and retains much medieval fabric. Within the Castle grounds stand the ruins of the former parish church of Airth, a building, now roofless, of various periods, with substantial parts dating from the Romanesque period, and quire steeple and north aisle added by John Milne the royal master mason in 1647.

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