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Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting on the Isle of Skye, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. ▫️ On display within Dunvegan are many fine oil paintings and clan treasures, the most famous of which is the Fairy Flag. Legend has it that this sacred banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the Clan MacLeod would invariably defeat their enemies. ▫️ Another of the castle's great treasures is the Dunvegan Cup, a unique 'mazer' dating back to the Middle Ages. It was gifted by the O'Neils of Ulster as a token of thanks to one of our most celebrated Chiefs, Sir Rory Mor, for his support of their cause against the marauding forces of Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1595. ▫️ There is also a small collection of Bonnie Prince Charlie related items on display including: one of the Prince’s waistcoats, a Jacobite amen glass, and a lock of the Prince’s hair. ▫️ Image by @sibotk ——————————————————— #scottish #lovescotland #scotland #historicscotland #isleofskye #visitscotland #love_scotland #travelinggram #mytinyatlas #thisisscotland #scotspirit #folkscenery #modernoutdoors #master_shots #scotland_insta #ig_worldclub #igersscotland #goexplore #castle #discoverglobe #discoverearth #roamtheplanet #history #castlesofscotland #scotlandsbeauty #passionpassport #discoverscotland #greatnorthcollective #dronestagram

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Thanks to: @englishhighlander Castle Tioram meaning "dry castle" is a ruined castle that sits on the tidal island Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It is located west of Acharacle, approximately 80 km (50 mi) from Fort William. Though hidden from the sea, the castle controls access to Loch Shiel. It is also known to the locals as "Dorlin Castle". The castle is a scheduled monument. Castle Tioram may date to the thirteenth- or fourteenth century. It appears to have originally been a principal stronghold of Clann Ruaidhrí. Eilean Tioram, the island the fortress sits upon, is first recorded in a charter of Cairistíona Nic Ruaidhrí, daughter of Ailéan mac Ruaidhrí. According to early modern tradition, preserved by the seventeenth-century Sleat History, the castle was erected by Ailéan's granddaughter, Áine Nic Ruaidhrí. The castle certainly served as the seat of the latter's Clann Raghnaill descendants for centuries. As such, Castle Tioram is the traditional seat of the Clanranald (Clann Raghnaill) branch of Clan Donald. The castle was seized by Government forces in around 1692 when the clan chief Allan MacDonald of Clanranald joined the Jacobite Court in France, despite having sworn allegiance to the British Crown. A small garrison was stationed in the castle until the Jacobite rising of 1715 when Allan recaptured and torched it, purportedly to keep it out of the hands of Hanoverian forces. It has been unoccupied since that time, although there are some accounts suggesting it was partially inhabited thereafter including for the storage of firearms from the De Tuillay in the 1745 Jacobite Uprising and Lady Grange's account of her kidnapping. Photographer: @englishhighlander

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Follow @vacationcastle Scotland, Braveheart filming location Tag a friend who you would love to bring here!

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*UPDATE* So you had your say and we were super impressed how many of you guessed correctly. Well done if you said that this nook can be found at Dirleton Castle 🙌 • It is a stunning 13th century fortress residence that served the noble Cromwell family. Have you visited this castle and the beautiful gardens as yet? • Thanks to @molto913 for permission to share. We love to see photographs of your adventures too, so please do share them with us by tagging in @historicscotland or using our #HistoricScotland hashtag. We will be in touch to ask permission to share our favs. ¥ ¥ Alright, alright, alright...! Time for another round of our ever popular #MysteryPic ‘game’. • This photograph is likely to get those little grey cells a-going! • Isn’t it atmospheric! Imagine sitting in this little nook in centuries long past. What stories might have been told here and what might have they seen from the window? • So a clue or two! Yup, it’s one of the 300+ historic properties we look after. This site also offers visitors the opportunity to explore some enchanting gardens and perhaps spot a doo or two! 😉 Guessed yet? • We want to hear your ideas in the comments below and tell us the reason behind your guess. Kudos to the most creative guesses (pro tip - we don’t look after Rosslyn Chapel so it’s not that 👍) • As ever, don’t forget to share your photographs as you visit the sites #HistoricScotland care for. Use the above hashtag or our @historicscotland handle! • Happy guessing folks and we will reveal all on Friday!!! •• #scotland #thisisscotland #icu_scotland #explore_scotland_ #scotland_greatshots #beautifulscotland #visitscotland #scotland4you #igscotland #loves_scotland #instascotland #scotspirit #scotlandbeauty #hiddenscotland #visualsofscotland #photooftheday #ScotlandSites #scotlandincredible #scotlandshots #instacool #lonelyplanet #travelnow #landscape #natgeo #worldsbestgram #scotlandisnow

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Kilchurn Castle is a ruined structure on a rocky peninsula at the northeastern end of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It was first constructed in the mid-15th century as the base of the Campbells of Glenorchy, who extended both the castle and their territory in the area over the next 150 years. After the Campbells became Earls of Breadalbane and moved to Taymouth Castle, Kilchurn fell out of use and was in ruins by 1770. It is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland and is open to the public in summer. Thanks @harry.t.baker

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Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh has experienced a surge of tourism in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. Its boutique-lined streets seem to be straight out of storybooks, and top attractions include historic castles and museums covered wall-to-wall with the finest Scottish antiquities. Hotels are sprouting up throughout the city to accommodate curious travelers, and one of the most recent additions–Fingal–topped our list as one of the most anticipated European hotel openings of 2019. Head to the link in our bio to read about this luxury floating hotel and nine others we have our eye on. Photo by @ambermsz. #traveldeeper

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Caerlaverock Castle is a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century. It is located on the southern coast of Scotland, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south of Dumfries, on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. Caerlaverock was a stronghold of the Maxwell family from the 13th century until the 17th century when the castle was abandoned. It was besieged by the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and underwent several partial demolitions and reconstructions over the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 17th century, the Maxwells were created Earls of Nithsdale, and built a new lodging within the walls, described as among "the most ambitious early classical domestic architecture in Scotland". In 1640 the castle was besieged for the last time and was subsequently abandoned. Although demolished and rebuilt several times, the castle retains the distinctive triangular plan first laid out in the 13th century. Caerlaverock Castle was built to control trade in early times.

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Dunalastair Estate originally belonged to the Robertson family whose clan lived in and around this area. The clan name is Donnachaidh and there is a clan society of this name. Clan Donnachaidh names include Robertson, Duncan and Reid to name but a few. The great poet chieftain, Alexander Robertson of Struan, a staunch Jacobite, lived in a house called the Hermitage which is thought to have been on the site of or near to the current (ruined) Dunalastair House. The Hermitage was destroyed by fire after the 1745 Jacobite uprising. A double tower house was built on the site in 1801 but was burned down accidentally in 1854. The present house (now a ruin) was built in the 1860s when General Sir John Macdonald, who commanded the land forces in Scotland, owned the estate. Dunalastair House was designed by Mr Heiton, a Perth-based architect, who also designed the Atholl Palace Hotel and Dunkeld railway station amongst other buildings. It was really only used as it was built to be used up until the First World War because after that the staff needed to run such a big house were no longer available."

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Circus Lane, one of Edinburgh's most picturesque spots 😍 captured here by @itsalexhamilton, give him a follow 😁 • • • Tag your photo #CastleRockHostel and you might be up next!

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Breathtaking Scottish landscape, the castle surrounded by the greatness of the Loch ness 📍Urquhart Castle, Highlands. Scotland 📸 photo credit by @thehungryglobetrotters #urquhartcastle #scotland #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #travellingthroughtheworld #scottishhighlands #scotishcastles #scotlandexplore #historicscotland #scotlandtravel

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Fort George was built to pacify the Scottish Highlands in the aftermath of the Jacobite rising of 1745, replacing a Fort George in Inverness constructed after the 1715 Jacobite rising to control the area. The fort is still in use and I believe it is the northernmost UK fort. It also houses the Highland Museum and we saw dolphins swimming and playing in the Moray Firth! #historicscotland #visitscotland

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Happy Friday everyone, go and smash it today!

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#OnThisDay in 1371, King David II died at @EdinburghCastle. Succeeded by his nephew, who becomes King Robert II, this is how the Stewart dynasty begins — a Scottish rule that will last centuries 👑 The castle is on our land register, and seen below on ScotLIS, our land information service for business users 🔍⠀ ⠀ #edinburgh #scotland #hiddenedinburgh #historicscotland #maps #getoutside @ordnancesurvey #hiddenscotland #edinburghcastle #castle #archivesofinstagram

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📍Stronachlachar 🌊 I recently stayed here for a long weekend with family and it was just magical. Right on the water, it was absolutely stunning. I’ve added our trip to my highlights. Would highly recommend the house, it was wonderful 💙

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The ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness.

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“Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Everyday I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better. My advice, Keep showing up. —Des Linden It was another beautiful and sunny day in #aberdeenscotland Not only was it sunny and gorgeous outside but temps topped the charts at a whopping 59 degrees// 15 C. Took the weather as a sign to get my wedding diet into gear and go for a run. I’ve been out of commission now for four(ish) months. Two of the months due to medical issues and the other two due to my own laziness. I used to love running in college. I would get up at insane hours in ridiculous weather situations and just run. Now, it took me the most insane mental prep talk just to go and run two miles. Why is it so much harder to begin such a simple task once we’ve stopped for so long? I’ve forgotten how running clears my mind and with the stress of doctors, banks, and jobs.... I think I’ll be running a lot more often! Fingers crossed I can help my head stay motivated to keep my legs going. Love the views like these on my run, why not keep going?! How do you clear your mind???

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Machrie Moor. A place of significant worship and burial during the Neolithic/Early Bronze Age period. Also a place of significant beauty, especially when the sun casts its light. I wonder what the people who constructed these wonders and lived in these times would think of the world now? #machriemoor #machriemoorstandingstones #machriemoorstonecircles #isleofarran #islandlife #officialisleofarran #visitarran #scotland #standingstones #standingstonesofscotland #scotspirit #outandaboutscotland #igscotland #scotland_lover #scotlandexplore #thisisscotland #scotlandsbeauty #scotlandlover #scotlandshots #scotlandmagazine #historicscotland #sunset #sunsets #sunrise_and_sunset #sunset_pics #sunset_ig #unlimitedscotland #landscape #scottishlandscape #canonphotos

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💙 ¿Cómo no voy a estar enamorada de esta país? 💙 . 💕El día de ayer fue fantástico, la combinación de estar con buena gente ( @tierrasaltasescocia) y disfrutar de un lugar maravilloso solo puede hacer que te enamores más (si eso es posible) de un lugar. . 😊Aunque, siendo sincera, enamorarse de Escocia es muy fácil. . Aquí podría enrollarme y hacer uno de esos post míos que son eternos, pero... . " Una imagen vale más que mil palabras" . 😍En la foto os comparto los 3 puestes visto desde Blackness Castle. . 💙¿Qué te parece? ¿Entiendes y/o compartes mi enamoramiento?❤️ . . . . . #Scotland #ScotlandIsNow #historicscotland #scotlandbridge #VisitScotland #scotlandshots #firthofforth #escocia #lugaresqueinspiran #thisisscotland #hiddenscotland #blacknesscastle

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Dunalastair was the home of the Clan Donnachaidh of Scotland, which includes names such as Robertson, Duncan and Reid. The original tower house was burnt down after the 1745 rebellion, as the great chieftain Alexander Robertson of Struan was a Jacobite supporter.⠀ . ⠀ . ⠀ . ⠀ 📷 @bryanmillarwalker⠀ . ⠀ . ⠀ .⠀ #scotland #scotland_insta #scotland_ig #scotland_lover #scotlandlover #scotland_greatshots #scotlandexplore #scotlandshots #scotlandphotography #scotlandtravel #scotlandlove #scotlandtrip #scotlandsites #travelscotland #igscotland #beautifulscotland #explorescotland #scotlandsbeauty #lovescotland #discoverscotland #instascotland #igersscotland #loves_scotland #thisisscotland #ilovescotland #historicscotland

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Our Marketing Director took this photo when she took a day trip to Stirling from Glasgow (attended the fantastic @celtic_connections) a few weeks ago. William Wallace Monument in the distance looking through an outlook from the defense wall at Stirling Castle. . . . . #stirling #scotland #castle #wallace #thisisscotland #scenery #scotlandtravel #daytrip #castles #castlesofscotland #stirlingcastle #williamwallace #history #gaelic #instascotland

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#Repost from @jimrichardsonng // When the moonlight shines down on the Stones of Stenness it’s no wonder people have been drawn to this place for 5,000 years. Five of the original twelve (or so) stones still stand but the henge (surrounding ditch) is gone, though it is thought to be the oldest in the British Isles. Very likely this is where the Stonehenge folk got the idea. The Watchstone is only a couple of hundred yards away, about the same as the Barnhouse settlement to the north. One can imagine folk bringing the bones of their ancestors here before taking them on to Maeshowe tomb less than a mile further on. Sit here for a while and the Moon can conjure magic. @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection #scotland #orkney #historicscotland #ruins

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Scotland, day 1. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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Meet our fearless leader, Alex! Birdie best friend, falconer & caretaker. He’s worked with birds of prey since he was a boy in Scotland. Alex has a passion for meeting new people, hearing their story & sharing his love for birds of prey. He also strives to help birds (or any animal if he can) who may need special care & a new chance at life. Here he is holding Susie, his sweet, small barn owl. Come find Alex on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh. He will greet you with a smile... and a majestic bird on his arm! #HazelTheOwl

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North Berwick Law ✨ I honestly could not find an edit of these photos that I liked more than the next so here are 4 of my favourites. ✨ What you can’t see here is the high winds and the effort it took to convince Will that I wasn’t going to fall through the roof. ✨ The last few times I’ve been here the wild horses are out and about but I didn’t see them this time. Does anyone know why? 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Heading back to work ain’t so bad when you’re stuck in the Scottish Isles ⚒ { Kilbride Chapel, Lamlash }

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Když jsme se minulý rok vypravili na roadtrip po Skotsku, nikdy by mě nenapadlo, že uvidím takovouto krásu na vlastní oči 💙 Hrad Glamis řadím rozhodně mezi nejkrásnější hrady ve Skotsku - hrad jako z pohádky, kam bych se okamžitě nastěhovala, kdyby v něm (údajně) nežilo více než 10 duchů, které úplně běžně můžete potkat třeba na chodbě..👻😄 a také současní majitelé - šlechtická rodina Bowes-Lyon. Na této rodině je zajímavé především to, že je spřízněna s britskou královskou rodinou 👑☝️a co je tu ještě zajímavé? 4.8.1900 se zde v Glamis narodila Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, budoucí manželka Jiřího VI., známá především jako Její Veličenstvo královna Alžběta, královna matka 👑👸 *** It's almost a year since we got a road trip to Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and it's almost a year I was fall in love with this beauty 💙 It's true that this castle looks very fairytale but do you know how many ghosts live in this building? More than 10! ☝️👻 and one more interesting information to the end 😛 Do you know who was born here on 4th August 1900? Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, future wife of George VI., known as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother 👑👸 *** #glamis #scotlandcastles #glamisscotland #visitscotland #scotlandsbeauty #scotland_ig #scotland_insta #scotlandlover #historicscotland #lovescotland #scotlandexplore #scotlandtrip #beautifulscotland #scotland #amazingplaces #queenmother #royalfamily #ghostadventures #roadtrip #scotlandtrip #travelscotland #travelblogger #blondontheroad #minveciviczazitku #dnescestujem #dnesobjavujem #czechtraveler #vyletzafotkou #dnesletim #travelphotography

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I've just had a little hiatus from Instagram to refocus while I'm in beautiful Edinburgh. I did it using the Disable feature which, looking back, probably wasn't a great idea. Apart from worrying a beautiful friend, I also realised that for anyone using an Unfollow App, it looked like I unfollowed them. Oops. Maybe next time, deleting the IG App would work better. . . #Scotland #visitscotland #historicscotland #scotlandisnow #thisisedinburgh #thisisscotland #lovescotland #scotlandshots #storiesfromscotland #scotlandexplore #ilovescotland #ecosse #edinphoto #loveedinburgh #edinburg #ig_edinburgh #edimburgh #simplyscotland #scotland_greatshots #scotland_insta #explorescotland #escocia #edinburgh_snapshots #instravel #iangblack #adventureislife #,edinburghcity #planetwanderlust #passionpassport #worldtravelbook

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Αυτό είναι το τριακοστό δεύτερο κομμάτι της ιστορίας μας! Ελπίζουμε να σας αρέσει! Τι πιστεύετε ότι θα γίνει μετά;😉 Πείτε μας στα σχόλια τη γνώμη σας! - - - - - - - - - - #istories #istores #istorie #istorieszwis #istori #historicscotland #istorasenayan #historicalcostuming

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Αυτό είναι το τριακοστό πρώτο κομμάτι κομμάτι της ιστορίας μας! Ελπίζουμε να σας αρέσει! Τι πιστεύετε ότι θα γίνει μετά;😉 Πείτε μας στα σχόλια τη γνώμη σας! - - - - - - - - - - #istories #istores #istorie #istorieszwis #istori #historicscotland #istorasenayan #historicalcostuming

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St. Mary’s church, Grandtully. One of only two churches in Scotland with the original painted ceiling from the 1600’s still in place. It was built around 1533. (I believe it was used as a cow shed for many years....) Set in the stunning countryside of Highland Perthshire. Definitely worth a visit. #tbt #grandtully #stmaryschurch #scotland #visitscotland #highlandperthshire #historicscotland #churchesofscotland #oldchurches

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No droning today - a bit too windy and I was in Dunbar for most of the day in a town anyway. Here are some snaps of Dunbar in East Lothian, Scotland. The first few pictures are of the harbour, the sight of the historic castle and an artillery fort built to defend the harbour against French privateers. The last few are of Tantallon Castle, just a few miles to the west of Dunbar - it’s a seriously impressive structure, even in its state of ruin. #dunbar #dunbarharbour #dunbarcastle #dunbarfort #eastlothian #historicscotland #historicenvironmentscotland #tantallon #tantalloncastle #iphone #iphone7plus #shotonaniphone #iphoneshot #shotoniphone #landscapepanorama

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Tucked away behind Bellefield Avenue is the demolition site of the historic Tay Rope Works in Dundee

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Took this exploring Scotland a few years ago, can’t wait to start traveling again!

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As a fan of visiting Neolithic sites, it was a treat to see the Callanish Stones in person. They are located up in a ridge on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. #scotland #isleoflewis #hebrides #outerhebrides #callanishstones #callanishstones #standingstones #standingstones #neolithic #historicscotland @historicscotland

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I loved seeing the traditional bothies and blackhouses on the Isle of Lewis. As a fan of Peter May’s Lewis trilogy novels, it was great to see the blackhouses in person. #scotland #isleoflewis #hebrides #outerhebrides #petermay #lewistrilogy #blackhouse #bothy #bothies #historicscotland @historicscotland

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