Culloden Battlefield: History on my Doorstep

Culloden Battlefield: History on my Doorstep

I’m sure there are plenty of New Yorkers who have never been up the Empire State Building and many Parisians who scoff at the idea of climbing the Eiffel Tower. My version of this is Culloden Battlefield. I grew up approximately 2 miles from this famous landmark and while I had (probably reluctantly) walked around it once or twice as a child, I am slightly ashamed to admit I knew very little about the events that took place there until last week. My lesson? Don’t look past your own doorstep - you never you know what you might learn.

Rait Castle: A Ruin with a Ghost

Rait Castle: A Ruin with a Ghost

Between Nairn and Cawdor lies a hidden ruin with its own tragic love story. History (well, lets face it - Google) tells us that in the 13th Century, the lands around Rait Castle - situated between Cawdor and Nairn - became the subject of a bitter feud between the Cummings and Mackintosh clans. The first structure had been built by the Mackintoshes, but seized by the Cummings in the late 1200s, and for over a century the dispute raged on.

Craigellachie Nature Reserve and the Mountain Cafe, Aviemore

Craigellachie Nature Reserve and the Mountain Cafe, Aviemore

There is so much to do in Aviemore it's hard to know where to start, so I decided to break myself in gently by starting small and working my way up to the more adventurous sights. Nestled in the Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore is a busy town all year round with tourists and locals doing various activities by land, mountain, water, snow and tree (yes, they have zip wires - I cannot wait for that one to happen!).