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Let’s get one things straight right off the bat: Scotland is awesome. The more places I visit in this beautiful country, the more I fall in love with it. I came to Inverness for two reasons: to see the monster and to be in the Scottish Highlands. I was only partially successful. Inverness has about 50,000 people and it is considered the capital of the Highlands.
I searched Loch Ness for the monster [didn’t find her, but the lake is quite pretty]
I heard a plethora of bagpipes. The local college in the town that I grew up in had a mascot that was a ‘Scotsman’, and he played the bagpipes at official college functions. I’m pretty convinced that there is only one song [+ Amazing Grace] that is ever played on the bagpipes.
Made my way to Culloden Battlefield…It was hauntingly beautiful. In the mid 1700’s a very violent and bloody battle occurred between the Scotsmen and the English…Today it is a beautiful, lush windswept moor
I am horrible at genealogy, but as my ancestors are from the Carolinas [and Carolina was settled mainly by Scots, Irish, and English] for as far back as the USA can count its history, I’d wager that some of my distant relatives died on that battlefield. Either as a Mac-something…
or as an Englishman…
The Inverness footbridge allows for viewing of the River Ness from the town…
and serves to make it postcard pretty.
and no town is complete without a castle