The day was all about history, the night was about murders!

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October 19th 2009
Published: October 20th 2009
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Today was amazing! We took a tour of Loch Ness (not the amazing part) and went to Urquhart Castle where we are getting married (that's the amazing part). It is everything I hoped it would be. I'm so excited to be getting married there even if I don't know exactly where cause it doesn't matter. It is all so cool.

Ok, here's the history part which everyone who knows me knows that is what makes this place so amazing, so if you find history boring, skip on down. The ruins of the castle date from the 13th century and the last castle occupants were the Grant clan during the Jacobite rising when the blew up the castle to keep it out of English hands. However, the castle was built on the site of the ancient fortification of one the Pict kings . Here is where the Loch Ness monster comes in. St. Columba came over from Ireland to convert the Picts to catholism. While here in 565, in Inverness, he witnessed a 'monster' (as recorded by his secretary at the time) in the Ness river chasing his servant swimming across the river. He went to the river bank, raised his
Victorian MarketVictorian MarketVictorian Market

oldest market place in town; indoor mall with lots of quaint little shops(some quirky)
hands and commanded the monster to go back to where he came. It apparently did and the servant survived. A couple of decades later, St.Columba was back converting Picts again and came to the king that resided where Urquhart is now. The king was dying when St. Columba got there, and the king, knowing of the story of the monster in Inverness, converted to catholism on his deathbed because St. Columba asked. That allowed St. Columba to make more converts using the king's name.

Tonight we went on a walking tour with the Man in the Kilt, as he titles himself. Not a ghost tour but we went to the sites of several hangings and beheadings but also heard lots of other tidbits of Inverness history. This area is very steeped in history, not just from the 1700's, but back more than a thousand years with the Picts, and even more with the pre-historic tribes.

Tomorrow we go to Culloden Battlefiield to learn more about the Jacobite rising and battle here in 1746 that effectively secured the Hanover line for the British monarchy that still exists today.

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Fire at Victorian MarketFire at Victorian Market
Fire at Victorian Market

only death was doggie; awww...
Loch Ness Depth chartLoch Ness Depth chart
Loch Ness Depth chart

Loch Ness is 800 ft deep at it's deepest; we thought this depth chart looked like Nessie
Urquhart CastleUrquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

first views of our wedding location
Getting of the boat to go up to castleGetting of the boat to go up to castle
Getting of the boat to go up to castle

no this is not how we are arriving on our wedding day
Urquhart CastleUrquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

History of castle
Urquhart CastleUrquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

I'm here !!!!
Urquhart CastleUrquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

going through gatehouse into castle grounds
Urquhart CastleUrquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

Overlooking castle
Loch Ness CenterLoch Ness Center
Loch Ness Center

let's be honest here, folks; this place really blows
Town House in InvernessTown House in Inverness
Town House in Inverness

Built in 1862, this holds government offices but is beautiful
Man in the KiltMan in the Kilt
Man in the Kilt

walking tour
Inverness CastleInverness Castle
Inverness Castle

in back with statue of Florence MacDonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charles escape Scotland after defeat at Culloden
view of River Ness at nightview of River Ness at night
view of River Ness at night

from castle grounds
The Man in the KiltThe Man in the Kilt
The Man in the Kilt

walking tour in the cemetary of the oldest church in Inverness

20th October 2009

Coooooooool! So glad it is all you wanted it to be!
20th October 2009

Beautiful place love the picture of the wedding place
20th October 2009

Melly -- you have a grin on your face a mortician could not wipe off...
20th October 2009

I feel I am with you...the pictures are great.
21st October 2009

Pict and Proud!

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