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There is good evidence that the self-catering cottage scottish highlands Jacobites, however ferocious the Highland onset, were much more civilised in their behaviour to defeated enemies. But the most remarkable outcome of Culloden is that this ground over which is was fought has become more hallowed than any other battlefield in self-catering cottage scottish highlands Britain. Scots from Lowland parts which in the ’Fort-Five hated and feared what Charles Edward stood for are now more moved by this little area of Drummossie Muir than they are by the sight of self-catering cottage scottish highlands Bannockburn, and many an Englishman or woman whose ancestors may have jeered at the executions at Carlisle or York, or at the head of rebels on the spikes at Temple Bar feel the same sense of desolation here as they listen to the peewits dripping and crying across the fields. As to the self-catering cottage scottish highlands Highlanders, they have long memories. Not many perhaps attend the annual service, mainly conducted in the Gaelic, held on the morning of the Saturday nearest to the 16th at the memorial cairn, but the Mackintosh and other kilted figures will be there; and at its end I have seen a woman so carried away that she fell upon the grave of her clan and embraced it, and then drank with her cupped hands from the Well of the Dead.

A few yards away from the battlefield there is a cross-roads, one route from which leads to the self-catering cottage scottish highlands Clava stones, which are near a farm beside the right bank of the River Nairn. The ‘stones’ are in a long, wooded meadow by the roadside, and consists of three chambered cairns, each surrounded by a circle of monoliths. The self-catering cottage scottish highlands chambers are roughly twelve paces in diameter, and access in two cases is by a passageway. All were of course roofed over at one time, presumably by false faulting, that is by the stone courses gradually converging until they came together. The cairns would be used for the entombment of men of high rank, those with passages probably for more than one burial. The precise significance of the self-catering cottage scottish highlands stone circles around the cairns is uncertain, but those to the south-west are the loftiest, a feature which has been noted in other places, and which would seem to suggest some sort of relationship with the position of the sun which must have had a ritual significance.

There are also the remains of paved pathways, possibly processional ways. On the evidence of the passage-grave tradition, Douglas Simpson has suggested the cairns may be of the Bronze Age rather than Neolithic, but as they date from 1500 B.C. or earlier in this northern region, the latter attribution must seem to be the more likely. They are among the best-preserved self-catering cottage scottish highlands relics of their time in this country, and are under the care of the Ancient Monuments division of the Department of the Environment. Under the same supervision is another monument a few miles to the north, and 12 miles west of Inverness. It is Fort George, at the tip of the Ardersier peninsula which projects towards the Black isle and divides the Inverness Firth from the much wider waters of the Moray Firth. Fort George is one of the places which everybody knows about, but which only a relatively small number of people ever visit, and let it be said emphatically that it is well worth making the diversion from the A96, the Inverness-Nairn self-catering cottage scottish highlands road.

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