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But in the long-term interest of the self-catering scottish highlands capital there should first have been a study in depth of what such a capital could and should be, and this long before a sod was turned. Not that the blame belongs with Inverness self-catering scottish highlands alone. If, for example, there was need to add to the number of the four ancient Scottish universities, one of them should have been sited in the self-catering scottish highlands capital, where it might have become a main centre for Celtic studies and therefore meaningful. That there is no institution of higher learning north of a line drawn from Aberdeen through Stirling to Glasgow was quite incomprehensible for self-catering scottish highlands.

Even a lengthy stay in Inverness with self-catering scottish highlands would not produce much material evidence for its being a historic town, but there are a few pointers. We know that about the year A.D. 565 the High King of the Picts, Brude MacMaelchon, was converted to Christianity by Columba, and we are told it happened at the self-catering scottish highlands king’s palace on the banks of the Ness. For palace no doubt one should read fort. There is the remains of a fort on Creag Phadrick a mile or two west of the river’s mouth. The self-catering scottish highlands hill on which the castle now stands is perhaps a more probable site, although yet another hill, Torrean, has claims and in 1808 produced a massive silver chain – in Wales such chains were worn by certain kings instead of crowns. There are a few fragments of pictish sculptured stones of local origin in the town’s self-catering scottish highlands museum on the Castlehill, among them a superbly-outlined wolf from Ardross, dating perhaps to a century after Brude’s time. There was certainly a medieval castle where the present castle stands. Edward I held it on two occasions. At other times it was in the hands of Robert the Bruce, Edward III and the Lords of the Isles. Here too Mary Queen of Scots made merry in self-catering scottish highlands in 1562 after riding all the way from Edinburgh, and said she longed to be a man and ‘to lye all night in the fields.’ By 1651 the self-catering scottish highlands castle must have been ruinous, because in that year Cromwell’s army set about building a fort in which is now the dock area. It is usually called the citadel, but more than one later writer, Boswell among them, refer to it as Oliver’s fort. There is only one building left which existed when Cromwell’s garrison was here. This is Abertarff self-catering scottish highlands House in Church Street, a sixteenth-century structure which takes its name from the estate of Archibald Fraser of Lovat who, however, acquired it only in 1801. It is now the property of the National Trust for Scotland which has restored it beautifully and has leased it to An Comunn Gaidhealach, the Gaelic Society, and has become a sort of information centre for things Highland, an appropriate function. The only other good example of vernacular self-catering scottish highlands architecture in the town is the nearby Dunbar Hospital, built just after the Restoration by Provost Alexander Dunbar as an alms-house.

Even the eighteenth century self-catering scottish highlands is represented by few remains other than the High Church, yet this is a period about which there is no lack of written evidence, from Boswell, Pennant, the egregious Captain Burt, and even General (then Major) Wolfe of Quebec fame himself. The only one of them who leaves a picture of a place in any way attractive and prosperous is Pennant.
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