Monday, 6 August 2012

Castle Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness. For 500 years it was
an enormously important medieval fortress and as such open to
many raids and power struggles. From the 13th to the 17th centuries
it suffered many bloody attacks. At one time, after the invasion of
Scotland by Edward the First, it came into English hands. Another time
it was the base for Robert the Bruce, King of Scots. Most attacks though
were the work of the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles. These were in the
15th and 16th centuries. Eventually the Grants, who owned it latterly, gave up
and abandoned it after an enormous explosion destroyed much of the main fortress.
Now it is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

That wee black bit in the loch is not the Loch Ness Monster....but it is close to the
most recently reported sighting.

I've never seen the monster but way back in the early seventies when I was filming
'Pathfinder' for the BBC I spent a bit of time with the Loch Ness Investigation people
and saw some pretty convincing photographs taken under water.

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