Here we take a look at a number of attractions across our area where visitors can feel the closest connection with our local Highland history – good, bad and ugly...
Sometimes referred to as the Fairy Glen, this ancient forest site is somewhere it is entirely possible to believe in magic! Local legend has it that the glen is home to fairies who are responsible for the building of the bridge – and who make their homes thereabouts. Eyes open and camera at the ready when you visit!
A must see for anyone with an interest in Highland history – Culloden Battlefield is the site of the last bloody battle of the Jacobite uprising, where many souls were lost. Visitors the battlefield (which benefits from a dedicated visitors centre as well as offering walking access to the actual scene of the battle) often tell of a haunting feeling that the site evokes – with a number of people reporting being moved to tears by the feeling created.
Hauntingly beautiful, Loch Ness is a place that certainly stirs the soul. Take a cruise or a road trip and check out the ruins of Urquhart Castle which has stood sentinel over these legendary waters throughout the Centuries and don’t forget to keep a watch for our area’s most famous resident, the Loch Ness Monster.
This Bronze Age burial site is a fascinating place to visit, with its three burial cairns believed to be the last resting place of a long-lost society’s elite. At the turn of the millennium, the BBC reported that a tourist who had removed a stone from the site had returned it by post to the Inverness Tourist Office believing that the act had cursed his family with a run of bad luck. The stone was placed back on the site and visitors are asked to please take only photographs when visiting this important part of our Highland heritage.
Situated on the shores of Loch Ness, below the site of the infamous Boleskine House, once home to the occultist Aleister Crowley, Boleskine Graveyard finds itself at the centre of local lore about witchcraft and religion. While the medieval church it once sat beside is no longer, the site still boasts a small “mort house” building, where coffined bodies would once lay under guard until such time as they were no longer of use to body snatchers!