RUADHS LOTHIANS SCOTTISH HISTORY TRAIL

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CASTLES THE POWER BASE O SCOTLAND ARE EVERWHERE YOU GO AND GO BACK TO ANCIENT TIMES AND ARE STILL HERE TODAY TO GO AND SEE THERE MIGHTY WALLS AGAINST THERE FOES  AND IF WALLS COULD TALK WHAT GREAT TALES WE WOULD HAVE TO PASS DOWN MORE HISTORY AND SECRETS

 Castles started off as wooden forts, then after 1066 the mighty stone castles started to appear over all the land, for defence and safety and power over the people. There were earlier structures called a (sounds like) Brock!

On the Isles of Scotland before castles became widespread each Castle owner could call the people in his land to battle when the need arose, this was very often the case.

Cromwell destroyed a good many castles in Scotland, but we still have some of the best in the world....Go visit them, feel the history, enjoy the past and take it all in, because this is YOUR Heritage, as a Scots Celt. eg, Stirling castle, Edinburgh Castle. Linlithgow Palace etc.   link HTTP://WWW.ELECTICSCOTLAND.COM/HISTORY

BLACKNESS CASTLE

SEA PORT ON THE FIRTH OF FORTH, ALSO GARRISON AND PRISON FOR THE FRENCH

ON THE PLAIN ABOVE IT IS RECORED AN EARLY IRON AGE SETTLEMENT WAS THERE

MIDHOPE CASTLE

ALSO NEAR THE SHORE LINE FIRST CASTLE THEN MANSION IN MORE PEACEFUL TIMES

ALSO HAD A CONNECTION WITH THE FRENCH NOBLES AND TEMPLARS

ABERCORN CASTLE

ALSO NEAR SHORE LINE THIS SITE WAS DESTROYED. THE SITE IS JUST A MOUND NOW NOT FAR FROM ABERCORN CHURCH IN THE WOODS BEHIND

HOPE TOWER

WAS IN THE CENTER OF HOPETON ESTATE NOW A RUIN

THE BINS

SEAT OF THE DAYELL FAMILY WITH LARGE TOWER BEHIND ON HILL TOP

DUNTARVIE CASTLE

AT PRESENT BEING RESTORED AND HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS???

NIDDRY CASTLE

SETON FAMILY AND MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS RESTORED AND IS UNDERGOING POINTING

EXTERNAL WORKS WITH THE HELP OF HISTORIC SCOTLAND WITH NEW OWNER, FROM

MY TIME AS PROJECT MANAGER ITS GOOD TO SEE POSITIVE WORK ONGOING THERE

KIPPS CASTLE

IS A RUIN NOW, BUT STILL HAS SOME NICE ASHLAR STONE WORK AND FEATURES

ON THE LOCKCOTE SIDE ALSO GOOD BARREL VAULTING THAT IS NOW THE HOME

TO THE PROTECTED BAT COLONY THAT LIVE THERE IN THIS ANCIENT RUIN,

 ALSO A CAIRN NEAR THE ENTRANCE IN THE FIELD, BUT WAS ROBBED MANY YEARS HENCE BUT STILL THERE TODAY COVERED IN WHIN BUSHES, THUS IT IS LEFT ALONE.

BATHGATE CASTLE

NOW GONE THE BRUCE'S DAUGHTER MARJORY AND WALTER THE HIGH STEWARD

SPENT THERE HONEYMOON THERE AND THIS GAVE START TO THE STEWART LINE.

THE CASTLE WAS ON THE BATHGATE GOLF COURSE, IT ALSO WAS USED AS HUNTING LODGE.

COUSTON CASTLE

THE RUIN HAD TO BE REMOVED AS IT WAS IN A DANGEROUS STATE. THE HAMILTON

FAMILY HAD TO CALL IN HISTORIC SCOTLAND TO APPROVE AND OVERSEE THE WORK

STEINS CASTLE

THE RUIN IS STILL THERE AT WHITECROSS BEHIND THE OLD BRICKWORKS

LINLITHGOW PALACE

HAS A GREAT PLACE IN HISTORY. THE STEWART LINE KINGS, QUEENS WERE ALL THERE.

IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IT WOULD BE RESTORED AND REROOFED AS PART OF HISTORY,

THE PALACE WAS BUILT UPON A EARLY HILL FORT WHICH IS ALWAY COMMON PLACE.

BRIDGE CASTLE

THIS CASTLE  IS 5MINS FROM ARMADALE AND WAS RESTORED AND MADE INTO FLATS.

ITS IS A DELIGHT TO WANDER ROUND THIS CASTLE. THE GARDENS ARE WELL KEPT 

AND  YOU CAN SEE HOW  DIFFERENT PERIODS JOIN TOGETHER AS ONE.

TORPHICEN

FULL OF HISTORY AS I DESCRIBED BEFORE... IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF ON MY HISTORY PAGE.

STIRLING CASTLE

AGAIN STANDS ON ITS MIGHTY ROCK AND IS THE GATEWAY TO THE HIGHLANDS

KINGS HAVE COME AND WENT BUT IN MY MIND THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE CAPITIAL

THE BATTLE O STIRLING BRIDGE WAS WATCHED FROM HERE AS WALLCE BEAT THE

AULD ENEMY AND THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM WAS ON AND CAME THE BRUCE AT

BANNOCK BURN AND AGAIN GREAT SLAUGHTER TO THE AULD ENEMY AND FREEDOM

WAS SET WITH THIS BATTLE UNDER THE SHADOW O MIGHTY STIRLING CASTLE

IF ONLY CASTLE COULD TALK WHAT SECRECTS AND MYSTERYS WOULD THEY GIVE UP

WATCHING THE BATTLES DOWN BELOW FOR WALLACE AND BRUCE THEY BROUGHT

GLORY AND PRIDE AND HONOR BACK TO THE SCOTS LET US NEVER FORGET

ON THESE BLOODY LANDS RUN THE BLOOD O OUR CELTS AND CLANS FOREVER

IN THERE DEBTS TO HONOR THEM BOTH NOT JUST AS SCOTS BUT WARRIORS

AND THERE PASSION FOR THERE PEOPLE OUR KEY WORD IS STILL FREEDOM

BLACKNESS CASTLE SHAPED LIKE A SHIP WAS A PORT A GARRISON AND A PRISON FOR THE FRENCH AND MANY MORE SITS ON THE RIVER FORTH AS YOU SEE ANOTHER CASTLE TO GO AND SEE ALL INTACKED

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THE ROYAL FLAG THE LION RAMPANT

 THE BINS CASTLE

STIRlING CASTLE ON ITS MIGHTY ROCK LOOK DOWN ON BANNOCKBURN AS THE BRUCE AND THE SCOTS ARMY SLAUGHTER EDWARDS ARMY AND STILL IN ANCIENT LOTHIANS FREEDOM THAT DAY WAS WON AND EDWARDS ARMY WAS NO MORE A THREAT TO SCOTLAND FOR 100 YEARS AND MORE

EDINBURGH CASTLE CAPITIAL O SCOTLAND STANDS ON ITS MIGHTY ROCK WAS A CASTLE FULL O TREASON AND PLOTS AND WOULD OPEN ITS GATE RATHER THAN FIGHT THE FOE THE STONE O DESTINY IS THER EVER KING FROM THE 6CAD WERE CROWNED ON THIS AS THEY SAT AND ONLY A MACDUFF COULD CROWN A KING THE STONE SHOULD BE AT SCONE ITS REAL HOME NOT EDINBURH BUT WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THIS

SO GO AND SEE THE STONE O DESTINY AND THE CASTLE AND THE GUN SALUTE

LIVES ON FULL O HISTORY AND MYSTERY AS YOU GO THERE YOU WILL SEE

AND STILL IN ANCIENT LOTHIANS SEE KING LOTH FROM WHICH THE NAME COMES

FROM AND MANY A SECRET IT DOES HIDE ON ITS MIGHTY ROCK

 

LINLITHGOW PALACE THIS IS WHERE THE STEWART DINISTY STARTED ROBERT THE BRUCES DAUGHTER MARRIED THE HIGH STEWARD O SCOTLAND AND THE PALACE HAS A GREAT HISTORY BEHIND ITS MIGHTY WALLS ALL KINGS AND QUEENS HAVE USED THE PALACE AND WAS BURNED DOWN BY THE TOWN FOLK TO STOP EDWARD AND ENGLISH USING IT FOR WHEN THEY COME TO BATTLE IF THIS WAS IN ANY OTHER LAND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN RESTORED AND ROOF PUT ON AS THE PALACE WAS SO IMPORTANT TO SCOTTISH HISTORY SO THE STEWARTS CONECTION WITH THE PALACE AS EACH NEW KING WAS BORN THERE GO AND SEE THE HISTORY AND THEY CHANGED THE NAME TO STAURT FROM THE FRENCH

FOR 6 YEARS I SPENT AT NIDDRY CASTLE FROM RUIN TO WHAT YOU SEE NOW WAS A SPECIAL TIME IN MY LIFE IT WAS AND HONOR AND WITH PRIDE MY TEAM AND ME BROUGHT THE CASTLE ALIVE AGAIN AS WE DID WITH MIDHOPE AND CARRICK CASTLES

NIDDRY CASTLE THE QUEEN O SCOTS CAME HERE AFTER HER ESCAPE FROM LOCHLEVEN CASTLE AND SPENT THE NIGHT AS LORD SETON HAD RESCUDED HER AND AT AT A COST TO HIS FAMILY AND THE SETONS LOST OUT AND WHEN NEW KING ON THE THRONE THEY GOT ALL BACK WHICH WAS THE NORM IN THESE ANCIENT TIMES BUT MARYS LUCK RAN OUT AND HISTORY TELLS THE REST

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