Aberdeen Angus - Black hornless Cattle bred for beef. Delicious!
Ae - Tiny village in Dumfriesshire with the shortest name.
Though, if you include Gaelic words, then the shortest place name is actually I (Gaelic meaning: Iona).
Arbroath - A special place, as it was here in this east coast town, that the nobles met and signed the Declaration of Arbroath.
It was drawn up in the Abbey here.
This coastal town is also renown for Smokies (See next entry).
And I had one of the nicest Fish Suppers here, from the aptly named 'Golden Haddock'. P
Arbroath Smokie - A Haddock, which is smoked over a beechwood fire.
It is said, that the Smokie actually originated at Auchmithie (Just 3 miles north of Arbroath), when a fishermans cottage burnt down and the fish which were stored in the loft, survived been burnt, just suffered smoke damage.
Not wanting to waste their precious catches, it was soon discovered that they tasted delicious!
Ardnamurchan Point - The most westerly point of the British mainland.
Its name, means 'Point of the Great Ocean'.
The Lighthouse here stands 118ft high on a 60ft cliff and I was told, that the light can be visible for 18miles.
Ardvreck Castle - Standing on Loch Assynt, is this ruin from the 15th century. It was the seat of the Macleods, who abandoned it after a siege and were ousted by the Mackenzies.
The Marquis of Mackenzies was also imprisoned here. P
Assynt - Sutherland.
Has to be one of my all time favourite places in Scotland.
Stunning landscapes, some of the nicest coastline, a rich diversity of Flora & Fauna, fascinating history and great walks etc etc
I never tire of visiting here and see something new every time I do.
And you can often feel like you are the only person here. Can not recommend Assynt enough.
B974 - Cairn o'mount road, from Fettercairn to Banchory, Aberdeenshire and is often the first road to close in winter due to the snow.
Bankfoot - Just off the A9 above Perth, sits the village of Bankfoot, the Perthshire Visitor Centre is here and it makes a handy stop for when travelling north.
Bealach Na Ba - 'Pass of the Cattle'
This road to Applecross, at 2,053ft, is the third highest road in Great Britain.
And it is 5miles with a 1in4 gradient. Sheer drops, sharp bends and hair-raising passing places, but all this is momentarily forgotten when you stop to take in the stunning views at the top (Unless it is foggy of course). Park up at the top (Wrap up, as I have never known it warm up there) and take in the views across to Skye and the Cuillins.
There is usually a Deer or two watching you as you venture up (I prefer going up and usually follow the coast road after Applecross, but you need plenty of time for that).
Beinn Eight National Nature Reserve - In Wester-ross, established in 1951 and was Britains first!
Ben MacDhui - Scotlands second highest mountain at 4,295ft and is haunted by 'The Big Grey Man'.
Ben Nevis - 'The Mountain with its head in the clouds'.
View our highest mountain from anywhere in Glen Nevis and you would doubt it is the highest, as to be honest, compared to many, it is a bit of a shapeless lump.
The footpath, was originally formed in 1883. so people could access the observatory to record weather conditions.
It is of course a popular route now a days.
Allow yourself 3&1/2hrs to reach the summit. On a clear day, you are rewarded with views from Ben Lomond to Torridon and from The Cairngorms to the Outer Hebrides.
Some have been lucky enough to see Ireland apparently, but that has been on exceptional days!
Birnam - Sits west of the River Tay and is the community which adjoins Dunkeld by the bridge. It is associated by two of the most famous authors ever!
Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter.
Miss Potter, would come for holidays here in her childhood and Birnam was used for some of the Peter Rabbit stories. There is a wee Beatrix Potter Exhibition & Garden open to the public.
Shakespeare wrote ...'
Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are. Macbeth shall never vanquisht be, until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him'.
Blair Atholl - The Castle is just stunning and I would recommend a visit to anyone.
The Duke of Atholl, is the only person in Britain allowed to have a private army, 'The Atholl Highlanders'. P
Bridge of Orchy Hotel - Not just for walkers, skiers, fishermen etc. This is a great place to stop off for a bite to eat.
Some great images adorn the walls of winters past. Friendly bar and you'll always meet someone of interest.
And Dogs welcome here too, both McBasil & Barclay have spent time lounging in front of the woodburning stove here!
Brodick - Isle of Arran.
The largest and busiest village on the isle.
Great views of Goat Fell from here.
And this is where the main of the ferries sail into. Though got to say, I prefer the Claonaig Ferry, shorter sail, but can mean a longer road trip for some.
Cairngorms - The largest National Nature Reserve.
Calda House - This house was built by the Mackenzies in 1726, using stone from its near neighbour, Ardvreck Castle.
It only stood for 11 years, as it was burnt down in 1737 during clan fighting. P
Calum's Road - Isle of Raasay.
One man, with a pick, a shovel and a wheelbarrow, set off one morning to begin making a 1&3/4mile length road.
10 years later, he completed this amazing feat.
I suggest you read the book; Calum's Road by Roger Hutchinson before visiting Raasay, the drive along this road (North of the Isle) and be amazed, what a man! P
Castle Douglas - The Food Town of Dumfries and Galloway.
Castle Sween - Is, the earliest stone built Castle in Scotland, which has now stood in ruins since 1647.
It sits on the east side of Loch Sween, Knapdale.
And it is Alistair's (My partner) favourite. NOT!
I had wanted to see this Castle and in my wisdom, I thought we could drive down this minor road, which does come to a dead end, but using my wisdom again, I saw on the map, that it showed a track at the road end, which crossed land and would come out near Ellarg. Brilliant, instead of turning round, we would drive over this track to do a circular route.
So, we travelled along this road (Narrow, which at the time, was full of potholes), it was very heavy rain and Alistair just was not into this wee adventure, I tried to reassure him that it would all be worth it. We reached the end of this 11mile hotpoley road, only to find that there was a heavily chained and padlocked metal gate, meaning absolutely no way were we going to use my found track.
So yes, it was a complete turn around and back oop that 11mile potholed road! To this day, if I suggest a drive down a wee road I've discovered, that Alistair will still comment on it, saying, that it was the worst drive of his life!
But, you do get some pleasant views of Loch Sheen and theres a nice selection of Seabirds & Waders to watch. Castle Sween itself, is sadly surrounded by a Static Caravan Park, which does sort of take the edge off things. P
Chantry Point - Is on the Black Isle overlooking the Moray Firth and is where many folk visit to go and view Dolphins. But also here, is a memorial for Kevin Mackenzie, aka the 'Brahan Seer', who predicted the Battle of Olden, North Sea Oil and that Scotland would have its own Parliament.
He was put to death here by the Countess of Seaforth. P
Clashnessie - The name means 'Valley of the Waterfall'.
And there is one to be found approx 1/2mile up river.
I have very happy memories from this place, so beautiful and peaceful. It is not unusual for you to have the beach (Or a big part of it to yourself).
Perfect place for a paddle. P
Clatteringshaws Loch - A reservoir, that was created in the early 1930's, as part of the Galloway Hydro Electric Scheme. P
Coignafeuinternich - In Inverness-shire and has the longest place name in Scotland.
Corrieshalloch - Meaning 'Ugly Hollow'.
It is a mile long Gorge and is 60m deep.
Stop off for a visit to see if you dare walk the suspension bridge here!
The bridge, was actually built by Sir John Fowler, who was one of the chief engineers behind the Forth Bridge.
Corsewall Lighthouse - At Corsewall Point, Kirkcolm, Rhins of Galloway.
A functioning Lighthouse, which is also a Hotel.
They serve to non-residents too and serves possibly the nicest Shortbread I have ever tasted! P
Crabbit - Grumpy or bad-tempered.
Something Alistair calls me, but don't believe a word of it!
Creel - Wickerwork type trap for catching Lobsters and Shellfish. P
Cromarty - A Royal Burgh, which sits on the Cromarty Firth.
The birth place to Hugh Miller and you can visit his old cottage here, which is run by the National Trust for Scotland.
The popular car ferry to Nigg departs from here.
Culloden - If there is a battlefield you should visit, then this is it.
Near Inverness, it is the site of the last major battle, which took place back in April 1746.
Great exhibition centre telling you everything you need to know, but for me, it is the feel of the place, I do not think anyone could fail to be moved by this historic site.
Culross Abbey - Fife.
There is an underground passage, which runs under this Abbey and there sits a man in a golden chair waiting to give treasures to those who happen to come across him.
Though, folk who purposely go in search of him, are never seen again!
Diabaig - So, you've arrived at the wonderful Torridon, well do yourself a favour and drive right through the village and take the wee road to Diabaig.
Many folk won't and I guess, that is part of its charm? But, I'm saying DO IT!
Follow this minor road of approx 9miles (For some, it can be more hair-raising than Applecross), with twist and turns, ups and downs, you may wonder where you are heading, but you will eventually arrive at Upper Diabaig, then take the short but steep hill down to Lower Diabaig. And Enjoy. P
Doocots - Dove House/Pigeon House.
Were important to Scotland as the scots were defending their country.
As Pigeons years ago, were unable to be destroyed by invading armies, so the Doocots provided emergency meat rations (Also handy for those long winters).
You could receive a severe penalty like lashing for illegal raiding of them (Even children) or even put to death!
In the 1600's, it was decided that too many had been built. You see, Pigeons would feed themselves and mainly on the crops! So a law was enacted to try and remedy this. P
Drummore - Small harbour village on The Rhins of Galloway and is the most southerly settlement in Scotland.
Dunkeld - Sitting on the east side of the River Tay, is Dunkeld. A lot is packed in to this charming place. And it was proclaimed to be Scotlands Ecclesiastical Capital by Kenneth MacAlpine way way back in 850!
The Cathedral is well with walking round, with the effigy of the 'Wolf of Badenoch'. And of course, the famous seven arched Thomas Telford Bridge, which leads you across the Tay to Birnam.
And ... there is the Fiddler! First person to tell me what I mean, wins a small signed print!
Dunnet Head - The most northerly point on the mainland.
A breeding site for birds and is run by the RSPB.
The Lighthouse here was built by Robert Stevenson.
Duntottar Castle - 2 miles south of Stonehaven.
Three sides of this castle, are surrounded by the north sea.
It was here, in 1297, that William Wallace torched it, burning all the english soldiers that were in it.
Dunvegan Castle - Isle of Skye.
The seat of Clan Macleod and is the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland.
Worth visiting and you'll find the odd sandy bay around that area too.
Dysart - In the collieries around Dysart (Fife), it is thought by miners, that before a storm of wind, the sound of the Bagpipes can be heard coming from the minerals there.
Eas a' Chual Alunin - 'Waterfall of the Beautiful Tresses'
This is Scotlands highest waterfall and also Britains highest. It has a drop of 658ft.
You can reach it by foot, but, an easier option, is for you to get on one of the boat trips, which depart from near the Kylesku Hotel, Assynt, Sutherland.
Ebenezer Place - Wick.
One door and one address, as this is the shortest street in the world, at just 2.06m!
Ecclefechan - Birth place of historian Thomas Carlyle.
Eddrachillis Bay - Dotted with uninhabited Islands and it is said, that there is one for each day of the year. Simply beautiful. P
Edradour Distillery - The smallest distillery in Scotland, found near Pitlochry.
(And if you happen to stagger out of here, just make sure the TV cameras aren't around, it happened to my friend Dawn and I some years back now lol).
Encyclopaedia Britannica - Was founded in Edinburgh in 1768 by Colin Macfarguhar and Andrew Bell.
Fowlis Wester - In this small village, stands the parish church of St Bean and in this very church, you can see a piece of 'McBean Tartan'.
What is so special about this piece of tartan is, that fact that it has been to the moon and back, with Astronaut Alan Bean, who was on Apollo 12 and was the 4th man to walk on the moon. P
Fuskie - An old fashioned word for Whisky.
Galloway Forest Park - Largest forest park in Britain, at over 300sq mile.
Ghillie - Can be spelt Gillie. A person who guides Anglers and Stalkers, looks after a stretch of river or hill/moorland. P
Glamis Castle - Meant to be the most haunted place in Scotland.
Glasgow Green - The oldest public park.
Glen Turret Distillery - In Perthshire and is the oldest distillery in Scotland.
Glenuig - It was here, that the famous 'The Eight Men of Moidart' dance was originated.
When the men of Glenuig first heard Prince Charles edward was coming here, they prepared this dance for him.
Gowf - Old fashioned name for Golf.
Guga - A controversial issue, as it is Salted Gannet.
Hebrides - The Western Isles.
A group of over 500 islands pff the west coast of Scotland.
You get the Inner Hebrides (Nearest to the mainland) and the Outer Hebrides, which lie further out in the Atlantic.
Inchnadamph - Means 'Stags Meadow'.
A crofting community at the head of Loch Assynt.
Inverness-shire - The largest county in Scotland.
Iolaire - On 31st December 1918, this vessel ran aground at the mouth of Stornaway Harbour.
Nearly 300 naval veterans of The Great War were onboard, over 200 drowned.
It became Britains biggest peacetime disaster at sea since the Titanic.
It is still upsetting for some of the families to discuss today.
And instead of me trying to relate more of this story to you, I highly recommend the book; 'When I Heard The Bell', the loss of Iolaire written by John Macleod.
It grips you from the start and will stay with you forever.
Isle of Mull - Balamory probably comes to mind!
Mull, is the second largest of the isles, its highest point, us Ben More at 3140ft.
And apart from Skye, Mull is the only other place to boast a Munro in the Hebrides.
It has over 300miles of coastline and is haven fore wildlife.
I just love Mull.
Isle of Raasay - Meaning, The Isle of the Roe Deer, or Roe Deer island.
it is home to a endemic subspecies of Bank Vole, which is found nowhere else in the world.
The isle is 14miles long and is 3miles at its widest point.
It is worth visiting for Calum's Road alone (See Calum's Road entry).
Isle of Seil - Ring of Bright Water was filmed here.
Janet Horne - This woman, was the last witch to be executed in the highlands, burnt to death in a tar barrel.
The execution took place in Dornoch and in inscribed stone marks the spot.
John Muir - Born in Dunbar.
John Muir became one of the worlds leading conservationists.
See the Links Page to be taken to the John Muir Trust site.
Kilchoan - Village of west Ardnamurchan, which looks across the firth to the north of Mull.
For an out of the way place, there are ample amenities here for you to stay and really explore the area. I can guarantee you, that it is worth doing so!
Kilt - Don't call it a skirt!
Kilt Rock - On the Isle of Skye and ia aptly because of its tartan like pattern on the rocks. P
Kirk - A Church.
Litter - FFS, take it home!!!
My pet hate!
Keep Scotland Clean!
Loch - The word Loch, comes from Gaelic and means 'Body of Water'.
There are over 31,000 fresh water lochs in Scotland. (Somehow don't think I will get them all listed here)
And there are over 200 Sea Lochs.
Loch Ness is largest by volume, but Loch Lomond is largest by surface and it has 30 islands!
Loch Morar is the deepest at 1017ft.
And Loch Awe, is the longest.
Lochan - Means small Loch.
Loch Enoch - Kirkcudbrightshire.
In the middle of this loch is an island and there is another wee loch on that island.
Making it, a Loch within a Loch.
The only such feature in Scotland.
Loch Fyne - The longest of Scotlands sea lochs at 41miles.
Used to be famous for its Herring.
Loch Ken - In Glen Ken and the area known as the 'Glenkins', Dumfries and Galloway.
A place well known for water-sports.
Loch Maree - The island in Loch Maree (Innis Maree), was a ancient healing sanctuary and there is a Well of Virtues there, named after Saint Maelrubhá.
Montrose Basin - Angus.
An unusual river basin and great place for waders and wildfowl, especially late summer onwards.
Mull of Galloway - Sitting at the bottom of the Rhins, is the Mull of Galloway. It is the most southerly point in Scotland and this is where Scotland ends.
Visit the RSPB reserve here, a haven for nature and stand (Carefully) on the cliff tops, to take in the view of Cumbria, the Isle of Man and Ireland.
It is breathtaking!
Newton Stewart - 17th century Market Town on the River Cree, Dumfries and Galloway.
And you can do a nice and easy circular walk round the River Cree, which takes up to an hour, starts and finishes from Sparling Bridge carpark (Handy). P
Old Deer - South of Fraserburgh.
I have yet to visit, but I think its a great name.
Old man of Storr - Found on the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye.
The Storr, is a hill of 2,358ft, but at the end, stands about a dozen monolithic pinnacles. The biggest, is the Old Man.
You can easily pinpoint him out as you're driving along and with a wee bit of puff, you can easily walk up to him from a carpark just off the roadside.
It was a great landmark for ships in the Sound of Raasay.
You could visit Raasay one day, then the Storr another, to see where you are heading and where you have been.
Parritch - You eat it, its Porridge!
Passing Places - There is a clue in the name!
Peterhead - The Blue Toon.
The largest town in Aberdeenshire and has Europe's largest White Fish Port.
Quinag - Big Mountain! One which is stretched out with 7 tops!
It is 2653ft at the summit.
Approach from the east for an easier assent and take in the stunning views to the Outer hebrides. P
River Shin - Renown for the 'Falls of Shin' with the spectacular Salmon leaping.
It is said, that the river never freezes, as it was blessed by Christ for the Salmon one moonlit night. P
Rivers - River Tay is Scotlands longest at 115miles long.
River Scavaig is the shortest at just a mere 250yards.
RNIL - Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
45 Lifeboat Stations in Scotland, all run by volunteers.
So your support is invaluable. P
Schiehallion - 'The Fairy Hill' of the Caledonians.
Unmistakable mountain of 3546ft.
Seen on the horizon from many places in Highland Perthshire.
A popular munro for bagging and is run by the John Muir Trust.
Scottish Mist - An old Scottish Proverb says ...
When the mist taks to the hills
Then gude weather it doth spill:
When the mist taks to the sea
Then gude weather it will be
Single Track Roads - Slow doon!
Skean-dhu - Pronounced skee-an-doo
Short bladed dagger which you will see worn in the top of the right sock on a mans highland dress.
Smoo Cave - Sutherland.
You can view its situ from a safe barrier, but seriously, don't be afraid and venture in with one of the expert guides leading you (Well, steering you in a Kayak).
It is a must when you are up at Cape Wrath, truly spectacular!
Stoer - Well worth the drive! Though, I've never known it not to be windy here.
There is the Stevenson Lighthouse (Built 1870), which stands at over 100ft above sea level.
And then we have the views across the wide open water, simply spectacular!
Waves break on the reefs below, Gulls and Fulmars swoop below you and if you are in luck, Dolphins and Whales can be seen too.
Also, the popular 2mile walk to 'Old Man of Stoer' starts here, crossing the moorland, onto high cliffs (Beware of those winds)!
The 220ft stack, stands off the shore and is much loved by the seabirds. P
South Uist - The birth place of Flora MacDonald in 1722.
Stonehaven - It was here in 1715, that James VII was proclaimed King after he landed at the harbour.
Each Hogmanay, Stonehaven hold the traditional Fireball Festival. This is thought to have stemmed from paganism and the balls of fire, are to attract the suns return after the dark days.
Tartan - The worlds first colour photograph (1861), was of a tartan ribbon. Photographed by James Clerk Maxwell, born in Edinburgh.
The Gloamin - Is early evening in Scotland.
The Three lemons - Fancy a Burger/Takeaway?
Then forget your regular fast food places and head for The Three Lemons, 32 Dunkeld Street, Aberfeldy.
Stylish place, great menu of Burgers, Pizza, Meat, Fish etc & blooming delicious!
Thomas Telford - The Great Engineer of Scotland.
Born in Westerkirk near Moffat, buried in Westminster Abbey.
Twynholm - Dumfries and Galloway.
For fans of Formula 1. Here you will find the David Coulthard museum.
Unicorn - Scotlands National Animal.
Wanlockhead - Highest Village in Scotland at 1531ft.
Wanlockhead Railway - Britains highest railway at 1498ft.
Wigtown - Allow yourself some time for visiting here, as it is Scotlands National Book Town.
Perfect for a rainy day.
Wolf - The last Wolf in Scotland was killed in Morayshire back in 1743.
Also at Lothbeg in Sutherland, is the 'Wolf Stone'. It marks the place where the last Wolf in Sutherland was killed, by a hunter called Polson in 1700.
Wood of Cree - A RSPB Nature Reserve which is worth a visit.
Gives you a nice view point of the River Cree & Otter Pool (Though I've not seen one there) and has really lovely woodland walks, springtime especially.