NC 500 The End of the Road

It was time for the final part of our journey and so we aimed for Culloden to see the place where the Scottish, well the Jacobites to be specific, stood against the English for the last time. You can’t really call it an English victory when the Jacobites numbered 5,500 men and the English around 7,500. I guess the numbers are debateable. But it wasn’t a pleasant sight, it must have been a dreadful day for all the men there.

We decided to stay overnight near Inverness rather than drive the 417 miles home in one go. But the real reason was that we wanted to see the Kelpies at Falkirk. Standing 100ft tall they are the largest equine sculptures in the world. They represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coal ships that shaped the geographical layout of Falkirk. Apparently the name represents the mythological beasts that possessed the strength of 100 horses.

The weather on the drive home was beautiful, but of course this is the UK so it would be. I managed to arrive back for 3pm and start a cross-country run at 4pm. Although it’s 500 miles around the north coast of Scotland we managed to clock 1,400 miles, but I guess we forgot to take in the 834 miles from the start and the finish and at least we managed to get new brake discs and pads out of it. 😂 Have a great weekend my friends.

About charliecountryboy

Part-time Carpentry Assessor. writer, runner, guitarist. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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25 Responses to NC 500 The End of the Road

  1. Brockelman says:

    What an adventure; what great things you’ve seen. Thanks for sharing with me.

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  2. Angel says:

    So interesting Charlie! I’ve recently been reading on the Neolithic structures in Scotland. So fascinating.

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  3. Thanks for the tour of Scotland–such a beautiful country. I got chills when I visited Culloden. Of course, I was standing by the mass grave where more than 400 of my Cameron forebears were buried. The Clearances that followed drove my ancestors to America.

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  4. Looks like it’s been a good trip. I’ve been meaning to see the Kelpies for years, so this is more motivation. Also been meaning to do land’s End to John O’ Groats again. So many plans, so little time . . .

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  6. Vinny says:

    Great post. I’ve been to a few places in Scotland and what a beautiful country it is.

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  7. A wonderful journey. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. The Hinoeuma says:

    Hallowed ground. When I did my post on it, I stumbled across this:
    https://britatheart.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/culloden-1745-culloden-2010-2/

    Love those Kelpies!

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    • I’d agree with that, only (I guess from a male point of view) the battlefield must have been horrendous. Yes, it was flat but boggy and the foliage must have made it extremely inhospitable. Apparently not only we’re they poorly armed but exhausted and starving. We Brits don’t have a good reputation when it comes to dealing with “the enemy” in those days. Interesting article 😌

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  9. Fascinating trip. Great posts. My family is from Shetland and it’s been too long since I was last there.

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