It’s just hours away by jet, but for now I have to admire Castle Grant with pictures taken by others. My dad always wanted to travel to Scotland, but never had the time. Well-versed in the history of Scotland and the responsibilities of the clan laird, he taught us the importance of caring for one another and debating or fighting for what’s right.
On long trips, we listened to ballads like the Skye Boat Song. The Battle of Culloden was the last land battle fought in the UK, and aye, the blood was spilled – oops, sorry, that was my dad’s way of encouraging us to listen and learn. . In less than an hour, over a thousand Jacobites and 300 Hanoverians were killed.
I thought it was sad that Bonnie Prince Charlie was in so much danger that he was disguised as an Irish spinning maid, put into a boat outside of Benbecula, and taken to Skye for safety. The sea, although rough, was safer than land.
Flora McDonald petitioned for and received a pass to sail from Benbecula to Skye. She was later arrested for her part in Charles Edward Stuart’s escape. While she was subjected to heaven knows what kind of conditions in the Tower of London, Prince Charlie sailed to France.
The castle is a mile north of Grantown-on-Spey. It wasted away over time and was finally restored during the 1990s. Sold in 2006, it was seized several years late for nonpayment and sold to foreign investors in 2014.
One of Scotland’s best salmon fishing rivers, River Spey near Castle Grant offers an incredible opportunity for fly fishing. The River Tay is also an excellent river for fishing. I think that there is a fishing gene that has been passed down from generation to generation. My dad loved to fish!
|Bridge on the River Tay|
Where would you like to travel if you received an all-expenses-paid trip? When I get to Scotland, I'd like to stay a night at the Tay Hotel.