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Rovistando tra le mie vecchie diapositive ho riscoperto alcune immagini dei miei viaggi passati.
Ho postato questa che ritrae il Loch Ness ed il castello di Urquhart durante un temporale.
La foto è stata scannerizzata per cui chiedo scusa per la bassa qualità tecnica.

Il castello di Urquhart è situato lungo le rive del Loch Ness (forse il più famoso lago della Scozia). Si raggiunge percorrendo la strada A82, tra Fort William e Inverness. È posto nelle vicinanze del villaggio di Drumnadrochit.
Non si conosce con esattezza quando il castello fu edificato, ma documenti storici provano che la fortificazione esisteva già prima del XIII secolo.
Per evitare che la costruzione entrasse nelle mani dei giacobiti questa fu fatta esplodere nel 1692.
Oggi il castello è di proprietà del National Trust for Scotland.
( da Wikipedia )
Il lago è noto anche per i vari avvistamenti, mai provati scientificamente, del mostro preistorico, chiamato affettuosamente "Nessy" dalla gente del posto.



Urquhart Castle sits beside Loch Ness in Scotland along the A82 road, between Fort William and Inverness. It is close to the village of Drumnadrochit. Though extensively ruined, it was in its day one of the largest strongholds of medieval Scotland, and remains an impressive structure, splendidly situated on a headland overlooking Loch Ness.
It is not known precisely when the castle was built, but records show the existence of a castle on this site from the early 1200s. The area had been granted to the Durward family in 1229, and they were probably the builders of the castle. It was certainly in existence in 1296, as it was captured by Edward I of England at this time. Sir Robert Lauder of Quarrelwood was Constable of Urquhart Castle in 1329, and his grandson Robert Chisholm succeeded him in 1359. The castle was seized from the Crown in the mid-fifteenth century by the Earl of Ross, but recovered shortly afterwards. In 1509 it was given as a gift to the Grants, whose ownership lasted until 1912. During this period, the MacDonalds captured the castle in 1545, while it was also captured by a Covenanter force in 1644. The castle was then largely destroyed in 1692 by Williamite troops who had been holding the castle against Jacobite forces. The intention was to ensure that the castle could not become a Jacobite stronghold, an intention that was fully achieved as the castle was never repaired and remained as a ruin. Subsequent plundering of the stonework for re-use by locals, and natural decay, further reduced the ruins.
The castle is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, and run by Historic Scotland as a site within the Guardianship of Scottish Ministers.
( from Wikipedia )

The lake is famous for its preistoric monster, called "Nessy" by local people.

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