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Category: Clark’s Caledonia

A beggar and his castle

"It doesn't immediately attract the eye. Ruined and untidy. No car parks or coffee shops. No manicured lawns and flags flying. Sorry. But this is history in the raw." Mike Clark visits Pitsligo Castle and tells the tale of the last Laird.

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Culloden was won in the Kyle of Tongue

"I strolled around the shore of Lochan Hakel hoping to see something glittering in the water. Briefly, I did, but it was only the flash of a trout as it surrendered with a final flourish to a delighted angler. No sign of Prince Charlie's gold, I'm afraid." Mike tells of a shipwreck which may have sealed the Jacobites' fate at Culloden.

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Jake The Dawg’s Lawg

"July 5th: We had a food fight tonight. That was great fun. The Human went out of the room, so we chucked our bowls at each other. Beefy chunks and jelly all over the walls. Like a wallaby had swallowed a hand grenade. The Human wasn't too chuffed, though, and refused to give us more. Spoilsport." An extract from Mike Clark's dog Jake's diary...

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Bisto’s Sequel

"Three days after her visit, Sis phoned. She'd seen an ad in the local paper. It was an eighteen-month-old Old English Sheepdog/Border Collie cross, free to a good home. Cross and age were right. Could it be Zsa-Zsa's brother?" Mike tells the unlikely but true story of how his sister's dog's brother became his new companion!

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The Sailor of Sandwood Bay

"Of course, I'd heard about the ghost of the Bearded Sailor. And so many people had said, 'If you're going to the North West of Scotland, you must go to Sandwood Bay.' I was half expecting a burger van and an ice cream stall, and 'Coaches by Appointment'." Mike Clark visits Sandwood Bay in search of the ghost of the Bearded Sailor.

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