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Category: Clark’s Caledonia

I am more than just an inflatable woman

"It's not often I get email from a monster. And I would have ignored it, had it not contained such a heartfelt plea. But the obvious pain and suffering incurred in the arduous use of the keyboard with webbed feet, brought a tear to my eye." Mike Clark shares an email from the Loch Ness Monster.

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You would think a castle would have an indoor loo

"The North East of Scotland is home to a veritable feast of castles, both restored and in ruins. One which has been restored to its former glory is the Castle of Fyvie." Mike describes Fyvie Castle, owned and built by five families, including its own stately outhouse...

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An uplift for a saggy pair

"What do the adjacent castles of Sinclair and Girnigoe, on the outskirts of Wick, Caithness, have in common with The Valley of the Kings and the Great Wall of China?" How the World Monuments Fund is drawing attention to the imminent collapse of two historic Caithness castles.

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Bisto’s Tale

"Twelve years ago, I found a Jack Russell, late on a summer Sunday evening, quite unconcernedly chasing a paper bag along the middle of a public road, close by the car park of a popular local forest walk. Fortunately, there was little in the way of traffic. So little, in fact, that the car park was empty. Totally devoid of any potential owners. And the dog was collarless and completely anonymous." How Mike met his four-legged friend Bisto.

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We may have been amused

"Droves of cattle once made the strength-sapping journey from the Highlands of Scotland over the Eastern Cairngorms to the markets of Crieff and Falkirk. The Highland weather was just too severe for over-wintering cattle." Mike takes a hike along the old drovers' paths around Loch Muick in the Eastern Cairngorms.

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