|Trying to pick it up... hehe|
|On clear days, there is a great view of Bennachie from the car park at that stone circle.|
Our next stop was the GlenDronach Distillery. We took some back roads to get to the A96, and we happily stumbled upon a monument dedicated to the memory of the Battle of Harlaw.
"The Battle of Harlaw was one of the bloodiest battles of the Medieval period in
Scotland. The MacDonald army under the command of Domhnall MacDonald, the
Lord of the Isles, was advancing on Aberdeen to defend his control over the Earldom
of Ross. The Earl of Mar, Alexander Stewart, was sent by his uncle, the governor
Duke of Albany, to stop them. The outcome of the battle was militarily inconclusive,
both sides claimed victory despite each having suffered heavy losses.
The consequence of the battle was to halt MacDonald’s advance towards Aberdeen
and bring his campaign to an end. The Duke of Albany quickly seized a firm grip on
the Earldom of Ross and the Lord of the Isles, who had been the chief internal threat
to Stewart control of Scotland, was forced relinquish his claim in the Treaty of
Lochgilphead in 1412. Robert, the Duke of Albany, was left in control of Scotland as
governor for the imprisoned James I. " - Historic Scotland- (More info: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/battleofharlaw.pdf)
It's getting late, and I'm sleepy, especially after a night of Kung Fu with 60 push-ups, so I'll wait until tomorrow to tell you about our FANTASTIC tour of the GlenDronach Distillery (pronounced, "Glen-drawnuck").