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Urquhart Castle

Nestled on the scenic shores of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle is one of Scotland's largest castles, chronicling soul-stirring stories and secrets of the nation. It is said that Urquhart Castle has been on this site since the Iron Age. Standing in ruins for hundreds and thousands of years, parts of this stunning structure have been rebuilt with utmost precision. From Jacobite Risings to Wars of Scottish Independence, the castle, during its heyday, has braved myriad ravages and today, its ruins stand as a striking testament to its storied, legendary past. Situated strategically over a craggy promontory, the castle is further accentuated by the sweeping expanses of the Great Glen and by the iconic Grant Tower which affords astounding views of Loch Ness. The castle boasts a troupe of stirring ruins like the Great Hall which evokes unbridled fascination, the eerie prison cell where tales of the castle's eventful past still linger, and an array of artifacts like the ornate Urquhart Ewer.

Highland Folk Museum

Reckoned as the foremost open-air museum of Britain, the Highland Folk Museum is a fascinating spot for history buffs and culture enthusiasts. Opened for public viewing in 1944, the museum attempts to re-create ancient culture and the old-school way of living as witnessed in the Highlands. The museum comprises reconstructed buildings from the 18th Century, a township belonging to the 1700's, a working farm and various archives and photographs. The museum holds systematic collections of various artifacts that retell the stirring history of the land. Right from agricultural elements, domestic life, crafts, trades and the lives and times of the region’s inhabitants, the wholesome artefacts of the museum chronicle multiple facets.

Loch Ness

One of the most famous lochs (or lakes as non-Scots say) in the world, Loch Ness is best known for its mystery. Its great depth has fueled speculation that within its waters lives a prehistoric animal, or as it is more commonly known, the Loch Ness Monster. Nicknamed "Nessie," this monster features in Scottish myths and legends and each supposed glimpse only adds to the region's rich folklore. Perched above the lake, Urquhart Castle's dramatic history and stark yet scenic location have drawn visitors hoping to soak in the Highland's untamed charm.

Ben Nevis

An astonishing spectacle of ethereal beauty, the 1,345 meter (4,411 feet) Ben Nevis mountain is undoubtedly Scotland's most remarkable crest. The highest mountain in the British Isles is perched along the lofty Highlands near Scotland's Fort William, an idyllic alpine town. Here it blends in with the majestic beauty of the Grampian Mountain ridge, attracting a stripe of experienced hikers and mountaineering enthusiasts every year. Resembling a stark Goliathan vision, the mountain was an active volcano millions of years ago that erupted and consequently caved in on itself, leaving in its wake fragments of pale granite that can still be seen today. Brilliantly shrouded in the mellow glow of the Scottish sun, the mountain features a magically colored gradient along its steep sides that becomes lighter as you reach the apex. The name Ben Nevis roughly translates into 'mountain with its head in the clouds' in Gaelic parlance, a profoundly apt description for this magnificent peak.

The Nevis Centre

The Nevis Centre, located in Fort William, offers year-round events including sporting events, competitions, concert and theater, business conferences and various other functions. The Centre also has a bowling alley with bar and lounge especially designed for local young people to meet and enjoy time together. There is also a Cafe Bar specializing in coffee, for meeting friends or simply relaxing and the main hall can accommodate up to 1500 people.

Claggan Park

Claggan Park is a football stadium located in the quiet and charming outskirts of Fort William. It is located on the foothills of Ben Nevis, the highest point in the UK and is considered to be the most scenic football ground. Nestled in the majestic mountains, it is the home turf of the Fort William Football Club. Games played here are usually a small affair attracting only the loyalists. The highest attendance recorded here was during the 1986 Scottish Cup.

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