MONIACK CASTLE

MONIACK CASTLE, NEAR BEAULY

A castle with strong Fraser connections, Frasers have lived there since it was built, in 1580 and now it's also the home of Highland Wineries, founded by Phillipa Fraser in 1979. A guided tour will take you round the whole process of making their famous wines, liqueurs, marmalades sauces and preserves and there's also an audiovisual presentation and a shop. www.moniackcastle.co.uk . Open 10am-5pm Summer 11am-4pm Winter. It's situated 7 miles West of Inverness, on the A862 Beauly road.

MEMORIAL, SIR SIMON FRASER, THE PATRIOT, ALMONDELL PARK

Sir Simon Fraser, known as “The Patriot” was captured fighting for Robert the Bruce and was held in the Tower of London, before being brutally executed in 1306, his head was then displayed beside his compatriot, the great Scots hero, William Wallace at London Bridge. In the late 18 th century the Countess of Buchan raised a memorial to Sir Simon, there is another memorial stone to William Wallace, The Braveheart, nearby and Sir Simon's stone is easily accessible, by a pathway, by the River Almond, in Almondell Country Park, near Livingstone, West Lothian. An inscription on the stone reads

MARGARET COUNTESS OF BUCHAN
DEDICATED THIS FOREST
TO HER ANCESTOR SIR SIMON FRASER
OCTOBER XV
MDCCLXXXIV


SIMON FRASER MEMORIAL

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