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We were delighted to have had the immensely talented Arthur Cormack in session last night at the Distillery, where visitors and locals alike came together to hear and even join in with Arthurs repertoire of traditional Gaelic songs. It was also a blustery night, and wind howling outside our warm Gathering Room made for a great, atmospheric evening. We also live-streamed part of the event through our facebook page, so head over to see the event yourself. ⁣
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We were delighted to have had the immensely talented Arthur Cormack in session last night at the Distillery, where visitors and locals alike came together to hear and even join in with Arthurs repertoire of traditional Gaelic songs. It was also a blustery night, and wind howling outside our warm Gathering Room made for a great, atmospheric evening. We also live-streamed part of the event through our facebook page, so head over to see the event yourself. ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #Distillery #WhiskyDistillery #Raasay #Skye #ScotlandsBeauty #bestdistilleryview #islandlife #visitscotland #thisisscotland #scotlandlover #ig_scotland #explorescotland #instascotland #scotlandisnow #folkscenery #architecture #scotspirit #Design #Gaelic #scottishculture #highlandsandislands #tradmusic #insta_scotland #folkmusic #gaelicmusic #musiciansofinstagram #concertphotography #music #instamusic #festival

Running past Circus Lane at sunset on the way home, spotted at least four Instagrammers 😂 
Also #nofilter, only upped the contrast a bit. Edinburgh sunsets really are something else.
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2019-02-23 20:55   10 0

 
Sun breaking though rain at The Quiraing this morning, Isle of Skye, Scotland Isle of Skye, Scotland #simplyscotland #bestukpics #thisisscotland #1ukshot #officialisleofskye  #visitskye #britains_talent #hiddenscotland #1ukshot
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2019-02-23 20:52   32 0

 
Loudoun hill...
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My sweet baby girl Hazel & The Royal Mile a couple years ago. I love hanging out with her in the ancient, beautiful city of Edinburgh. Find Hazel on the Royal Mile & get to know her a bit. She & the Mile willnae disappoint. ♥️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿♥️ #edinburgh #scotland #edinphoto #thisisedinburgh #edinburghsnapshots #edinburgh_snapshots #visitedinburgh #unveilededinburgh #myedinburgh #edinburghstory #edinburghlife #discoveredinburgh #unlimitededinburgh #visitscotland #historicscotland #hiddenscotland #simplyscotland #historicenvironmentacotland #bbcscotlandpics #scotlandisnow #lovescotland #scottishcollective #scotlandmagazine #ig_scotland #travelscotland #instascotland #insta_scotland #scotspirit #ilovescotland

2019-02-23 20:17   16 0

 

My sweet baby girl Hazel & The Royal Mile a couple years ago. I love hanging out with her in the ancient, beautiful city of Edinburgh. Find Hazel on the Royal Mile & get to know her a bit. She & the Mile willnae disappoint. ♥️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿♥️ #edinburgh #scotland #edinphoto #thisisedinburgh #edinburghsnapshots #edinburgh_snapshots #visitedinburgh #unveilededinburgh #myedinburgh #edinburghstory #edinburghlife #discoveredinburgh #unlimitededinburgh #visitscotland #historicscotland #hiddenscotland #simplyscotland #historicenvironmentacotland #bbcscotlandpics #scotlandisnow #lovescotland #scottishcollective #scotlandmagazine #ig_scotland #travelscotland #instascotland #insta_scotland #scotspirit #ilovescotland

“No neighbors no problems”
If you could chose one person to live here with who would it be? Tag them below👇
Congratulations to @joe_purmal for this amazing shot!
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📍Location —> Glen Coe, Scotland
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Please visit the artist gallery and show some!❤️
 #simplyscotland | #scotland

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“No neighbors no problems” If you could chose one person to live here with who would it be Tag them below👇 Congratulations to @joe_purmal for this amazing shot! . 📍Location —> Glen Coe, Scotland . Please visit the artist gallery and show some!❤️ #simplyscotland | #scotland

Blues. All this LA rain has me pining for Scotland. Jan 2019.

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Blues. All this LA rain has me pining for Scotland. Jan 2019.

I’ll take the low road. Scotland Jan 2019.

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I’ll take the low road. Scotland Jan 2019.

Despite rumours that Edinburgh’s pretty Dean Village was too far out of the centre to visit, it turned out to be a 4 min walk from my hostel! This river runs all the way to Leith, where Edinburgh meets the sea. Thank you sun for shining and illuminating the river and old buildings in all their glory! Isn’t it a gorgeous spot?

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Despite rumours that Edinburgh’s pretty Dean Village was too far out of the centre to visit, it turned out to be a 4 min walk from my hostel! This river runs all the way to Leith, where Edinburgh meets the sea. Thank you sun for shining and illuminating the river and old buildings in all their glory! Isn’t it a gorgeous spot

The night is dark and full of terrors. Jan 2019.

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The night is dark and full of terrors. Jan 2019.

Looking over to the Cuillin ridge from Bla Bheinn, a Munro on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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Looking over to the Cuillin ridge from Bla Bheinn, a Munro on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

A British cultural icon, not just associated to London. 
Such a shame this one has been neglected! 🇬🇧

2019-02-23 19:31   49 1

 

A British cultural icon, not just associated to London. Such a shame this one has been neglected! 🇬🇧

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2019-02-23 19:28   36 0

 
Edinburgh

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Edinburgh

It’s a famous view. I know. Humor me. I’m American.... 😉💚🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 .
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CONGRATULATIONS TO:
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CONGRATULATIONS TO: 🔹 @connorclarkphotography ________________________________________ Official INSTAGRAM Community IG

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Castle Stalker looking as incredible as ever!

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Castle Stalker looking as incredible as ever!

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
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IG_EDINBURGH presents:
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CONGRATULATIONS TO: 🔹 @ulaszczepanowicz ________________________________________ Official INSTAGRAM Community IG
IG_EDINBURGH presents: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 Photo by @ulaszczepanowicz ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🏷 Published on the tag #ig_edinburgh ________________________________________

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Cheeki breeki sneaky peaky of today. Watch out in several months ;)
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2019-02-23 19:10   28 1

 
Planning a visit to Edinburgh this summer?

Why not stay with us at 18 Craigmillar Park, voted 2018 Edinburgh B and B of the year by Lux Global Hospitality and awarded 9.5 guest review rating by Booking.com.

Booking direct at www.18craigmillarpark.com for best room rates guaranteed.

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2019-02-23 19:08   14 0

 

Planning a visit to Edinburgh this summer Why not stay with us at 18 Craigmillar Park, voted 2018 Edinburgh B and B of the year by Lux Global Hospitality and awarded 9.5 guest review rating by Booking.com. Booking direct at www.18craigmillarpark.com for best room rates guaranteed. #guesthouse #travel #hotel #edinburgh #igersedinburgh #edinburgcommunity #loveedinburgh #thisisedinburgh #edinphoto #exploreedinburgh #edinburghlovers #scotland #visitscotland #igersscots #insta_scotland #instascotland #ig_scot #loves_scotland #explorescotland #somewhereinscotland #lovegreatbritain #visitbritain #beautifulbritain #igers #cities #town

2019-02-23 19:01   17 2

 
Happy weekend everyone!! Just getting set for our big road trip tomorrow this will be our actual view across the water! Wishing and really hoping as well as this gorgeous sunset we will get to see the northern lights! But whatever this is a view of pure beauty! Beyond excited! Whatever you are doing this weekend hope it is a fabulous one! 🥂😍 •
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2019-02-23 18:56   22 5

 

Happy weekend everyone!! Just getting set for our big road trip tomorrow this will be our actual view across the water! Wishing and really hoping as well as this gorgeous sunset we will get to see the northern lights! But whatever this is a view of pure beauty! Beyond excited! Whatever you are doing this weekend hope it is a fabulous one! 🥂😍 • • • • • #roadtrip #scotland #ontheroad #visitscotland #instascotland #road #scotspirit #insta_scotland #roadtrippin #loves_scotland #ig_scotland #outdoors #scotlandlover #explorescotland #blogger #instagood #northernlights #harbour #

2019-02-23 18:48   23 2

 
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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Featured Photo 🤘🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Photographer 📸/🎥: @mighoward In Frame: @iangblack ⠀ Location📍: Edinburgh ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Team: @shot_by_tom|@jbs_creative|@the1johnnie⠀ Tag: #traveling_scotland⠀ ⠀ Make sure you check out the photographers gallery and show some love ❤️😎⠀ ⠀ Motivation. Inspiration. Education⠀ ⠀ Hub Account 👉 @studiohubuk 👌⠀ ⠀ Be sure to check out our friends below👇⠀ ⠀ @your_scotland⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @icu_scotland ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @ig_scotland ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @scotland_greatshots ⠀ @_visualsofscotland⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #studiohubuk #earthscenery #ukscenery #traveling_scotland #UK #Scotland #ig_scotland #insta_scotland #igersscotland #unlimitedscotland #scotlandsbeauty #igscotland #capturingbritain #scotlandlover #lovesscotland #thisisscotland #instascotland #bestscotlandpics #loves_scotland #hiddenscotland #ilovescotland #scottishcollective #visitscotland #scotland_insta #scotspirit #bestscotlandpics #gloriousbritain #uk_shooters #goexplore

Amazing overnight spa break at #portavadie #portavadiemariner #scottishcoastline #westcoastscotland #westcoast #scottishmariner #highlandphotography #scottishhighlands #scottishcollective #nofilter #insta_Scotland #instaScotland  #IGersScotland #Scotland #LoveScotland #ThisIsScotland  #VisitScotland #BonnieScotland #iPhonePhotographer #iPhonePhotography #explorescotland #lonelyplanet #explorescotland #lovenature #gooutside #freshair #potd #photooftheday #bbcscotlandpics 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #havebagwilltravel

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 #boat #tighnabruaich #scottishcoastline #westcoastscotland #westcoast #scottishwater #highlandphotography #scottishhighlands #scottishcollective #nofilter #insta_Scotland #instaScotland  #IGersScotland #Scotland #LoveScotland #ThisIsScotland  #VisitScotland #BonnieScotland #iPhonePhotographer #iPhonePhotography #explorescotland #lonelyplanet #explorescotland #lovenature #gooutside #freshair #potd #photooftheday #bbcscotlandpics 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #havebagwilltravel

2019-02-23 18:26   6 0

 
Seat with a view #tighnabruaich #scottishcoastline #westcoastscotland #westcoast #scottishwater #highlandphotography #scottishhighlands #scottishcollective #nofilter #insta_Scotland #instaScotland  #IGersScotland #Scotland #LoveScotland #ThisIsScotland  #VisitScotland #BonnieScotland #iPhonePhotographer #iPhonePhotography #explorescotland #lonelyplanet #explorescotland #lovenature #gooutside #freshair #potd #photooftheday #bbcscotlandpics 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #havebagwilltravel

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Callum smashing the filming today 👌

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Callum smashing the filming today 👌

“Looking great from every angle”
Only Scotland would be home to such a beautiful castle.
Congratulations to @nichbrand for this amazing shot!
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📍Location —> Castle Fraser Garden & Estate, Scotland
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Please visit the artist gallery and show some!❤️
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“Looking great from every angle” Only Scotland would be home to such a beautiful castle. Congratulations to @nichbrand for this amazing shot! . 📍Location —> Castle Fraser Garden & Estate, Scotland . Please visit the artist gallery and show some!❤️ #simplyscotland | #scotland

Beautiful Glen Rosa✨
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2019-02-23 18:12   41 0

 
Glencoe wildlife 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Ps. Love that I got a pic of one of the birds flying . .
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2019-02-23 18:06   12 0

 
When you are a nut head and know you will forget you parked in lane 16. Thank god for smartphones 😁😂😃

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When you are a nut head and know you will forget you parked in lane 16. Thank god for smartphones 😁😂😃

Love from Skye xxx
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2019-02-23 18:03   36 2

 
Our home for the weekend ❤️.
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2019-02-23 17:59   30 0

 
The gorgeous Glen Sannox, looking all wintery and beautiful. Taken a couple of weeks ago while on a hike with @unfolding_moments .
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2019-02-23 17:56   37 2

 
Layers. Captured on the descend from Beinn Each last weekend.
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Layers. Captured on the descend from Beinn Each last weekend. #wanderfulcaptures

First wedding of the year in Edinburgh. Here we!

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First wedding of the year in Edinburgh. Here we!

The Broch of Gurness | It's hard to imagine that this was actually built closer in time to us than to the structures from the Neolithic Age scattered throughout Orkney. My untrained eye could easily have mistaken it as something built at the same time as the Skara Brae settlement, but it's actually almost 3000 years younger, probably built between 500 and 200 BC.

A large circular area, roughly 45m across, was defined by three deep ditches and three ramparts. A sprawl of stone houses filled all the available space between broch and the outer defences, and probably housed a community of up to 40 families. At the centre of the site is the broch, which once probably reached a height of around 10 metres. The highest point of what is left of it is 3,6 metres high. The broch was most likely the residence of the principal family or clan of the area but also served as a last resort for the surrounding village in case of an attack.

This is the interior of the broch, a large space measuring around 20 meters across. The space is divided into sections by upright slabs. Stone ledges suggest that there was once an upper storey with a timber floor. When the broch began to collapse, it was still inhabited and the original structures were altered. The well was filled in and the interior refitted with new partitions. Most of what can be seen today dates from this secondary phase.

Brochs were feats of considerable architectural and engineering expertise, the key to which was the principle of double-skinned walls. Within the hollow space between the two parallel layers of dry stone walls, a spiral staircase winds upwards all the way to the top. The stairs were both a functional and a structural feature. The two outer "skins" were bonded at certain heights by stone lintel slabs - a method that allowed greater heights than could be achieved with solid walls. It's basically how tall masonry walls are still constructed, except these are built with no mortar, just stone upon stone.

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The Broch of Gurness | It's hard to imagine that this was actually built closer in time to us than to the structures from the Neolithic Age scattered throughout Orkney. My untrained eye could easily have mistaken it as something built at the same time as the Skara Brae settlement, but it's actually almost 3000 years younger, probably built between 500 and 200 BC. A large circular area, roughly 45m across, was defined by three deep ditches and three ramparts. A sprawl of stone houses filled all the available space between broch and the outer defences, and probably housed a community of up to 40 families. At the centre of the site is the broch, which once probably reached a height of around 10 metres. The highest point of what is left of it is 3,6 metres high. The broch was most likely the residence of the principal family or clan of the area but also served as a last resort for the surrounding village in case of an attack. This is the interior of the broch, a large space measuring around 20 meters across. The space is divided into sections by upright slabs. Stone ledges suggest that there was once an upper storey with a timber floor. When the broch began to collapse, it was still inhabited and the original structures were altered. The well was filled in and the interior refitted with new partitions. Most of what can be seen today dates from this secondary phase. Brochs were feats of considerable architectural and engineering expertise, the key to which was the principle of double-skinned walls. Within the hollow space between the two parallel layers of dry stone walls, a spiral staircase winds upwards all the way to the top. The stairs were both a functional and a structural feature. The two outer "skins" were bonded at certain heights by stone lintel slabs - a method that allowed greater heights than could be achieved with solid walls. It's basically how tall masonry walls are still constructed, except these are built with no mortar, just stone upon stone.

A windy morning on the dunes at Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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A windy morning on the dunes at Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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