Once the family seat of Clan Sinclair and home to the Earls of Caithness, Castle Sinclair Girnigoe dates back to the 15th century.
In 1577, George Sinclair, the 4th Earl of Caithness, imprisoned his own son John, Master of Caithness, in Castle Girnigoe, on suspicion of rebelling against his rule. He was held there for seven years, after which his father fed him a diet of salted beef, with nothing to drink, so that he eventually died insane from thirst.
The 5th Earl of Caithness rebuilt large parts of the castle in the early 1600s and in 1651 it was seized by Cromwell’s troops and used as his major stronghold in the North for 9 years. The 6th Earl sold the land and the title to a cousin, Campbell of Glenorchy. As a result of this exchange, a dispute arose between Glenorchy and the remaining Sinclairs over these rights, which resulted in the last clan battle at Altimarlach, near Wick. It was about then that the castle became ruined and has remained so ever since.
The complex passed out of the Sinclair family but was bought back in the 1950s and was donated to a trust set up for its preservation in 1999.
WMF listed the castle on the 2002 Watch. The listing increased public awareness of the site and concern for its survival. In collaboration with the Clan Sinclair Trust, Historic Scotland, Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, the Highland Council, and the Heritage Lottery Fund, WMF provided a grant in 2003 through the Kress Foundation and the Wilson Challenge for the survey, documentation, and stabilization of the castle.
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When planning our trip to Norway, we found out one of hikes we wanted to do was a 10-12 hour hike. 😳 Without the proper gear, we passed on that plan. .
However, we did a solid 4 hour hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit) Rock which clearly provided this gorgeous view of the Norwegian Fjords close to Stavanger. Sharing this experience with friends was another plus!
With the seemingly never ending climb up, after about 2 hours it opened up to a 1982 foot view over the Lysefjord. Highly recommend!
Flashback to our Bahamas trip in June: I’m so bad with posting stuff. But this trip was so much fun!! Went jet skiing for the first time. I was terrified and excited all at the same time. I’m ready for another #baecation already @mr_doit24 🌎✈️👫🇧🇸
Can’t miss a photo op with the famous colourful store fronts of the Markt in the Place de Bruges. Also in the square you’ll find the Halle and the Belfry which you can go up into for a stunning view of the town.
“It’s like you don’t even know what to expect and then you get here and you’re like ‘yes, this is exactly what I pictured.’” The South of France is everything you never even dreamed of. Cigarettes, 3 p.m. wine and all.
📍: River Thames.
🌍: London, UK.
📸: February 2018.
More adventures like this please... 🛶🇬🇧
Most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude, and all that extra stress is gone. ♡
You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful - or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to. ♡
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In una sola foto, i punti più elevati di #Torino: la Mole Antonelliana, con i suoi 85 metri di altezza, è il Monte dei Cappuccini, da cui è stata scattata questa bellissima foto. La collina situata alle spalle della città su cui sorge il convento di Santa Maria al Monte é un punto panoramico privilegiato per ammirare il capoluogo piemontese. Voi avete avuto la fortuna di ammirare questo suggestivo reticolo di strade dall'alto?
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