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Wardlaw Mausoleum, The Burial Place of the ‘Old Fox’ (Outlander).



It was built in 1634 as the burial place for the Lovat Frasers on the end of the original parish church. The roof of the mausoleum was raised and a tower added in 1722 by the then Lord Lovat, the ‘Old Fox’ of the Jacobite Rebellion who was later buried in the crypt. It was used by the Lovats until the early 19th century. The building then fell into disrepair until the 1990’s when the Wardlaw Mausoleum Trust was formed to rescue it. This led to a restoration project with Historic Scotland and Lottery funding. The mausoleum is listed as Grade ‘A’ by Historic Scotland, the highest level of importance.

Recently interest has grown in this wonderful old building as it has links with the Outlander books and TV series, being the last resting place of ‘The Old Fox’, the main characters Grandfather.

The Wardlaw Mausoleum is open 10.00-4.00 on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September as part of the annual Doors Open Day scheme, with a special play at 3.00 on Saturday! Entrance Free.

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Inverness Highland Games

The Inverness Highland Games will take place at Bught Park, Inverness on Saturday 16 July 2016 commencing at 11am.

Founded in 1822 the Inverness Highland Games is one of the most spectacular traditional gatherings staged in Scotland and is one of the highlights of any visit to the Highland capital city of Inverness.

The 2016 Inverness Highland Games looks set to be one of the most memorable ever seen in the Highlands as Inverness celebrates the very best of Scotland’s traditional heritage at Bught Park in the middle of the biggest party of the year in the Highland Capital.

Situated at the west end of our city, our huge Bught Park field is an enjoyable 15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre; and will be packed with so much for you to enjoy during your visit as part of our City’s exciting Gala weekend.

The list of new activities for this year’s event guarantees visitors of all ages an interesting visit; so without further ado we are pleased to announce that 2016 will see the Gala expand to include TruckNess (Saturday and Sunday Morning);Boxing Tournament and Traditional Music Show (Saturday Night) Inverness Wheelbarrow Grand Prix (Sunday afternoon); Inverness Gala Shinty Sixes (Sunday), Highlands Strongest Man & Highlands Strongest Women(Sunday) and the first Inverness Women’s Aid Tipsy Tea Party(Sunday Afternoon Sold out fundraising show). We will also have a Funfair, Traders Village and Craft Fair as well as loads of community stall for you to explore on both days.

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The Black Isle Show , Wednesday 3rd August – Evening Preview from 4pm and all-day Thursday 4th August 2016.

The Black Isle Farmers’ Society was formed at a meeting in Avoch on 22nd March 1836 and the first Black Isle Show was held at Fortrose on 6th October of the same year.

The Society exists to promote the Interests of Agriculture and meets regularly throughout the year. In addition, the Society holds its Presentation of Show Trophies in November, a Bonspiel in January, a Ploughing Match in February and as the Main Event of the year, The Annual Black Isle Show on the first Thursday in August.

The show is a grand family day out with lots to see and do. Livestock make up a huge amount of the visitor experience with competitions taking place through-out the day. An abundance of art and craft and local produce stalls will keep you milling around the grounds and with an education area, vintage tractors and implements and a fun fair there really is something for everyone.

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