■ It was to Balloch Castle that, for a few months in 1651, Scotland’s Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, were brought for safe-keeping – and to keep them out of reach of Cromwell’s sticky mitts.
■ When Sir Colin, the 1st Earl of Breadalbane, found himself a wife, he chose wisely. His predecessor had left the estate heavily in debt. Riding home from London with his rich heiress, it’s said he needed a separate horse just to carry her dowry!
■ One hundred and eighty years ago, Drummond Hill was chosen as a site for the reintroduction of the capercaillie. Its name means the “horse of the woods” on account of the resemblance of its call to the clip-clopping of a horse’s hooves.