Craig Phadrig

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Craigphadrick, a wooded hill in Inverness parish, Inverness-shire, between Beauly Firth and the valley of the Ness, 1¾ mile W of Inverness town. Terminating the north-western hill-flank of the Great Glen of Scotland, it rises to an altitude of 430 feet above sea-level; and its rocky tabular summit is crowned with a doublewalled, rectangular vitrified fort, 240 feet long and 90 wide, which commands an extensive view. The palace of King Brude, near the river Ness, which Columba visited in 565, was by Dr Reeves identified with Craigphadrick; but Skene observes that ' it seems unlikely that in the 6th century a royal palace should have been in a vitrified fort, on the top of a rocky hill nearly 500 feet high, and it is certainly inconsistent with Adamnan's narrative that the Saint should have had to ascend such an eminence to reach it' (Celtic Scotland, ii. 106, note, 1877).

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