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Bathgate's History at the Bennie Museum

Visitors to Bathgate in West Lothian will find loads of interesting information on the history of the town at the Bennie Museum, situated in two restored cottages on Mansefield Street. The origins of the town date back to the early 12th century, although the land on which Bathgate is situated, as well as the surrounding area, is thought to have been occupied as far back as 3500 BC. The Bennie Museum has some relics related to the area's ancient history, including some Roman coins, but most of the items on display relate to the past two or three hundred years of Bathgate's history and the industries that came and went over the years.

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Ancient Natural History at Glenmore Forest Park

Located within the Cairngorms National Park and surrounding beautiful Loch Morlich, the Glenmore Forest Park is one of the remnants of Scotland's Caledonian Forest consisting primarily of old-growth Scots pines descended directly from the first pines that grew in Scotland after the ice-age, as far back as 7,000 BC. Changing weather patterns over the centuries, along with human encroachment, has resulted in the trees adapting to their various environments, and visitors exploring Glenmore Forest Park may want to bear in mind that they are walking among trees that represent a sequence of natural evolution spanning 9,000 years.

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Enjoy the Scotch Whisky Experience

Housed in a stately old school building near Edinburgh Castle, the Scotch Whisky Experience offers fascinating insight into the history, development and distilling of Scotland's iconic beverage. Visitors can stop by and examine the various displays at leisure, but to get the full benefit of a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience it a good idea to join one of the guided interactive tours of the museum. There are four tours to choose from – Silver, Gold, Platinum and Taste of Scotland – as well as master-classes for more dedicated whisky enthusiasts and educational tours for groups of school children and students.

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The Scottish Crossbill – Endemic to Scotland

With the spectacular pine forests of the Scottish Highlands as their home, Scottish crossbills are the only known endemic bird species in the whole of the United Kingdom. In fact, they are believed to be the only endemic vertebrates in the UK, and were identified as being a unique species in August 2006 based on their distinctive birdsong. The population of Scottish crossbills is estimated at around 6,800 breeding pairs and they are considered to be of 'least concern' by the IUCN from a conservation standpoint, while having 'amber' status with the RSPB.

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Visit the Fascinating Folly at Dunmore

Located between the villages of Dunmore and Airth, in the Falkirk Council area of Scotland, is a most unusual 18th century building dubbed the Dunmore Pineapple. The building with its large pineapple-shaped cupola forms part of the walled gardens at Dunmore Park, and was built in 1761 by John Murray, the 4th Earl of Dunmore, for his wife Charlotte. The top of the pineapple stands well above the surrounding walls and has four large vases surrounding it. The vases cleverly conceal chimneys for a heating system that was used to create a microclimate within the high garden walls to enable the cultivation of exotic plants, such as pineapples.

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A Tribute to Old Tom Morris

With the prestigious Ryder Cup set to take place on the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel near Auchterarder in Perthshire on 26-28 September 2014, it seems fitting to pay tribute to the man widely considered to be the 'Father of Golf' in Scotland, Tom Mitchell Morris, affectionately known as Old Tom Morris. Although golf had been played in Scotland for centuries before Tom Morris arrived in the world on 16 June 1821, he is rightly credited with developing golf into the sport currently played internationally.

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Examining Religion at Glasgow's St Mungo Museum

Named in honor of the patron saint of Glasgow, the St Mungo Museum is housed in a Scottish baronial style building which was built in 1989 by Ian Begg. The majestic stone and mortar structure was designed in keeping with the architecture of the ancient Bishops’ Castle which once stood on the site, blending with historical buildings in the area. While the museum is named for the man who brought Christianity to Scotland in the 6th century, it is dedicated to religion in its various forms, as practiced around the world, and in different time frames. Located across from the oldest house in Glasgow, the Provand's Lordship, and next to the medieval Glasgow Cathedral, the St Mungo Museum is a worthwhile addition to an itinerary when exploring the largest city in Scotland.

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Shark Spotting in the Scottish Hebrides

As Scotland heads into summer, the first basking sharks of the 2014 season have been spotted off the coast of the Scottish Hebrides, attracted by the abundance of their staple food, plankton. Visitors to this spectacularly beautiful region of Scotland may want to add a shark spotting excursion to their itinerary, as well as the Coll of the Sharks Festival which is set to take place on 21-26 August on the Isle of Coll. As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, the festival features a host of marine-themed activities for all ages, including boat trips, scuba diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. On land activities include guided walks along pristine beaches, exploring historical ruins, and spotting wildlife. Moreover, as a Dark Sky island, Coll is the perfect location for enjoying some superb star-gazing.

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