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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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Seal Rescue and Rehabilitation in Oban

As part of the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, the Seal Rescue Centre in Oban is dedicated to protecting, rescuing and rehabilitating seals in this picturesque region of Scotland. The team at the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary has a comprehensive programme to respond to the needs of seal pups that have been injured or abandoned. The seal pups are taken to the Seal Rescue Centre where they are nursed back to health, taught to be independent and then, ideally, released back into the sea.

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Aberlemno's Pictish Stones

Found in various locations in Scotland, Pictish stones have fascinated scholars for generations. Dating back to the 6th to 9th centuries, these large stone monuments are engraved with various symbols, the meanings of which continue to be debated today. Some of the earlier stones have Ogham inscriptions (Ogham being an early medieval Irish alphabet), while some later stones feature crosses attesting to the Christianization of the Picts, who are thought to have merged with the Gaels.

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Edutainment at World of Wings in Cumbernauld

Situated near Glasgow in the town of Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire, the Cumbernauld Outdoor Activity Centre offers a host of activities to keep the entire family busy all day. In addition to the thrill of adventure activities such as off-road driving, archery, axe throwing, and target and combat paintball, visitors can take a tour through the World of Wings Birds of Prey Centre - the largest facility of its kind in Scotland – and be amazed at the speed and agility of the centre’s magnificent raptors during the daily free-flight displays.

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Fascinating History at the Ullapool Museum

Located in a superbly preserved stone building in West Argyle Street, the Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre offers visitors the opportunity to discover the history and culture of this picturesque town in Wester-Ross by means of a series of displays and collections of documents, photographs and other items. Built in 1829 as a church, the museum is a Thomas Telford design typical of many churches across the Highlands of Scotland and has been the home of the museum since 1990.

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The Great Scottish Castle Trail - Part Three

--A Battlemaster's Guide to Doing Scotland Right--

(Continued from Part Two)

A number of other castles owned by the Trust are a short drive away, including Drum, Fraser and Craigievar, all exhibiting unique styles from early medieval to 17th century baronial. Trekking west from Aberdeenshire towards Scotland’s world-famous Western Isles takes you through some of the best Highland scenery that Scotland has to offer. Along the way, it is well worth a stop at Castle Urquhart on the shores of Loch Ness (HS, All Year). Nessie spotting aside, this is one of Scotland’s most atmospheric ruins.

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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.... read more

Examining Religion at Glasgow's St Mungo Museum

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Shark Spotting in the Scottish Hebrides

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