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Explore Real Mary King's Close

Many have tried to establish exactly who Mary King was. Documentation has shown that a Mary King did live in Mary King's Close in the 1630s. She was a respected business woman, which led to the close being named after her. But the close has been shrouded in mystery and stories of ghosts and murder for centuries. After archeological research and studies, the close was opened to the public in 2003, and it has become one of Edinburgh's most popular attractions, with tour guides sharing the real stories and secrets of the close.

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Fair Isle Bird Observatory

A Royal Scottish Museum Curator, Eagle Clark, was the first to recognize how important Fair Isle is to the documentation of local and migrating bird species. He began his studies in 1905, and soon many other ornithologists began to assist him. He continued to study the migrating birds until 1911. George Waterson, a young ornithologist in his twenties, visited the island for the first time in 1935 and began envisioning the establishment of a bird observatory on the island.

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Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Born in the village of Auchterless in Aberdeenshire on 13 February 1901, James Leslie Mitchell went on to become one of Scotland’s most respected writers. Using the pseudonym of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, this talented Scottish author is most likely best known for his trilogy A Scots Quair - consisting of Sunset Song, Cloud Howe and Grey Granite - which is widely acknowledged as some of the best Scottish literature in an era that came to be known as the Scottish Literary Renaissance.

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Amazing Art at Trongate 103

Trongate 103 is a new and innovative way to explore art. It has given it new life and an exciting vision to the running of art galleries and studios, becoming a centre for the exploration and appreciation of art, as well as a home to projects and freedom of expression. Glasgow has never had a centre quite like Trongate 103, and it is proving to be a enormous success. Divided into six floors, the massive building once housed an Edwardian warehouse, but it is now taking history into the future with this latest concept.

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Oban War and Peace Museum

The Argyll and Bute region of Scotland is home to a quaint town by the name of Oban, and even though the population is small throughout the year, it is filled with thousands of visitors during the holidays. Located on Oban Bay, the town is popular with visitors and tourists due to its picturesque landscapes and views, as well as the numerous noteworthy attractions that are located in Oban, such as the Kilmartin Glen, McCraig’s Tower, Cathedral of St Columba, Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban Distillery and the Oban War and Peace Museum. Visitors to the Oban War and Peace Museum will be able to see the history of the town unfold before their eyes.

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Dave Arcari at The Scottish Music Awards

DAZE Management Limited announced that renowned guitarist Dave Arcari is to perform at the 2011 Scottish Music Awards to be held at The Barrowland Ballroom on Sunday September 4th, 2011

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Tomb of the Eagles

Like so many ancient archeological sites, the Tomb of the Eagles was discovered accidently by Ronnie Simison in the year 1958. The site is located at Isbister Chambered Cairn, South Ronaldsay, and thousands of visitors travel to Orkney each year to experience the magnificence of this rare and historical attraction. Excavation of the chambers only began in 1976, and since then the Simison family has opened their land to the public to share in the beauty and fascination of the Tomb of the Eagles.

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The Picts

One of the lesser known aspects of Scotland's history is the role of the Picts. These were the tribal warrior tribes who were living in Scotland when the Romans arrived in the 1st century CE. We first hear of them being called the Caledonians who are said to have been defeated in a great battle by the Roman general Tacitus around the year 80CE. This of course is the Roman version, being nonliterate, the natives' side of the story has not survived.

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