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The Riding of the Marches in Edinburgh

Sunday, September 6, 2009, is set to mark an equestrian event of a different kind in Scotland – the Riding of the Marches. This unusual, historic event is one of Edinburgh’s oldest traditions. It dates back to 1579, though it has not taken place since 1946. 2009 will mark the revival of this grand tradition – much to the delight of horse lover’s everywhere.

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Trossachs Celebrates 200 Years of Tourism in 2010

It was during a family holiday almost 200 years ago that Sir Walter Scott was inspired to write the legendary poem entitled ‘The Lady of the Lake’. Unbeknown to him at the time, the poem would become a global hit by the end of that same year, spawning a massive tourism industry and sparking an undying love for the natural beauty of the Trossachs.

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St Vigeans Pictish Stones Museum

History lovers simply should not miss out on a chance to visit the St Vigeans Pictish Stones Museum in Scotland. The museum is located in St Vigeans, a small hamlet situated on the outskirts of Arbroath, which has since been more or less assimilated into the village as one of its many suburbs.

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Celebrate 800 Years of History, Culture and Heritage With Perth

The fascinating country of Scotland attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the globe each year, all of whom no doubt want to make sure that they get the most out of every moment of their trip. Many want to gain insight into the extensive history and rich culture of the country, as well as to enjoy its rugged natural beauty. A visit to Perth in 2010 will cover all these aspects and more. Perth was granted its Burgh Charter by King William "The Lion" of Scotland in 1210, and in celebration of the 800th anniversary of this noteworthy event, the town will be hosting a series of exciting events throughout 2010 – making it a really good time for tourists to visit and explore this charming town and its surroundings.

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Gilmerton Cove - Edinburgh’s Mysterious Attraction

Despite extensive historical and archaeological research, the origin and purpose of Gilmerton Cove remains a mystery. In the past Gilmerton was a mining village accommodating the families of local limestone quarrymen and coalminers, but is now a suburb on the outskirts of the vibrant city of Edinburgh in Scotland. Gilmerton Cove consists of a series of underground passageways and chambers beneath the suburb’s streets which have evidently been hand-carved from sandstone, by whom and for what purpose have been matters for debate and speculation, giving rise to a host of theories.

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The Spirit of Lewis

It has been almost 170 years since whisky was legally distilled in the Outer Hebrides and that was at the Shoeburn Distillery in Stornoway, which closed down around 1840. The island had established a reputation of producing good whisky. Two farms on Lewis, whose illicit whisky held a reputation for quality, were Coll and Gress, yet there was one in Harris and more throughout the isles. These distilleries existed a very long time ago, but in truth the art of distilling never left the island, it just carried on quietly as it had always done.

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Visit the Highland Aviation Museum

Located in the business estate alongside the Inverness Airport around seven miles northeast of the city, the Highland Aviation Museum offers an incredible hands-on experience to all who have an interest in the fascinating history of aviation, especially relating to this lovely region of Scotland. Anyone who has wondered what it must have been like to be in a cockpit in the heat of battle, or scouring the skies defending the country from intruders, will have the opportunity to let their imagination run wild while firmly seated in the cockpit of a Blackburn Buccaneer S1 or an English Electric Lightning F1A – an aircraft that for decades was considered to be one of the best and fastest fighters in the world.

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The Cowal Highland Gathering

From humble beginnings way back in 1894, the Cowal Highland Gathering has established itself as a major event in Scotland’s annual Highland Games calendar, attracting more than 3,500 competitors from within the country’s borders and far beyond, including Australia, South Africa, Canada and the United States. Featuring Highland music, dance and ancient traditions, the Cowal Highland Gathering, which is set to take place 27-29 August 2009, promises to be jam-packed with fun and excitement for competitors and spectators alike.

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