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Natural Wonders of North West Highlands Geopark

Scotland’s North West Highlands Geopark was awarded Geopark status by UNESCO in 2004. Situated on the extreme north western tip of the mainland of Scotland, the Geopark covers an area of approximately 200,000 hectares, encompassing a substantial portion of Sutherland and the Coigach area of Wester Ross and includes the villages of Achiltibuie, Lochinver, Scourie, Kinlochbervie and Durness.

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Girvan Cycle Race, Ayrshire

Situated in Carrick, South Ayrshire, Scotland, the seaside resort town of Girvan is the starting point for the annual Girvan Cycle Race taking place from 22 to 24 March 2008. Girvan enjoys a mild climate as a result of the influence of the Gulf Stream – a warm, swift Atlantic Ocean current originating in the Gulf of Mexico – and the terrain around the town is perfect for cycling events such as the Girvan Cycle Race. The town is easily accessible by road, rail, sea and air connections and there are a number of options with regard to accommodation.

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Experience the World of Vikings at Vikingar

On the first of October 1263, a legendary battle took place in Largs that became a significant part of history in Scotland. By the year 1263, the Scottish had fought back valiantly against Viking invasions and had left King Haakon with only Shetland and Orkney, which infuriated the king. In response to losing so much territory, King Haakon gathered his army and quietly approached the shores of Largs on that fateful evening.

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Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival

The diverse terrain of the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland contains a wide variety of habitats that support an abundance of wildlife. The Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival, which is set to take place from 21 March through to 13 April 2008, invites everyone to explore the natural beauty of the area by means of a host of events designed to educate and entertain the entire family.

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An Unnerving Journey through Edinburgh Dungeon

Every country has a few legends, people and events that it would much rather sweep under the carpet than have on display. And most of these undesirable situations or best forgotten historical blunders often originate from primitive times, and periods of brutality and savage punishment. Those who have not come face to face with this past can explore the realms of the frightening history of Scotland by stepping through the doors of the Edinburgh Dungeon and taking a journey back in time.

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StAnza Poetry Festival in St. Andrews

StAnza is an annual festival that is dedicated to celebrating poetry in all its many forms. While the focus of StAnza is primarily on Scotland, it aims to be international in its outlook. The charming town of St. Andrews is a prominent center for higher learning in Scotland and is home to the country’s oldest university. It therefore seems fitting that St. Andrews plays host to this popular poetry event. StAnza 2008 will be held from the 12th to the 16th of March at a number of superb venues in St. Andrews.

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Highland Mysteryworld – Bringing Scottish Folklore to Life

As the thick mist quietly rolls in over the fields and cliffs of Glencoe, a strange atmosphere starts to fill the air, and the mysteries and legends of this historic location in Scotland seem to take on a life of their own. The magnificent mountains of the area, the fascinating gullies and the sheer size of the rock cliffs found in Glencoe, set the scene for remembering myths and stories such as the brutal massacre of the MacDonald family at the hand of the Campbells in 1692. All these intriguing mysteries can be explored and explained by the Glencoe Visitor Centre while the Highland Mysteryworld in nearby Fort William, will unlock the secrets to many folklores and superstitions left behind by previous generations.

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Iona Abbey – Contributing to the Spread of Christianity

The small island of Iona, situated in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, is well known for its natural beauty and tranquility. The island is regarded as having a significant place in the history of Christianity in Scotland and the fascinating buildings of Iona Abbey stand as testimony to a less than peaceful past.

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