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The Great Scottish Castle Trail - Part Two

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

(Continued from Part One)

A short jaunt east of Edinburgh near the coastal retreat of North Berwick sits Tantallon Castle. Its towering walls rise to over 100 feet and provide picture-perfect views out to Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth (HS, All Year). The castle's dovecot, which held pigeons for winter feasts, is of especially fine quality, its hundreds of tiny chambers creating an optical feast reminiscent of a labyrinth or ziggurat. If, however, you arrive in Glasgow, Bothwell Castle is a must-see (HS, All Year). A stronghold of the mighty Moray and Douglas families, Bothwell was the site of one of the most terrific sieges in Scottish history. When King Edward I of England, known as 'the Hammer of the Scots', invaded Scotland in 1301, he had to build a special siege tower specifically to tackle Bothwell's massive keep. It stands a ruin today, but look out for special features such as an engraved Douglas heart emblem and graffiti carved into the keep's bottom floor stonework carved by a young David Livingstone.

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The Great Scottish Castle Trail - Part One

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

Scotland is the land of castles. With arguably the greatest concentration of them in Europe there is something to appeal to everyone - windswept and desolate Highland strongholds, magnificent royal fortresses on city-topping rocky crags, fancy baronial tower houses, and everything in between. 2013 saw a record number of visitors flock to these living pieces of history; with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and the Scottish independence referendum both coming our way this summer that trend is set to flourish even further. Best of all, Scotland's castles are accessible. For anyone accustomed to driving for half a day through countries such as France, Germany, Canada or the United States to see a single sight, the intimate smallness of Scotland is completely refreshing. Many castles are within a short strike of major cities and towns, and those that aren't are a very reasonable car, bus or cycle journey away through unforgettable scenery. Having been to over 60 of these gems myself, I've assembled my very own 'Castle Trail' for you to follow, taking in the most awe inspiring, historically rich and downright exciting locations that Scotland has to offer.

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History and Culture at Mull Museum

Visitors to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides will not want to miss a visit to the Mull Museum. Run by volunteers and dependent on donations for financial support, the museum started out in the 1970s as a temporary exhibition in the summer months before moving to its current home on Main Street in 1986. Since then the museum's collection of memorabilia related to the Isle of Mull has continued to grow and the museum has become a treasure trove of history, culture, geology and geography relating to the island and its people.

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Celebrate the Arts in Perth

Set to take place on 22nd May to 1st June 2014, the Perth Festival of the Arts has grown from the proverbial humble beginnings in 1972 into an international celebration of a wide range of art-forms, attracting artists, performers and audiences from near and far. This year's program includes Van Morrison, Sir James Galway, Jools Holland, Admiral Fallow, Dougie MacLean, Marc Almond, Melanie C, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Primavera Chamber Ensemble and more.

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Epic Migration of Shetland Island Birds

Advances in modern technology are helping researchers track migration patterns of birds and other animals in a way that has never before been possible – with some mind-boggling results. It was recently discovered that red-necked phalaropes from the island of Fetlar in Shetland migrate all the way to the coast of Peru and Ecuador in South America for the winter. Whereas previously experts thought these small waders were medium-distance migrants, they are now known to be long-distance migrants in the same league as Arctic terns and swallows.

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The Kelpies – Monuments to the Past and Future

Standing alongside the Forth and Clyde Canal as a tribute to the significant role played by horses in the development of Scotland's industry, The Kelpies are two 30m tall horse-head sculptures created by renowned Scottish sculptor, Andy Scott. The sculptures were completed in October 2013 and it is anticipated that they will attract visitors to the area. A visitor center is planned as part of the project, scheduled to be opened in April 2014. A canal extension beside The Kelpies and visitor center will reconnect the Forth and Clyde Canal with the River Forth, thereby improving access between the west and east of Scotland.

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Glasgow to Host XX Commonwealth Games

Set to take place in Glasgow from the 23rd of July through to the 3rd of August, the 2014 Commonwealth Games will feature 70 teams participating in a total of 261 events in 17 different sports. The main venues for the event, officially known as the XX Commonwealth Games, will be Glasgow's Hampden Park and Celtic Park, with up to 70 percent of the auxiliary venues being within a 20 minute drive of the Dalmarnock-based Athlete's Village. Celtic Park will host the Opening Ceremony on the 23rd of July, with the Closing Ceremony taking place at Hampden Park on the 3rd of August. The sports featured on the XX Commonwealth Games program are: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

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Discover Scotland's Elusive Otters

With their dense fur, webbed feet, and ears and noses that can close when underwater, Otters are well adapted for living in and around water. While European otter (Lutra lutra) populations have declined across the United Kingdom, and are listed with the IUCN as 'near threatened', visitors to Scotland are still likely to see these fascinating mammals in the wild on the west coast of the country and the Shetland Islands, and they are usually to be found at zoos and wildlife parks in other parts of the country. In fact, up to 12% of the UK breeding population of otters is found in the Shetland Islands, most likely due to the region's relatively undisturbed coastal areas which provide a healthy environment and abundant food for the otters.

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