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SSHF – Honoring Achievers in Sport

Supported by SportScotland and National Museums Scotland, the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) is part of the Sporting Scotland Gallery located in the Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, Edinburgh. The Hall of Fame features Scotland's sporting celebrities, detailing their achievements through film footage, recordings, pictures and a wide range of memorabilia, with the aim of highlighting the integral role sport has played in Scotland's cultural heritage over the past 100 years and inspiring future generations to reach their sporting goals.

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Experience the Ancient Sport of Falconry

The ancient sport of falconry may have originated in Mongolia or China in around 2000 BC and is thought to have been introduced to Europe in around 400 AD. In Scotland the sport had quite a following among the gentry in the 16-18th centuries and today, with centres at Dalhousie and Jedforest, Falconry Scotland promotes the medieval sport of falconry with displays for the public, special event appearances, various activities and tuition for those who would like to become better acquainted with the skills of these fascinating birds of prey.

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Preserving Aviation History in Dumfries and Galloway

In the early 1970s a group of aviation enthusiasts decided to excavate the site where a Wellington bomber (HE 746) crashed near the RAF Dumfries airfield on the night of 3/4 June 1943, killing three of the crew and seriously injuring two others. The official report at the time stated that the debris of the aircraft had been cleared, but rumours persisted that the bomber's engines were still on site. Initial attempts to unearth the engines were unsuccessful and a local contracting firm was brought in to continue excavating, with the result being that two Bristol Hercules engines were recovered. One of the engines had its wooden propeller intact, and visitors today can view this artifact which was the beginning of the collection that led to the formation of the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum.

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Be a Keeper for the Day at the Highland Wildlife Park

Run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the Highland Wildlife Park offers visitors the opportunity to drive around the main reserve and view a range of Scottish wildlife and animals from around the world in spectacular natural surroundings in addition to exploring the walk-around area on foot. Opened in 1972, the Highland Wildlife Park, located seven miles south of Aviemore, offers entertainment and education, with conservation being the focus.

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Duffus Castle – Historic Motte-and-Bailey Landmark

Considered to be one of Scotland's finest examples of a motte-and-bailey castle, the now abandoned Duffus Castle is located near Elgin, in the Moray council area. At the time of its construction in 1140, it was one of the most secure fortifications in the country, despite the fact that it was originally constructed from wood. The wooden structure was later replaced by a stone construction, and the castle was occupied until the death of the 2nd Lord Duffus in 1705, when it was abandoned. While time and the elements have taken their toll on Duffus Castle it is still a popular attraction, particularly for visitors interested in the history of Scotland.

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Discover Scotland's Golfing History

The town of St Andrews, on the east coast of Fife, has long been considered as the home of golf, and the British Golf Museum is dedicated to detailing all there is to know about this game that captivates countless players around the world. Located near the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse, which overlooks the 1st tee on the historic Old Course, the British Golf Museum is worth exploring, whether you're a golfer or not. Fittingly, a larger than life bronze statue of legendary Old Tom Morris (16 June 1821 to 24 May 1908) stands in the reception area and is the first feature visitors see as they enter the museum.

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Family Fun at Jedforest Deer and Farm Park

Set in the spectacular countryside of Jed Valley, Jedforest Deer and Farm Park offers the perfect venue for an affordable family outing near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. Fresh country air, breathtaking scenery, interesting walking trails, fun activities and fascinating animals are some of the features of this popular attraction.

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Moray Art Centre – Promoting Creativity

Operating as a non-profit organization, the Moray Art Centre aims to promote creativity through regional and international art exhibitions, art classes, tailor-made programmes focusing on inspiring young people, and professional artist's training. Located in the spectacular landscape of Findhorn Bay, Moray, the carbon-neutral, purpose built civic centre is most likely the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. Geothermal pumps along with passive solar building design and insulation provide the building’s heating, while solar photovoltaic roof panels produce enough electricity to supply the centre's needs and export some back to the national grid.

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