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Glasgow's Fascinating Riverside Museum

Since opening to the public in June 2011, Glasgow's Riverside Museum has already received thousands of visitors and is set to become one of the city's most popular attractions. With its striking exterior, said to resemble a choppy wave, the museum is located within the Glasgow Harbour on the River Clyde's north bank where it joins the Kelvin River. This easily accessible location allows for floating museums, such as the majestic Glenlee, also known as The Tall Ship, to be included as part of the Riverside Museum's features.

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Conservation and Education to Save Scotland’s Red Kites

With their striking chestnut red color, angled wings and distinctive forked tails, red kites were once a relatively common sight in the skies of Scotland. However, these beautiful birds of prey were all but wiped out as man took over their habitat, causing them to be seen as competition for available food resources and therefore a threat to be destroyed. It is recorded history that King James II of Scotland, who ruled in the mid-15th century, decreed that kites should be killed wherever possible, with the result being that red kites have not been seen in the wild for more than a century. Thanks to a conservation project called Argaty Red Kites, located on Lerrocks Farm near Stirling, this is set to change, and visitors are encouraged to find out firsthand what is being done to increase the red kite population in Scotland.

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Scottish National Mining Museum Chronicles Mining Heritage

Based at the Lady Victoria Colliery near Newtongrange, Midlothian, the Scottish National Mining Museum has a number of features to educate and entertain visitors of all ages. The museum offers insight into the natural processes of coal formation and the history of human efforts to extract this precious commodity from the earth. Visitors can join an ex-miner in a guided tour of the pithead to experience first-hand what it was like to work in a coal mine, and can discover what life was like for coal mining communities from the 13th century through to modern times. Other features of the museum include the interactive operations center, winding engine, mining machinery, and archives.

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Loch Garten – Conservation Haven

Located near the Boat of Garten village in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Garten falls within the Strathspey area of Scotland's renowned Cairngorms National Park. The freshwater loch, with its ancient Caledonian pine forests, is home to a thriving population of ospreys, with the Loch Garten Osprey Centre offering visitors the ideal opportunity to observe these fascinating birds up-close in their natural habitat, by means of modern technology and discreetly placed CCTV cameras. Ospreys in Britain had become extinct as breeding birds in the early 20th century. But, thanks to two breeding birds relocating from Scandinavia to Loch Garten in 1954, and assisted by the RSPB and other conservation organizations, the species has recovered and continues to be closely monitored.

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Discover Historic Muchalls Castle

Situated on high ground, offering a spectacular view of the North Sea, Muchalls Castle lies on the historic drovers' road between Aberdeen and Stonehaven known as Causey Mounth. The castle also overlooks the now peaceful Aberdeenshire valley known to be the northernmost point of the Scottish Highlands invasion by the Roman army.

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Iron Age Ruins of Dun Ringill

Traditionally believed to have been the seat of Clan MacKinnon for several centuries, the ruins of Dun Ringill are located on the Strathaird peninsula, overlooking Loch Slapin on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Offering a slice of history, a splendid view of the Loch and a picturesque walk to get there, Dun Ringill is a popular spot to visit on this most northerly island of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides.

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Giant Angus MacAskill Museum

The charming white-washed, thatched roof cottage located on the main street of the village of Dunvegan is home to a most unusual museum, dedicated to the tallest Scotsman in history – Angus MacAskill. Born in 1825 on the island of Berneray in Scotland's Sound of Harris, Angus MacAskill grew to a height of 7 foot 8 inches, with his body in the correct proportions for his height. Having no abnormalities or birth defects, MacAskill's height earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest natural giant who ever lived. He is also recorded as having the biggest chest measurement of any non-obese man, and well as the being the world's strongest man.

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Visiting the Town of Wishaw

There are a few theories as to how the town of Wishaw got its name, and each theory is rather plausible. It could have come from the name of a house constructed by Hamilton of Uddsten in the forest, Wishaw House, or it could have come from the fact that it used to be named Wygateshaw, meaning "Wicket Gate in the Wood". Either way, the picturesque town is located on the rim of the Clyde Valley in North Lanarkshire, which is approximately fifteen miles outside of Glasgow.

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