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The Thistle Awards 2008

On the 24th of October 2008, the winners of the 2008 Scottish Thistle Awards will be announced at a spectacular function being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The Scottish Thistle Awards is an initiative that was created by VisitScotland to honor business excellence. Over and above recognizing businesses and the quality services they provide, the media brings attention to VisitScotland and the sponsors of the awards, and in so doing, puts the spotlight on the tourism industry in Scotland.

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Venture into the History of the Scottish Highlands

The historic village of Killin sits almost exactly in the center of Scotland, surrounded by the spectacular landscapes of Breadalbane, Scotland’s High Country. Killin is steeped in historical drama, having been the stronghold of the McNabs, and later the Breadalbane Campbells, during the era of Scotland’s history when the true ruling power of the country was in the hands of the clans. It is in this unique setting that the Breadalbane Folklore Center is found.

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The Awe-inspiring Beauty of Assynt

It is not every day that one stumbles upon a part of a country that can only be described with words such as breathtaking, incredible and inspiring. And in the North West Highlands, in Scotland, awaits the beauty and brilliance of Assynt. There is much to explore and discover in the mountainous landscape of Assynt and it has become a favorite with hikers, geologists and photographers.

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Edinburgh Treefest and Woodmarket

The seventh Edinburgh Treefest and Woodmarket is set to take place on the 14th and 15th of June 2008. This popular free-admission event, which is held at Inverleith Park, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, promises plenty of enjoyment for the entire family. The two-day Scottish festival features interactive crafts, displays and stalls, as well as demonstrations of horse logging, tree climbing, axe throwing and extreme mountain biking. Visitors can join in the games and enjoy the live music and entertainment, while feasting on a variety of tasty traditional, and not-so-traditional, treats and refreshments.

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Fantastic Events at Hampden Park Stadium

Situated in Glasgow, Hampden Park is Scotland’s National Stadium. Primarily used as a football stadium, Hampden is home to the Scottish national football team and the Queen's Park Football Club. The stadium also serves as a venue for music concerts and other major sporting events.

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Join in the Fun at the Tiree Wave Classic

If you enjoy windsurfing and relish a good festival, The Tiree Wave Classic is exactly the sort of event you are probably looking for. Complete with top-notch windsurfing, great activities for the whole family to enjoy and a wonderfully friendly group of people, the Tiree Wave Classic is a not-to-be-missed event.

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Lost your wallet? If you are in Scotland, a Sporran will do

Perhaps the costume designers for the movie, Braveheart, were right after all. The leather pouch draped across a man’s kilt protected more than one’s hip-flask, one’s daily food rations or sprig of thistle for luck. The sporran, now a decorative part of the traditional Scottish dress, once protected the vulnerable area of the body for men.

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Bagpipes: The Inside Story on Scotland's Signature Instrument

Most everyone has heard the unmistakable sound of the bagpipes at one point or another, and the image that is conjured up is one of a kilt-wearing, argyle-socked Scotsman merrily piping away on what looks to be, naturally, a skin bag festooned with a number of pipes. It may surprise many to know that the bagpipes or instruments much like it - there are many variations on the basic concept - are neither exclusive to Scotland, nor did they originate there! In actual fact, historians can trace the origin of the bagpipes to somewhere in the Middle East.

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