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Spend a Day in the Country at Almond Valley

Stretching over twenty acres alongside the River Almond, near Livingston, Almond Valley offers a superb venue for a family outing - 361 days of the year, rain or shine. Visitors to Almond Valley will have a host of activities to choose from, with something to appeal to every age group. History buffs will appreciate the fact that the 18th century buildings of the original Livingston Mill and farm have been restored and remain an integral part of the site, serving as the tearoom, indoor play areas and home to some of the farm's smaller animals. More modern buildings house the reception, main museum and various display areas, with the railway station nearby where visitors can board the train for a ride on a narrow-gauge track.

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Travel by Steamer on Scotland's Waterways

Built by Glasgow-based shipbuilders A&J Inglis, and launched in October 1946, the PS Waverley has an interesting history, and today offers leisurely trips to a variety of spectacular destinations along the waterways of Scotland, including the seaside resort of Ayr, Blairmore, the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig, Clydebank, Carrick Castle, Loch Tyne, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Kilcreggan, Rothesay, Armadale, Raasay, Inverie, the Isle of Iona, Mull of Kintyre and many more. As the world’s last remaining seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer, the PS Waverley is managed by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and is listed in the British National Register of Historic Ships.

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Visit the Birthplace of Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie

Visitors to the charming town of Dunfermline in Fife will find it worthwhile to set aside some time to explore the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum. As the name suggests, this historic stone cottage was the birthplace of Scottish-born philanthropist and millionaire, Andrew Carnegie (25 November 1835 – 11 August 1919). Carnegie immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13 years old, and it was there that he made his fortune. But he never forgot the land, and town, of his birth, and Dunfermline was where he built the first of nearly 3,000 libraries he funded throughout Scotland and in other parts of the world.

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Explore the Great Glen Canoe Trail

Stretching over a distance of sixty miles between Fort William and Inverness, the Great Glen Canoe Trail is the first of its kind in Scotland. Winding its way through natural lochs and manmade canals, the trail offers canoeists the opportunity to view some of the most spectacular scenery in the Scottish Highlands from a different angle. The trip generally takes five days to complete and is best done from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east - the direction of the prevailing wind.

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Visit the Island of Ulva

With its history of human habitation going back to prehistoric times, the island of Ulva in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, and has some interesting natural and historical attractions for visitors to explore. Geologists have concluded that the region in which Ulva is situated was volcanically active millions of years ago, and it's this volcanic activity that led to the formation of the spectacular basaltic column-like cliffs, referred to as 'The Castles' on the south coast of the island. The hot lava cracked as it cooled and over the centuries the elements eroded the weaker matter between the cracks, leaving huge columns behind. Later glacial activity dug out the sea lochs – Loch na Keal and Loch Tuath - on the north and south east sides of the island.

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New Food and Drink Trail for Scottish Borders

Foodies visiting the spectacular Scottish Borders can now enjoy the recently launched Scottish Lowlands Food and Drink Trail dedicated to promoting local produce in the Borders, East Lothian, the Clyde Valley and Fife. Created by Farm Stay, the trail includes more than fifty of the organisation's members, offering (as the name suggests) the opportunity for visitors to stay on a working farm. The launch of the new trail took place at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells, Roxburghshire, on September 16 with a mint-condition 1912 Model T Ford reminding visitors of a time when life moved at a slower pace and people took time to enjoy the simple things, including farm-fresh food.

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Visit the Birthplace of James Clerk Maxwell

The innovative thinking of Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell laid the foundation for many items we take for granted today, such as radio, television and mobile phones. To honor the man who is widely considered being one of the greatest scientists ever, the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation purchased his birthplace in Edinburgh in 193 and turned it into a museum and educational venue. Today visitors (by appointment) to 14 India Street can view a growing collection of items related to James Clerk Maxwell, his family and associates, while reflecting on the impact his innovations continue to have on the world today.

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Alloway – More Than a Suburb of Ayr

Best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns, it is thought that Alloway's history may date back to the time of Saint Mungo, who lived from 528 to 614. Recorded history includes the building of the Auld Kirk Alloway in 1516, which incorporates parts of a church thought to date back to the 13th century, and it is around this historic building that the village on the banks of the River Doon developed. At that time Ayr was two miles away, but today Alloway has become a suburb of the city, while still retaining its peaceful village atmosphere.

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