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  • Highland Fling – by Joan Jaffe (Part One)

    We were bound to have trouble in Customs with the muesli, Dick predicted, and maybe the half jar of jam and the 47 teabags; but I said they were souvenirs and I would relive our Scottish ...

    February 15, 2015
  • Highland Fling – by Joan Jaffe (Part Two)

    The charm of hiking in the Highlands is the other side of the difficulty: that is, the mostly trackless walks, the obscure destinations only intimated by vague directions, the signless ...

    February 15, 2015
  • Lakes & Lochs of the Trossachs Region

    Often referred to with the affectionate moniker of “the highlands in miniature”, the Trossachs region of Scotland offers much of the natural beauty and exciting history of Scotland as a ...

    January 14, 2015
  • Bathgate’s History at the Bennie Museum

    Visitors to Bathgate in West Lothian will find loads of interesting information on the history of the town at the Bennie Museum, situated in two restored cottages on Mansefield Street. The ...

    October 29, 2014
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What to See

  • Attractions

    Scotland Lochs and Rivers

    Due to its long coastline, plentiful rivers and large inland lakes, the people of Scotland have long been involved in fishing and ship building. Today there are still quite a few fishing hamlets as well as many large cities which have evolved from their prominent positions by strategically important waterways.

  • Festivals

    Hebridean Celtic Festival

    Every summer a unique four-day celebration is held in the Hebrides of Scotland. This musical festival is eagerly anticipated by locals and tourists alike and it has grown in popularity at a remarkable rate since its inception in 1995. Despite its relative youth, the Hebridean Celtic Festival is the largest Celtic festival in the north of Scotland and it is a showcase of top Celtic ...

  • Nature Reserves

    St Abb's Reserve

    If you are looking for a great place to spend some time getting better acquainted with Scotland’s on and offshore animal life, the St Abb’s Reserve is a great place to go. Better known as the St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, this protected area is protected by the goodwill of those people who choose to use the area rather than by a specific group of paid professionals. These ...

  • Photos

    City Centre

    Photographs are a great way to get a feel for a country. Photographs help you to visualize what you will be likely to see and enjoy whilst on your travels and they also help you to mentally prepare yourself for what you might experience. They can serve to familiarize you with certain places and even help you to meet people you have never seen face to face! They can serve as a ...

  • Castles

    Stalker

    Twenty-five miles from Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, Castle Stalker stands at the mouth of Loch Laich. It is near Loch Linnhe, on a rocky islet known as the Rock of the Cormorants. Its Gaelic name Stalcaire, means falconer or hunter and it has had a long history of violence, particularly murder of its owners, associated with it. Right from Lord of Lorn, Sir John Stewart, who built the ...

  • Castles

    Earls Palace Birsay

    The massive ruins seem strangely out of place but still dominate Birsay. One can only imagine what Earl’s Palace was like in its full glory. It stood by the shore of Birsay Bay, a proud edifice whose cruel owner oppressed the people of Orkney as long as he ruled them.

  • Culture

    Demographics

    Scotland is a fairly small country with a reasonably high population density of approximately 64 people per a square kilometer. If you travel the country you will find that this is merely a statistical average since the population density increases and decreases in various parts of the country. The vast majority of people live in the Central Lowlands, which take the form of a broad, fertile ...

  • Golf Courses

    Dundonald Golf Course

    Dundonald Links Golf Course is a golfing masterpiece created in a region which has some of the best golf courses in Scotland. Located on the seaside near the legendary town of Troon it was earlier known as Southern Gailes Golf Club. Even before that Dundonald was an 18th century, nine-hole links layout that had been turned over to farm use during the Second World War. The property had fallen ...

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