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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

  • Art Galleries

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

    The John Watson Institute or school, which was designed by William Burn and built in the 1820s, now currently houses the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The neo-classic building was converted in the 1980's to the National Gallery of Modern Art. It can be found on Belford Road, west of Edinburgh's City Centre on a large piece of grassy land. Before this the Modern Art Gallery had ...

  • Stirling and Trossachs

    Kippen

    The village of Kippen is located in the hills of Fintry and Gargunnock. It overlooks the River Forth Valley and is a destination in Scotland that is as fascinating as it is beautiful. Kippen put itself on the map during the 1700s when a military road was constructed to link Dumbarton with Stirling. Most of the area surrounding the River Forth Valley still consists of ...

  • Distilleries

    Edradour

    At Scotland’s smallest distillery three men still makes whisky by hand. At Edradour the original equipment used over 150 years has remained unchanged. Just twelve casks of whisky are produced every week - you really have to be lucky to get a bottle of this rare single malt.

  • Castles

    Inner and Outer Hebrides

    Scotland boasts an absolute abundance of castles and castle ruins, and the Hebrides are certainly no exception. Several islands of the Outer and Inner Hebrides are home to fascinating structures dating back many centuries. Be sure to include some of these fascinating historical buildings on your tour of the Hebrides.

  • Art Galleries

    The Changing Room

    If you have a passion for contemporary art you should definitely take the time to visit The Changing Room in Scotland. This stunning art gallery is the only gallery in Scotland which is dedicated solely to contemporary art. Located at 35 Crawford Arcade in King Street this great gallery is open between 12pm and 5pm from Wednesday to Saturday and from 12pm to 8pm on a Thursday. Admission is ...

  • Castles

    Elcho

    Elcho Castle is well-preserved castle of the sixteenth century, just 150 meters from the south bank of the River Tay in Easter Elcho near Rhynd. It is four miles south-east of Perth and Kinross. The Z-plan tower house was designed as a castle that was both comfortable and easily defended.

  • Culture

    Currency

    The currency in Scotland is not different from the rest of the United Kingdom in that it is also consists of British Pounds (£), although Scottish banks print their own versions. These "Scottish notes" are widely accepted throughout the United Kingdom, although cases have been reported of a few shops outside Scotland refusing them. You will, however, not have a problem when using English ...

  • Museums

    Dumfries Museum

    The Dumfries Museum is located in the small town of Dumfries, which is in the Scottish South West. The town of Dumfries became a royal burgh in the year 1186 and was an important Scottish border for many years. Even though Dumfries is not the hub of Scotland, it has seen its fair share of famous people that lived here. Allan McNish became an accomplished Formula One racing ...

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