Archive for August, 2009

5 most famous Scots (+ one)

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Take a look at the list of five famous Scots. Do you know them all? Make sure you do!

1. Sean Connery – most fabulous and famous of all! Scottish actor and producer, best known for portraying the character James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connnery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in ‘The Untouchables’, laureate of Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award.

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How To Hire A Scottish Wedding Band

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Nebile's wedding on January 17, 1929
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So, you are having a Scottish wedding and would like to hire a wedding band? Well, before you even start looking at bands, you should have a serious think about what type of music and band you would like at your wedding. This will save you a lot of time and ensure you hire the most suitable band for your wedding.

In Scotland, there are essentially four main types of bands you can choose for your wedding. Pop Covers, Ceilidh, Jazz, and Tribute Bands. Each band has it own advantages and disadvantages. So let us take a look at each type in more detail. (more…)

Five Great Long Distance Walking Routes In Scotland

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
Ben Nevis, in Scotland's Grampian Mountains, i...
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Scotland has become a mecca for hill walkers over the years due to the great scenery and unspoilt landscapes. In recent years it has also become popular for long distance walking holidays, this has been helped by the way marking of many trails.

West Highland Way

This is Scotland’s premier walking route and the longest at 152km. The West Highland Way starts in Milngavie, a suburb of Glasgow. From the center of Glasgow it only takes about twenty minutes to reach the start the way. (more…)

Kilt Dance

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Scottish national dancing at the 2005 Skagit V...
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Words ‘Scotland’ and ‘dance’ for many immediately conjure up mental pictures of swinging kilts. These aren’t just cliches: since the 18th century, dance has always had an important place at all levels of Scottish society and even today, it is still very much a living tradition.

There are generally three different styles of Scottish traditional dance: ceilidh dancing, country dancing and Highland dancing.

The first one is the most accessible form of our traditional dancing. The basic dances are all fairly easy to master, are few in number and comprise mostly round-the-room and set dances. The emphasis is firmly on having fun and being sociable – there is none of the regulation and competition that marks the other forms of traditional dance and the dress-code is invariably ‘come-as-you-are’. Key ingredients of a good ceilidh include enthusiasm, a good band, and usually – but not essentially – drink.  (more…)