Archive for January, 2010

5 most attractive things in Scotland

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Scotland is famous for many things – kilts, whisky, beautiful landscapes and castles. And there are five categories that you would like to visit Scotland because of:

1. Cities

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Glasgow’s Top 10 Attractions – Museums, Fine Buildings And Impressive Gardens

Monday, January 25th, 2010
Front of Glasgow Cathedral
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Glasgow is famous for its collection of wonderful museums and art galleries. The Burrell Collection is the city’s most famous and popular tourist attraction, drawing hundreds and thousands of visitors each year.

Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) gave his marvellous art collection to the city of Glasgow in 1944. John Meunier, Brit Anderson and Barr Gasson were responsible for the design of the modern gallery which was opened by the Queen in 1983. From magical artefacts dating back as far as the Bronze Age and much more, the Burrell Collection will certainly amaze you.

The Burrell is located on the south side of the city in the middle of Pollok Country Park. It’s easy enough to get to by public transport.

By Train: take the train at Central Station to Pollokshaws West Station. Here you’ll see signposts for the short walk to the park.

By Bus: take bus numbers 45, 47, 48 and 57 to Pollokshaws Road. (more…)

Facts about kilts you didn’t know

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
Campbell tartan kilt
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There was a lot said about kilts and their history. But some facts might not be known more commonly. And kilts is that type of cloth that has an interesting history and many secret facts that is worth to know.

Irish says that there were the one that first gave Scots this type of wearing. So do English people – they also see themselves as kilts inventors and give themselves a credit for this outfit. And what is the truth?

There are some evidence that shows Irish men and English men as the kilt first wearers. Even evidences from 11th centuries. Unfortunately, those evidence aren’t written one but also pictures that are showing probably something else than kilts. So what was the first real document about kilt?

First mentions about feilidh-malo or balted plaid (type of woollen cloth) was found in “Life of Red Hugh O’Donnell” by Lughaidha O’Clery from 16th century. More specifically this cloth was a heavy shawl that
was worn from the top to the bottom of the body, bounding it. (more…)

Edinburgh – Athens Of The North

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Edinburgh Castle
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The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is the country’s second largest city after Glasgow. Located in the south-east of the country, Edinburgh owes its rugged setting to many Medieval and Georgian style architecture and is often considered one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.

Edinburgh replaced Scone as the capital of Scotland in 1437 and altogether has around 4,500 listed buildings in the city. A census taken in 2001 noted the population as 448,625. It’s one of Europe’s major tourist attractions bringing nearly 1 million visitors a year and is the second most visited destinations in the UK after the city of London. (more…)

Most Famous Customs in Scotland

Monday, January 18th, 2010
Firework Display - Hogmanay Street Party
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The Scots are a proud people with a rich heritage steeped in culture, custom and tradition. And many of the Scottish traditions have been carried on for centuries in Celtic cultures and by immigrants around the world.

Robert Burns
The Burns Night Supper is a dinner event commemorating Robert Burns, celebrated on the poet’s birthday on January 25. Friends and family will assemble for a traditional haggis meal, accompanied by a reading of his poems and speeches, followed by a group sing-a-long to the Robert Burns’ songs. (more…)

Glasgow – Shopping, Pubs & Clubs

Friday, January 15th, 2010
Beer and wine glasses
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It’s estimated that Glasgow has over 50 nightclubs and 100 bars, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a great night out! There are venues to suit everyone’s tastes – some of the most popular traditional pubs are the Brel Bar, The Shack and The Shed, to themed bars such as the Bar Jedi which pays homage to George Lucas’s Star Wars movies, and The Cooler, which is a prison themed public house!

For the serious clubber, there are DJ’s playing the latest tunes at Archaos, the Arches, the Sub Club, Yang, Alaska and Media Nightclub to name but a few. Other popular nightclub haunts for the serious reveller include the Garage, The Savoy, Trash, the G2, Tiger-Tiger and the Velvet Rooms. (more…)

Sewing A Kilt – The Easy Way

Friday, January 8th, 2010
Spools of thread
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Wanna sew a kilt? Take these few easy steps and you will have your own simple kilt.

First purchase a tartan, a plaid, woven cloth fabric. The best tartan fabrics are found in Scotland, but a reasonable facsimile can also be purchased in any fabric store in the world.

You will need to know the measurements of the hips and the waist of the person who will be donning your Scottish masterpiece. You will also need to know the length from the hip to the knee. These measurements will determine the size of the tartan you will need to purchase. (more…)

A Short Guide To Exploring Glasgow

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
GLASGOW
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Glasgow is the perfect place for a short break, holiday or a day out exploring. It is home to internationally famous attractions all of which are close together and easily reached. Lying right in the centre of Scotland, Glasgow has superb transport links not only within the city itself, but also to and from the outskirts and countryside. From museums and art galleries to the best shopping outside of London, Glasgow has something for everybody.

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