Archive for May, 2010

A Guide To The Scottish Highlands For Tourists

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
The steep south face of Ben Nevis from Sgurr a...
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The Scottish Highlands is a term given to the mountainous areas of Scotland that are to the west and the north of the Highland Boundary Fault. This region is the perfect holiday destination for tourists looking for a relaxed holiday or an action packed adventure. The area features dramatically different landscapes, making it the habitat for various plant and animal species. The Scottish Highlands are especially steeped in culture and traditions that spring forth from its unique history.

The Highlands are particularly famous for their natural attractions and offer visitors a wide range of stunning views. Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the British Isles is located in this area. From gorges to peculiar rocky features, ancient woodlands and even some beaches, the landscape of the Scottish Highlands has a little bit of everything. Visitors to this region are especially advised to visit the Corrieshalloch Gorge, the Falls of Glomach in Kintail and the curiously stacked rock feature known as the Old Man of Storr. To admire the beautiful forests and woodlands, one must visit Speyside which is home to the pinewood, or make a trip to Ardnamurchan which features a temperate rainforest.

The best time to visit this wonderful location is either in spring or early summer. During this season, tourists can indulge in various activities from hill-walking to golfing, fishing, cruising, orienteering, and water sports or even shooting. For tourists who would prefer a more leisurely holiday, the Highlands have excellent country house hotels and hideaways as well as a number of spas. (more…)

2 Famous Scottish Writers

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Scottish literature dates back to well before the medieval ages, and there have been plenty of prolific writers throughout the centuries.

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Many Scottish writers produced works in English in addition to the native languages such as Scottish Gaelic and Scots.

Each era was defined by different writing styles that were influenced by a few talented authors. Overall, Scotland’s most famous writers are from the 18th and 19th century periods. Robert Burns and Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson are some of the most recognizable names in Scottish literature.

Born in the small village of Alloway, Robert Burns has risen to iconic status in Scotland and beyond. You may

be surprised to learn that one of Scotland’s most famous writers actually wrote poems rather than novels. Burns also had musical creativity, and he integrated traditional folk songs into his poems. For example, his poem “Auld Lang Syne” has been carefully written to match the musical notes of an old folk song. Written in 1788 in the Scots language, this melodic poem has become part of a New Year’s tradition in Scotland, the United Kingdom, and other countries where English is spoken. (more…)

Let’s Talk Whisky!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Since the beginnings of Scotch Whisky a long time has passed and it evolved into what could easily be named queen of beverages. It is the best selling alcoholic drink in the world and not without reason. Since the first mention of whisky in 1494 (oddly enough, found in notes of Inland Revenue), distillers had the time needed to perfect brewing procedures.

Scotch Whisky

One of the things that are not common knowledge is that whisky is actually colourless in the beginning. It only gains its rich colour after either seasoning in sherry casks or adding caramel, that is supposedly not influencing the taste. While tasting of whisky, its age and the cask it’s been brewed in. You can know an aged whisky by thin trickles slowly making their way down the sides of the glass. (more…)

5 Scottish Scientists and their Inventions

Saturday, May 8th, 2010
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

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Although Scotland lays claim to numerous scientists and inventors, perhaps the most memorable is (1) Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922). In addition to receiving the first US patent for the telephone, he is also credited with more than 30 inventions and discoveries across a wide variety of fields. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society.

Everyone who studies chemistry will be familiar with the contributions of (2) Joseph Black (1728 – 1799). This Scottish physicist developed the analytical balance and discovered latent heat, specific heat, and carbon dioxide. His work with latent heat and specific heat paved the way for the invention of the steam engine. (more…)