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Scottish Legends

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
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Whether you are planning an adventure to travel to Scotland or you are interested in studying the history of the country, you will be fascinated by the legends and lore of Scotland. When researching Scottish legends, the first thing that most people think of is the Loch Ness Monster or William Wallace but the history of Scotland has produced some of the more interesting legends that people are not aware of.

The history of Halloween can be traced back to Scotland where it began as a religious celebration of the end of summer, called Samhain. Samhain is a Druid festival that marked the time of the year when the days grew shorter and darkness started earlier.

The Shellycoat is condidered the Scottish boogeyman, Boobrie is a legendary water bird that haunts Scottish lakes, Fachan is a creature who dwells in the western highlands of Scotland, Red Cap is an evil creature who lives in a castle on Scotland’s border. (more…)

5 ways to spend summer in Scotland

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Summer is in full bloom, most of us think of spending their vacation somewhere, where they could see beautiful places, engage in relaxing activities or just sit back and enjoy the moment. If you decided that this year you would like to spend your free time in Scotland, here are some ideas for what is there to do in the beautiful country:

1. Golf

Scotland is well known for it’s golfing background. If you are an enthusiast of the game, you might fancy spending you time visiting some of over four hundred golf courses – one of the oldest in the world, called links. Usually it is best to make a reservation but there is no problem with arriving unannounced. Scottish golf courses, even though some of them have their own membership policies, make a lot of exceptions for foreign tourists with only requirement being the payment between 5 and 20 GBP, depending on the field size.

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Recent Developments in the Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
Loch Ness Monster, Seasnake, Seamonster, Seesc...
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As early as the seventh century, rumors and reports of a prehistoric aquatic beast in the mysterious Loch Ness have brought many to visit this dark, deep lake in the Scottish highlands. But the mystery of the Loch Ness monster still remains something more than just legend, as sightings have continued for more than a century now. Take a look at some of the latest developments in this mystery over the last five years.

The one of the last documented observations of the Loch Ness Monster – or Nessie – occurred at October 15th 2005 at 6pm in the evening (we had also one more in 2009). A local park owner named Robbie Girvan was walking his dogs when he saw a long neck emerge from the water. Robbie ran back to grab his camera and managed to snap five photos of a “dark green and silvery” creature before it disappeared once again into the murky depths. (more…)

A Guide To The Scottish Highlands For Tourists

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
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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…)

Wild Nature of Scotland

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Whenever we think of Scotland, old castles, lakes and wilderness in general, mixed with endless fields. But there is so much more to the beautiful country than that, things people appreciate less and less these days. Days, when wild, untouched nature is becoming a rarity. But here, in this beautiful part of the world, most of it is still breathtaking and wonderful.

Scots_Pine[photo by: foxypar4]

Both flora and fauna of Scotland are typical of the north west European part of the Palearctic ecozone. Aside from the agricultural areas, most of the country is covered in woods, heather moorland and peatland. You can see a lot of native Scots Pine, Silver Birch and Heather, although there is not as much of it as it used to. In near proximity of these tres, you can find beautiful Creeping ladies tresses, which is one of the few British orchids that is almost exclusive to Scotland. If you are looking for more secluded and wild scenery, it is best to go north, where human influence is not as visible as in the rest of Scottish land, especially Western Isles.

Heather[photo by: foxypar4]

Because of the location on the world map, the plants grow differently there. The growing season starts later than in more southern parts of Britain. In the beginning of the year nothing is growing much, with just a few species flowering, but during the months of June, July and August the you can see myriads of flowers blooming all around.

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Puffin[photo by: RATAEDL]

When it comes to wildlife, Scotland also has a lot to offer. It is home to a wonderfully diverse range of species, from the bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth to the capercaillie of the Central Highlands and the thousands of seals and puffins inhabiting the beautiful coastlines. If you want to spy some of rarest specimens, then you’ll have to confine your search: to the wet lochside woods around Fort William for the brightly coloured chequered skipper butterfly; or the north coast of Caithness and Sutherland and Orkney for the Scottish Primrose endemic to the shores.

Loch_Ness_Monster[photo by: Cayetano]

Of course, when speaking of animals, we shouldn’t forget the one and only Nessie, supposedly habiting the depths of Loch Ness. But that’ of course, is another matter entirely.

Go Scotland Tours: West Scotland Highlands And Islands

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

In the heartland of Scotland, Argyll and Bute is one of 32 council areas divided in 1996. Included are such areas as Oban, the Inner Hebrides, Inveraray, Lochgilphead, Tarbert, Islay and Jura. The 2nd biggest council area in size in Scotland yet the 22nd in Population. With over 3000 miles in coastline including the islands this is a vast region with grand nature and rural life.

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What is Scotland Famous For

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Loch Ness - With Urquhart Castle in the foreground
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Well, I’ve narrowed it down to the three things that Scotland is most famous for, and we’ll see if you agree…

#3 is the Loch Ness Monster. That slimy, lovable sea dinosaur is one of the first things people associate with Scotland. Nicknamed “Nessie”, she first popped up in 1933 and has been wreaking havoc all over Scotland ever since… actually she is quite tame, and has only been seen on photograph with her infamous giraffe-like neck peering out of the water. Unfortunately, she hasn’t popped up for decades. Come on, Nessie! Show yourself!

#2 is the Kilt. The Kilt is a mysterious and exciting piece of clothing. It has been around since the 16th century and is essentially a skirt for a man. Scottish men have no problem wearing a skirt because, well, they’re Scottish, and you better not have a problem with it either. Made of twill woven worsted wool, the kilt is very durable and can withstand long days and nights of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing… which brings us to our number one item Scotland is famous for… (more…)

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
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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…)

Edinburgh – Athens Of The North

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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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…)