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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tour Scotland Perthshire Wedding Piper


Tour Scotland Perthshire Wedding Piper. A wedding bagpiper at Dunkeld Cathedral, Perthshire, Scotland. Two American couples renewing their wedding vows on one of my small group tours of Scotland. There can be no finer place for renewal of your wedding vows than the many romantic Scottish wedding venues with whom I work so closely. Couples who are already married, for one year or fifty, can take the opportunity to publicly reaffirm their love and commitment for each other in a Scottish vow renewal ceremony designed especially for them.

Tour Scotland Skipness Castle


Tour Scotland Skipness Castle. Sitting on flat grazing land near the empty shore lands of the Kintyre peninsula, Skipness Castle seems to be in an unusual location. The clue to its existence lies in the fact that its main entrance, once defended by a machiolated gatehouse tower and a portcullis, lies on the seaward side. Skipness was built as a base in the sea wars fought along the shores of western Britain between the Gaelic birlinn and the Norse longship. In the military geography of thirteenth century Scotland, Skipness was vital as it overlooked the confluence of four important waterways; the Firth of Clyde, the Sound of Bute, Loch Fyne and the Kilbrannan Sound between Kintyre and Arran.

Its strategic importance explains the sudden switch in the ownership of Skipness in the early 1260s. A charter of 1261 confirmed Skipness in the hands of Dugald MacSween whose family had spent the previous fourteen years heightening its great curtain wall. The following year however, as King Haakon's vast invasion fleet appeared in Hebridean waters, Skipness was entrusted instead to the Menteiths, kinsmen of the Stewarts. The King of Scots was making sure that Skipness was held, spoiling any secret deals between Clan MacSween and the Norse overlord.

At some point after 1400, Skipness became part of the Macdonald lordship of the western isles. Skipness was again a border fortress but this time it lay on the frontier between the Lordship of the Isles and the kingdom of the Scots. It was one of the Scottish Crown's first targets when James IV set out to crush the Macdonalds in 1493. At first it was held for the Stewarts by their Forrester allies but in
1499 it fell into the clutches of Clan Campbell. These were western magnates with whom the Stewarts could do business and Skipness Castle remained a Campbell house for almost four hundred years.

Campbell ownership was confirmed by charters of 1576 and 1588, and was only threatened once in an unsuccessful siege in 1644 by the Irish guerilla, Alastair Colkitto. A more serous threat to Campbell ownership of Skipness was the execution of the rebel Earl of Argyll in 1685. His opposition to the catholic James VII and II threatened two hundred years of careful acquisition of power by Clan Campbell. King James issued a warrant for 'the razing down of the strength at Skipness' but its canny captain, Walter Campbell, petitioned to save his home from destruction. James' reign proved to be brief and the subsequent monarch, William II and III, was friendlier to the Campbell cause. Skipness remained in their hands until 1867 when the impoverished Campbells of Skipness took the opportunity to sell it.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tour Scotland Falkirk


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Ancestry Tours of County Building, Falkirk, Scotland.

Tour Scotland Canoe Slalom


The warmest day of the year thus far in Perthshire, Scotland. My tour Scotland guests and I spent some time by the River Tay, at Strathtay, watching young Scots taking part in a Canoe Slalom.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tour Balgonie Castle Fife Scotland


Tour Balgonie Castle, Fife, Scotland. The first day of a new tour of Scotland. Took my guests on a visit to this Scotish castle, or more correctly, 15th century Scottish tower house on the south bank of the River Leven one mile to the South East of Markinch in the Kingdom of Fife.

Associated with the Sibbald and Lundy families and once occupied by Rob Roy Macgregor, its most famous owner was the covenanting General Sir Alexander Leslie who fought with Gustavus Adolphus in the Thirty Years War. He bought the estate in 1635 six years before being created 1st Earl of Leven and Lord Balgonie. Restoration of the tower began in the late 1970s.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tour Scotland Bentley Drivers Club


Tour Scotland Bentley Drivers Club. The Scottish Region of the Club were in Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland, today. Here are some photographs.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Tour Scotland Portrait

Hello Sandy, I came across your good and interesting website. I was wondering if you can assist me in a book or portrait search. I am in search of a portrait. This portrait is a fine painting of a Scots woman; I believe it might have been painted anywhere from the 17th Century to the 19th Century, but I beleive it might have been from the 17th or 18th century. I came across this portrait a few years ago while I was thumbing through a book on Scotland. I saw this photo of this painting and it just about floored me: the female subject was a spitting image of my wife ! I should have purchased the book at that time, but I didn't. Since then, I've been keeping my eyes open for that painting or photo. I've searched in book stores looking under Scottish Art History, Scottish History, Scotland, and the like, but nothing so far. I've started looking online as well; I looked at the National Galleries (Scotland), and other such museums, but cannot seem to locate this one portrait.

Can you help me find it?

A description is in order: A portrait, very likely Scottish, of a woman, seemed noble or at least aristocratic. Possibly 17th or 18th century. Woman is somewhat middle aged, not old, melancholy expression. Red hair? (can't remember, but I believe so), slightly pale in complexion. May have a clan pattern/tartan pattern around her shoulders. Not a gorgeous woman, but stoicly elegant, long neck/face, low brow, blue eyed.

The book I saw her in was, I believe, one of Scottish history (with portraits included), or of Scottish Nobles (I don't think it was of Scottish art specifically, though I might be wrong). I happened to see this book at a discount store (Big Lots), in California, USA a few years back, and I hadn't seen it since. I recently saw a book called A History of Scottish Art, by Bill Smith, being sold online, but it doesn't let me explore the pages therein.

I hope you can help me. You might be in a better position to locate it, or have much better resources available to you, since you are in Scotland. Thank you and very much appreciated; hope to hear back !

Cheers, Dino Alvarez, Houston, Texas, USA.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tour Scotland Brodie Castle


Tour Scotland Brodie Castle. Hi Sandy, Great to see you giving Brodie Castle coverage on your web pages. You will be pleased to know that our visitor numbers are up this year, against the trend of most tourist attractions. As a long term employee of N.T.S. at Brodie perhaps I could draw your attention to one or two things.

Firstly there is no record of the castle having been destroyed by fire in 1645. Records state the castle was attacked then but only that the castle may have sustained some damage and that some of the contents were destroyed. It is thought early charters and family papers were lost then and that crops and outside buildings were damaged.

It was built as a fortified tower house in 1567, although one tower is believed to be earlier. William Burn's additions were not in a fortified style but had Jacobean gables in the original plan, later changed to to Scottish crowstep gables by architect William Wylson around 1838, when William Brodie's marriage to a wealthy heiress allowed the building works already started to be completed. Some of the fortified elements were indeed removed in the 1730's when battlements were taken down.

Your visitors may be interested to know that the Laird's apartment, part of the castle formerly occupied by Ninian, 25th Brodie of Brodie, is available to rent for holidays, as are two cottages on the estate. We also cater for weddings and dinner parties. Hope this gives you a bit more info. Regards, Mhairi Ross.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tour Scotland Faire Chlaidh

The person last buried had to keep watch over the graveyard till the next funeral came. This was called Faire Chlaidh, the Scottish graveyard watch, kept by the spirits of the departed. Scottishs Folklore.

Tour Scotland Unearthly Sights

In the big church of Beauly, West of Inverness, Scotland, mysterious and unearthly sights and sounds were seen and heard at night, and none who went to watch the churchyard or burial-places within the church ever came back alive. A courageous tailor made light of the matter and laid a wager that he would go any night, and sew a pair of hose in the haunted church. He went and began his task. Read More.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tour Scotland Skye Ghost

A Lowlander once accepted some Isle of Skye people's dare to spend the night in a haunted house. All alone at midnight, he was disturbed by a beautiful young woman. "Who are you?" he asked. "I am the ghost," she replied. But he did not believe her, and told her there were no such things as ghosts. "That's a pity," said the lady "for I have come to show you where the treasure is hidden."

"Oh well," said he "that's a different story, where is it?"

"And how can I tell you that?" she replied, "If there are no such things as ghosts, how can a ghost show you hidden treasure?"

And she vanished.

Traditional Scottish Ghost Story.

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Tour Scotland Benjamin Franklin

On the whole, I must say, I think the time we spent there was six weeks of the densest happiness I have ever met with in any part of my life; and the agreeable and instructive society there in such plenty has left so pleasing an impression on my memory, that, did not strong connections draw me elsewhere I believe Scotland would be the country I should choose to spend the remainder of my days in. Benjamin Franklin.


Scottish Proverbs and Scottish Sayings
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Tour Scotland The Soul of the Gael

The Highlanders are a grave and intelligent people, of a turn of mind peculiarly inquisitive, and susceptible mind which he naturally acquires from a rambling and excursive mode of life, and the daily opportunities he enjoys of contemplating nature on the most extensive scale. To the same circumstances it would seem we are to attribute that slight dash of melancholy with which the Highland character is uniformly tinged. The melancholy of the Highlander being far more morose, and having no tendency to misanthropy, seems rather to be a habit of mind produced by the combined effects of sensibility, solitude, and the habitual contemplation of sublime scenery. Little employed in cultivating the ground, his mind is not fettered by minute attention to a single spot; the range of his excursions is wide, but it is lonely. In tending his flocks he scales the lofty mountains, and traverses the extensive moor or dusky forest, and has occasion from time to time to contemplate the grandest objects in nature—the war of the elements, the impetuous torrent sweeping everything before it, the thunder of heaven, reverberating, in repeated peals, among the mountains, the violence of the winds, rendered furious, by being pent up in a deep and narrow valley, and snow coiled up in heaps, that interrupts for weeks the intercourse of a whole district. All these circumstances, alike unfavourable to frivolousness of thought, are well calculated to fix down the mind to habits of sober thinking, and to impress it with serious meditation on the vicissitudes of human affairs. Notwithstanding this general character of what may be called pensive susceptibility, which belongs to the Highlander, he is in the highest degree alive to joyous feelings. The Highlanders are fond of music and of dancing, with diversions of all kinds. In ancient times,when the hospitality of the chieftain furnished subsistence to his numerous dependants, it is remembered, in the traditions of the generation last passed, that the recitation of ancient Celtic poetry formed their favourite amusement; thus innocently did they twine the garland around dark Winter's brow. Beriah Botfield (1829).

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Tour Scotland Clan MacLaren


Tour Scotland Clan MacLaren. A Clan MacLaren Tour of Scotland. This Ancestry tour of Scotland included, Abbot House Dunfermline, Abernethy Round Tower, Balquhidder Old Kirk, Balquhidder Graveyard, Black Watch Monument Aberfeldy, Bridge of Balgie, Crail Pottery, Croft Moraig Standing Stones, Dunfermline Abbey Church, Dunkeld, Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunning Churchyard, Dupplin Cross, Falkland, Forth Railway Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, Glen Lyon, Highland Perthshire, Highlands of Scotland, Highland Sheiling, Little Glenshee, Loch Earn, Loch Lubnaig, Loch Tay, Methven Castle, Methven Church, Murthly Castle, Murthly Chapel, Perthshire Scotland, River Lyon, River Tay, Rumbling Bridge Falls Scottish Liqueur Centre, St andrews City, St Andrews Old Course, Trossachs of Scotland , and so much more. Clan MacLaren Tour Photographs. More Photo Albums from the MacLaren Tour of Scotland including Balquhidder Scotland, Ceres Highland Games Scotland. This Tour of Scotland was based out of Dunkeld Scotland.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tour Scotland St Madoes Apartments


Tour Scotland St Madoes Apartments. Tay View. These very attractive ground and first floor holiday apartments are set within a magnificent Grade A listed baronial castle, designed by Robert Adam and built in 1784. Elegantly furnished, Tower View has a very spacious drawing room with a marble fireplace and tiny turret room leading off. Tay View boasts wonderful feature windows throughout with walnut and oak shutters, a unique tower bathroom and like Tower View has a drawing room that overlooks the River Tay. The apartments are situated on the edge of a small village within the fertile Carse of Gowrie along the banks of the River Tay, which is renowned for production of soft fruit. Perth (6 miles) has excellent shops, restaurants and bars and theatre. Edinburgh and Glasgow just over an hour's drive, as is skiing at Glen Shee. St Andrew's, the home of golf, 40 minutes' drive. Pub ½ mile.

First floor: Spacious, open-plan living/dining-room with open fire and walnut and oak shutters. Well-equipped, modern kitchen with breakfast area. Double bedroom with 6ft four-poster bed. Drawing room. Bathroom/W.C. with free-standing, roll-top bath and over-bath shower.

*Radio/CD *D/washer *Fridge/freezer *Large shared garden

*Elec and full NSH £30 pw *Open fire - initial fuel incl, thereafter avail locally *Parking (2 cars) *Shop 1/2 mile *TV (Freeserve) *DVD *Auto wm/tumble dryer *M/wave *T/cot *Duvets with linen and towels *Non-smokers only *Friday to Friday. Tour Scotland St Madoes Apartments.

Tour Scotland St Fillans Cottage


Tour Scotland St Fillans Cottage. The Oaks, Perthshire, Scotland. This charming detached Victorian cottage, lies within its own acre of mature garden, complete with trickling burn and footbridge leading to a small paddock. The views from the cottage look over the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The delightful St Fillans 9-hole golf course is a few minutes' walk away and the Loch Earn sailing club is close by with moorings for hire as well as loch and fishing permits available. The conservation village of Comrie (12 miles) has many shops and eateries as well as the Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre. Pub 400 yards.

Living room with open fire in surround. Dining-room/kitchen with oil Aga and open fire. Utility. Shower room/W.C. (low ceiling). Single bedroom. First floor: Double bedroom with coombed ceiling. Twin-bedded room with pull-out bed (alternative sleeping). Separate W.C.

*Elec and full oil CH incl (Winter £30) *Open fires - fuel incl *Oil Aga - fuel incl *Ample parking *Shops ¼ mile *TV *DVD *Radio/cassette/CD *Auto wm *T/dryer *M/wave *D/washer *American f/freezer *Cot *H/chair *Large lawned garden with patio, furniture, rocky burn (toddlers beware!), steep sides, bridge to woodland area *Secure cycle store *Duvets, linen and towels *Friday to Friday. Tour Scotland St Fillans Cottage.

Tour Scotland Pitlochry Cottage


Tour Scotland Pitlochry Cottage. Kingfisher Cottage. On the outskirts of Pitlochry this attractive holiday bungalow, with private fishing from a jetty set on the banks of the River Tummel at the bottom of the garden, and is ideally located for Pitlochry's Festival Theatre, or for a leisurely ramble along the river bank. Hill and glen walking, angling, birdwatching, riding, golf and white water rafting all nearby. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Lounge/dining room with patio doors & double sofa bed, dining kitchen, utility, 3 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single, bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet & basin, separate toilet & basin.

Services: GFCH. All fuel (Apr-Sep), power, bed linen (duvets) & towels inc. Fuel £20pw (Oct-Mar). Parking for 3 cars. Satellite TV. Video. DVD player. Radio/CD player. Gas hob & oven. D/washer. Freezer. F/freezer. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. Enclosed garden with furniture & sloping bank to fenced river, young children may require supervision. One dog welcome. Easy Walking Access. Non smokers only. Friday to Friday bookings. Tour Scotland Pitlochry Cottage.

Tour Scotland Dollar Cottage


Tour Scotland Dollar Cottage. The Bothy. Set in the heart of the tiny village of Pool of Muckhart in the Devon valley, just 11 miles south of Gleneagles, these cosy stone cottages make a perfect base for exploring this lovely area. With welcoming woodburning stoves making this a delightful retreat whatever the season. Inn Cottage (ref 19910) and The Bothy (ref 23272) are ideal for two families holidaying together with the bonus of their own private space. Conveniently close to the village pub, where Devon Ale is brewed and excellent meals are served, and with a good variety of eating places in Dollar, 3 miles. Golf in village, amid spectacular scenery, or at Gleneagles or any of the many courses in the area; fishing and walking locally. The spectacular Rumbling Bridge gorge walk, 2 miles or further afield explore the Trossachs and the Loch Lomond National Park. Stirling, 17 miles, has the ancient Wallace Monument and the castle to see, while Perth, 25 miles, has a wonderful concert hall, and excellent theatre, one of the oldest in Scotland. Shops 100 yards, pub 150 yards.

All on ground floor: Lounge with double sofa bed/dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin, shower room with toilet & basin.

Services: Solid fuel CH. All fuel, power, bed linen (duvets) & towels inc. Parking for 3 cars. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD player. Elec hob & oven. M/wave. Washer/dryer. Wifi broadband access. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. Easy Walking Access. Non smokers only. Friday to Friday bookings. Tour Scotland Dollar Cottage.

Tour Scotland Stanley Cottage


Tour Scotland Stanley Cottage. Shielhill Bothy. Converted from the old stable buildings, this wonderful holiday cottage is bright, spacious and modern. The open-plan living area is set on the first floor taking full advantage of the seasonal views over surrounding farmland. Perth is only 5 miles away where visitors will find excellent shopping, restaurants, bars, and a superb theatre and concert hall. The famous Scone Palace is approx. 4 miles from the cottage, and less than an hour's drive leads to Stirling, Edinburgh or Glamis castles. Stanley Mills, a unique complex of water-powered cotton mills, is situated within walking distance on the banks of the River Tay (¾ mile), and a wide range of outdoor activities are also available nearby, including fishing, cycling, white water rafting, clay pigeon shooting, canyoning, archery and golf.

Double bedroom (5ft bed) with en-suite shower room/W.C. Twin-bedded room with TV/DVD. Bathroom/W.C. with over-bath shower. First floor: Living/dining-room with wood-burning stove, exposed stonework, rugs on wooden floor and well-equipped modern fitted kitchen area with sloping ceiling.

*Elec and full CH by meter reading *Wood-burning stove - initial fuel incl, thereafter avail at cost *Parking (for 2 cars) *Shops ½ mile *TV/DVD *TV/video *Radio/cassette *Auto wm *T/dryer *M/wave *D/washer *Freezer *Covered verandah-style sitting-out area, furniture *Barbecue *Secure cycle storage *Duvets with linen, towels *Non-smokers only. Tour Scotland Stanley Cottage.

Tour Scotland Kirriemuir Cottage


Tour Scotland Kirriemuir Cottage. Plovermuir Cottage. In the grounds of the owner's property, this stylish, spacious steading conversion offers a high standard of comfort in a peaceful farm setting. A secluded west-facing sitting-out area is reached by French doors from the light and airy living room. In an elevated setting with partial views over the Vale of Strathmore, the cottage makes a tranquil base from which to explore this fascinating area. Kirriemuir, the Gateway to the Glens, is a short walk where winding, narrow streets converge on the town centre leading to JM Barrie's birthplace. Superb golf courses, walking, riding and fishing can be enjoyed, as well as good eating places in the immediate locality. Glamis Castle (5 miles) is well worth a visit. Perth and Dundee are both an easy drive away.

Living room with sofa bed (alternative sleeping) and French doors to sitting-out area. French doors to kitchen/dining-room with tiled floor. Shower room/W.C. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and Velux windows. Bathroom/W.C. with over-bath shower and Velux window.

*Elec and full oil CH (underfloor on ground floor) incl *Parking (for 2 cars) *Shop ¼ mile *TV (Freeview) *DVD *Radio/cassette/CD *Auto wm *M/wave *T/cot *Courtyard with patio and furniture *Barbecue *Secure cycle store *Duvets with linen and towels *Non-smokers only *Friday to Friday. Tour Scotland Kirriemuir Cottage.

Tour Scotland Aberfeldy Cottage


Tour Scotland Aberfeldy Cottage. Tomchannon West Farm Cottage. This very cosy, traditional stone semi-detached cottage, with open fireplaces is situated in a marvellous rural setting and surrounded by enclosed gardens. It has open views of the valley and surrounding hills and is just 11/2 miles from the town of Aberfeldy (where you can try your hand at blending your own whisky). This popular town can be reached by a very pleasant riverside walk with a restaurant along the way. For lovers of wildlife and outdoor pursuits there is golf and angling (permits can be obtained locally), canyoning, whitewater rafting, cycling, hill climbing and walking. Shops 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Lounge/dining area with wooden floor, kitchen, TV snug, double bedroom, bathroom with toilet & basin.

Services: Open fire. OFCH (£30 pw Sep-Apr). All logs, power & bed linen (duvets) inc. Video (small library). Stereo/CD. Elec cooker. F/freezer. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. Enclosed garden with patio & furniture. BBQ. Cycle store. Easy Walking Access. Non smokers only. Friday to Friday bookings. Tour Scotland Aberfeldy Cottage.

Tour Scotland East Neuk Cottage


Tour Scotland East Neuk Cottage. Barra Cottage, Elie. This bright sunny cottage, with its own pretty enclosed courtyard garden, lies only moments away from an award-winning sandy beach. One of a delightful row, it stands on a quiet road behind the sands, and offers a well furnished and equipped holiday base, which is convenient for shopping and dining out. Sailing and windsurfing (with tuition) at Elie harbour, and boat trips to the Isle of May from Anstruther. The quaint fishing villages of the East Neuk beckon exploration, and can be reached on foot along the Fife coastal path. St Andrews (14 miles), with Sea Life Centre, Byre Theatre, excellent shops and restaurants, and of course world famous for golf.

Double bedroom. Twin-bedded room (2ft 6in beds) with wood-panelled walls. Shower room/W.C. Utility. First floor: Spacious open-plan living room with gas fire, dining area and well-equipped modern fitted kitchen with door to garden. Bathroom/W.C., shower attachment. Second floor: Double bedroom (2ft 6in zip & link beds) with sloping ceilings.

*Elec, full gas CH *Roadside parking 10 yds *Shops 100 yds *TV *Video *Radio/cassette/CD *Auto wm *T/dryer *M/wave *D/washer *Freezer *Enclosed garden with patio, furniture, small unfenced pond (toddlers beware!) *Barbecue *Cot, h/chair by arr *Duvets, linen, towels *Non-smokers only *Friday to Friday. Tour Scotland East Neuk Cottage.

Tour Strathcarron Scotland


Tour Strathcarron Scotland. Lone Dubh. This detached house is set in the small community of Kenmore and enjoys spectacular views across open countryside towards Loch Torridon and the Torridon Mountains. Superb location for climbing, walking or mountain biking. Super base for touring. Visit the Beinn Eighe National Reserve, NT Inverewe Gardens or go further afield to the magical Isle of Skye. Fully equipped with specialised disabled equipment. Shop 7 miles.

Ground floor: Lounge, dining room/kitchen, utility, small library, 2 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 single with 4ft bed, bathroom with specialist jacuzzi bath, shower room with toilet & basin, separate toilet & basin. First floor: 2 bedrooms with sloping ceilings - 1 double, 1 single, bathroom with toilet & basin.

Services: OFCH. All power & bed linen (duvets) inc. Oil £30pw poa. Parking for 4 cars. Video (small library). Stereo/CD. Elec cooker. Oil Range. Freezer. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. Large enclosed garden with sitting out area. Tour Strathcarron Scotland Rent A Cottage.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Tour Scotland Early July


A very successful early July small group Tour of Scotland. This tour of Scotland included, Abbot House Dunfermline, Ardoch Roman Camp, Aberdour Castle, Ardvreckie House view, Branklyn Gardens, Bridge of Balgie, Castle Campbell, Croft Moraig Stones, Dunfermline Abbey Church, Dupplin Cross, Dysart, Falls of Dochart, Famous Grouse Distillery, Forth Railway Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, Gatehouse to Ardverikie House, Glencoe, Glenlyon, Greyfriars Graveyard, Highland Cows, Highland Scotland, Highland Sheiling, Innerpeffray Chapel, Keltneyburn Smiddy, Kenmore, Killin, Laggan Dam, Loch Laggan, Loch Leven Highlands, Loch Tay, Newburgh Marriage Lintel, Newtyle Fishing Beat, Perth, Perthshire Scenery, Pittenweem, River Forth, River Lyon, River Tay, Robert the Bruce Monument, Rumbling Bridge, Scone Palace and Gardens, Scottish Liqueur Centre, Sherriffmuir Battlefield, St Andrews City, St Andrews Old Course, St Monans Harbour, St Serf's Church in Dunning, Stirling Bridge, Stirling Castle, The Sma Glen in Perthshire, Tannochbrae Tearoom in Auchtermuchty, William Wallace Monument, and much more. Photographs from a July Tour of Scotland.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tour Scotland July Rain


Tour Scotland July Rain. July is often the wettest month in Scotland. Heavy downpours, as we had today, may occur, but they are normally quite short-lived, and if you simply shelter in your vehicle, they will soon pass by. For detailed information on the weather in Scotland, please check out: BBC Scotland Weather.

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Tour Scotland Web Link

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Tour Scotland Sunset Song

Trying to locate an Audio Book copy of Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Have been at the centre at Arbuthnott but they couldn't help. My husband has a copy read by, I think , the Scots actress Eileen McKinnon or McCallum? which has been damaged and I would like to replace. Don't know if you can help but thought it was worth a try! Many thanks, Janice Forrest.

Can anyone help ?

Tour Scotland Caber Records

Hi Sandy, This is the owner from Caber Records. Today I visited your Tour Scotland website, and I really like it. I am interested in your site because it is relevant and would make a good complement to my existing content. Sincerely, Anne Moore.

Download Scottish Music, Scottish iTunes. Scotland has a strong folk and musical tradition, with an amazing number of singers, songwriters and musicians.

Tour Scotland Leith Hall

Hello Sandy, I am a visual artist and I am working on an art project based on the history of Leith Hall in Scotland. I am wondering if you could help me. I would like to find out the name and the kind of a dog that belonged to the Colonel Alexander Sebastian Leith-Hay. Unfortunately the web reproductions of his ceremonial portrait with the dog are just not clear enough. I would very much appreciate your response. Sincerely, Maria Petschatnikov.

Can anyone help with this question ?

Dougie MacLean Scotland

Hi Sandy, I agree that Dougie MacLean is a wonderful songwriter and performer of Scottish songs. My people came to NZ from the Isle of Rona, and so I am very interested in my Scottish roots. We visited Scotland in 2006 and as we knew some of his work, we looked him up on google , specifically to see where he was playing. We traveled from Edinburgh to Innerleithen for a music festival where he was guest artist. We were not disappointed. He worked with the audience and had a singing. Later we all went to the pub for a session. Dougie played his fiddle. But what was awesome was that he was so encouraging of other performers. I hear he has been in New Zealand before, but it would be wonderful it he could come to the NZ folk Festival in Wellington. Cheers. Rona Cooper, Levin New Zealand

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tour Scotland Ancient Crafts


Tour Scotland Ancient Crafts. The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, is founded on experimental archaeology, and all visitors are invited to try out a wide range of ancients crafts.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tour Scotland Highland July Cows


Tour Scotland Highland July Cows. Scottish Highland Cattle on a narrow road in the Highlands of Scotland.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tour Scotland Highland Enchantment


Tour Scotland Highland Enchantment. Hello Sandy Stevenson,
It would be really great if you added my novel to your web site. Here is a short description of the novel. "Alyssa Mead's well-ordered life is turned upside down when she inherits a bleak and rambling house on a remote Scottish island. Curious to know why the house was left to her, Alyssa soon becomes dangerously entangled with the local islanders. Increasingly aware of an unseen presence which lurks in the shadows, she finds herself slipping between two worlds. With a growing sense of unease, Alyssa fears a ghost from the past is trying to possess her. To her dismay, she discovers there is a rival claimant to the old house. And what about the enigmatic Rory, where does he fit in? The island holds many secrets for Alyssa to uncover..." Best wishes from Charmian Stewart (Bondi) . Highland Enchantment.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Tour Scotland St Andrews Busker


Tour Scotland St Andrews Busker. A Busker playing the fiddle today in Market Street, St Andrews, Scotland.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tour Scotland Cruise Ship Pipers


Tour Scotland Cruise Ship Pipers. Scottish Bagpipers welcoming cruise ship passengers ashore on this wet and windy morning under the Forth Railway Bridge in South Queensferry, Scotland.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Tour Scotland Cille Choirill


Tour Scotland Cille Choirill Church and Graveyard. The hill where St. Cairell had his cell is named after him in Gaelic, Cille Choirill, and is close to Roy Bridge. It is very sacred to the people, and has a 15th century church in his honour and an ancient burial ground. Cille Choirill Church and Graveyard Photographs.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tour Scotland Secret Bunker


Tour Scotland Secret Bunker. Scotland's best kept secret, until now !! Scotland’s best kept secret for over 40 years, Until Now. Hidden beneath a Scottish Farmhouse, a tunnel leads to Scotland’s Secret Bunker. 24,000 square feet of secret accommodation on two levels, 100 feet underground. Discover the twilight world of the Government Cold War. Take the opportunity to discover how they would have survived, and you wouldn’t ! One of Scotland’s deepest and best kept secrets. For Opening Times and Contact Details, click here.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tour Scotland Highland Stream


Tour Scotland Highland Stream. A bubbling Scottish Highland Stream South of Bridge of Balgie, near Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Tour Scotland Summer Grazings


Tour Scotland Summer Grazings. These shielings, or temporary homes, can be found on the old Drovers road between Bridge of Balgie, and Ben Lawers Visitor Centre, in Perthshire, Scotland. These buildings were used when Highland Cattle were taken into the mountains for summer grazing.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Tour Scotland Robert Burns Epitaph


Tour Scotland Robert Burns Epitaph. Robert Burns died at his own house in Dumfries on 21 July 1796, at the age of 37. He was given a funeral with military honours and buried in a corner of St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries. In 1815, Burns was reinterred in a specially built mausoleum, paid for out of public subscription, at a cost of around £1500.

Consigned to earth, here rests the lifeless clay,
Which once a vital spark from heaven inspired!
The lamp of genius shone full bright as day,
Then left the world to mourn its light retired.

While beams that splendid orb which lights the sphere,
While mountain streams descend to swell the main,
While changeful seasons mark the rolling years,
Thy fame, O Burns, let Scotia still retain.

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