Category Archives: Scotland

Duke and Baron – Scotland’s Kelpies

A few years ago, a TV news item introduced me to Andy Scott, a Scottish sculptor working in metal who has created more than a dozen gorgeous works, most of which are installed in various outdoor locations in and around … Continue reading

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tattoo – a corruption of a Dutch phrase commanding a pub to close for the night so the soldiers can be sent back to barracks. The word also was used to allude to military music practice and now refers to elaborate … Continue reading

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Neolithic Orkney 1 – the Ness of Brodgar and Maeshowe

Blognote – In the interest of shorter blog posts to cater to ever-diminishing attention spans (not least of which is my own!), here is the first of several posts about the Neolithic sites on Orkney. With all the known settlements … Continue reading

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A labor of love in wartime – The Italian Chapel, Orkney

Orkney is known for its Neolithic monuments and settlements, but the islands also have their fair share of WWII history and associated sights. One of these is the Italian Chapel on the tiny island of Lambholm in the southeast corner of … Continue reading

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Greyfriars Bobby – a grave and a pub

This is another popular attraction in Edinburgh that took me 20-plus years to track down. The red granite headstone marking Bobby’s grave has only been here since 1981 which explains why it looks almost new. Various pictures I found online … Continue reading

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A Robert Louis Stevenson tribute

Just about the only benefit of my staying in the Corstorphine area on Edinburgh’s outskirts was this statue across the street from the house and a few steps from the Western Corner bus stop. (The only other worthwhile attraction in … Continue reading

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Rooms and their views – summer 2014

While I try to sort out all the fotos and stories from my summer trip, I figured I’d post something slightly out of the ordinary from my usual stuff… these are the views from some of the rooms I called … Continue reading

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A wee dram and a tour of Highland Park, Orkney

Several years ago, I got a very useful introduction to single malt Scotch from the landlord at the Ensign Ewart pub, just down the hill from Edinburgh Castle. One of the malts I tried – and liked a lot – … Continue reading

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The Kelpies are coming to NYC

From the website I found when searching for info on this year’s Tartan Day parade in NYC. The parade will be held on Saturday, 5 April, 2014 along Sixth Ave, beginning at 2 pm. When I was in Edinburgh this … Continue reading

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Introducing Edinburgh Zoo’s penguins

Edinburgh Zoo has a large and renowned collection of penguins – renowned for their daily “Penguin Parade” – when a (variable) number of penguins will take a short stroll along the pathway outside their enclosure at 2 pm each day … Continue reading

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A Scottish stone is going walkabout!

From London Independent and Univ of Glasgow. The Hogback Stone, one of the thousand-plus year old Govan stones which live in a Glasgow church, is going on exhibition at the British Museum in London. Here’s more info and a photo, … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day getaways in England and Scotland

From London Independent. Ten great places for that special weekend getaway. I especially like the gypsy caravan. Let’s hope none of them are plagued by the disastrous floods currently inundating the island.

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Top Scotch whiskies

From London Independent. Ten top Scotches, a mix of single malts and blends. Blends? Really? I bought a nip of Highland Park in Edinburgh last month; quite nice but, admittedly, not the 25 year old stuff – more like 10 … Continue reading

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winter walks around Britain

From the London Independent. Ten ideas for winter walks of varying lengths around Britain, from Wales and Cornwall to London and Scotland. I went on a woodsy walk in the Ashdown Forest (#8) years ago with Dad. It wasn’t quite … Continue reading

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Stuff to see (mostly) in London for autumn 2013 and gourmet getaways

From the London Independent. A serious list of fifty arts events and performances, live and recorded, mostly in and around London but there are a few for a day or a weekend away. Pick something and go! I’m a big … Continue reading

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A roundup of ‘Euronews’ for spring 2013

From the London Independent, DutchNews, France 24, et al. Ten gardens to visit when the weather cooperates. The Moscow Cat Circus returns. I’m hoping they get animal visas to travel outside Russia soon. Turn on your high-beams in the Netherlands; … Continue reading

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UK news roundup – April 2013 – field trips, dogs and surcharges

From the London Independent. March/April 2013. A list of ten architecture walks from London to Glasgow and beyond. Ten of the best flea markets around Britain. Mind you, most flea markets in the US are weekly affairs at the very … Continue reading

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A new Scottish hotel coming soon

From London Independent. Andy Murray, a top 3 tennis star and the top player in the UK has bought an old hotel in his home town of Dunblane, Scotland and has plans to turn it into a top luxury hotel. … Continue reading

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Top ten Scotch whiskies

From London Independent. There was a similar list published in September of 2011. New year, new list and this time, all single malts.  Top ten single malts. One entry appears on both lists – the Old Pulteney 12 year old. … Continue reading

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Winter walks in the UK

From the London Independent. Floods notwithstanding – and there have been a LOT of them recently – here is a list of 50 winter walks grouped, helpfully, by region. Pull on those boots and get cracking!

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Fireworks from Hogmanay in Edinburgh

A YouTube video of tonight’s fireworks in Edinburgh, Scotland. Happy New Year!

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Deep fried Mars bars carry a disclaimer? Come now!

From the London Independent. I must confess that a deep-fried Mars bar is still on my list of European goodies to sample and review. The Mars company apparently thinks their “good name” is being trashed because of this particular Scottish … Continue reading

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Catherine the Great in Edinburgh

From the London Independent. An exhibition devoted to Russia’s Catherine the Great is running at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh thru October 21. Hmmm. Another possibility for my fall trip.

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Upcoming festivals in Edinburgh

Just my luck that my vacation plans didn’t include checking these out first. The Jazz and Blues fest starts Friday, followed by the Arts festival, the Military Tattoo, Fringe, International Festival, Book Festival. These overlap from early August thru early September. … Continue reading

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopens

from the London Independent… After a huge expansion and updating, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is open to visitors again.

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Happy New Year from Edinburgh

New York has its ball dropping above Times Square. In Paris, there are the flashing lights of the Eiffel Tower and champagne toasts on the  Champs Elysees. In London, the lights on the London Eye go off at the stroke of midnight. … Continue reading

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