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Scotland Magazine Issue 95

Regional Focus: Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire coastal path, Exlusive interview: Ruth Connell, Shipbuilding on the Clyde, Clan MacAulay

 

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Articles from News

50 and still going
In these times when both job security and loyalty are so often at a premium, it seems remarkable that one man has worked for the same company for 50 years. Even in the Scotch whisky industry, where f...

December 2009, Issue 48, page 10

A perfect five
The Queen Mother's former residence in Caithness has held on to its prestigious five-stars as a visitor attraction for the second year running. Inspectors from VisitScotland, the national tourism org...

August 2008, Issue 40, page 10

A pilot's view
A collection of post-war aerial photographs that helped the shape modern Scotland are now available to view for the first time on a new website. As Scotland adjusted to peace in 1945, the sight and s...

December 2009, Issue 48, page 8

A tartan for Parliament
The Scottish Parliament has launched a design competition so that they too can boast their own tartan. Entrants must be students from Scotland and the Parliamen''s presiding officer will wear the win...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 8

Airports look to future
To celebrate its 40 year milestone, Glasgow Airport has opened a new multi-million pound departure lounge. Skylounge comprises two new passenger lounges – a holiday lounge for families, and a prest...

June 2006, Issue 27, page 10

Beaver boost
Plans to reintoduce beavers into Scotland have been given a boost by the People's Trust for Endangered Species. The conservation charity has pledged £40,000 over the next three years to help the beav...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 9

Bird watching at its best
Aproject has been launched to boost wildlife conservation and tourism to the Trossachs National Park. The new Trossachs Bird of Prey trail links two viewing projects at Argaty Red Kites and at the Os...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 10

Blair Castle will be jumping
This year's Bowmore International Horse Trials and Country Fair will take place between August 25th and 28th in rural Perthshire at the magnificent Blair Castle. The world's best riders come from all...

April 2005, Issue 20, page 9

Bring back beavers
It looks like beavers will become the first native mammal to be reintroduced to the United Kingdom, if the Scottish Beaver Trial goes according two plan. Beavers are native to Britain but were hunted...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 9

Burns treasures uncovered
As the National Trust for Scotland prepares to begin work on a new Robert Burns museum, a fragment of his wife's wedding dress has been returned to Scotland to go on display. The NTS tracked down a f...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 8

Centre looks to the future
Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh has unveiled two new galleries which will guarantee its place as the ‘mustsee' experience of the summer. The exhibits, FutureDome and Earthscape Scotland represent a ...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 10

Charity is the key
Volunteers clearing rubbish from the summit of Ben Nevis were in for a bit of a shock when they uncovered a piano under a pile of stones. The discovery was made when a clean-up team from the John Mui...

June 2006, Issue 27, page 9

Choosing the right path
Improved paths and a new viewing platform are being created at Skara Brae on Orkney to help protect the Neolithic village from the trampling feet of thousands of annual visitors. In the past decade m...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 9

Clan map reprinted
The Clan and Family Names Map has been reprinted ahead of The Gathering 2009. Beautifully illustrated, the map shows the coats of arms, territories of Scottish clans, and the ancient Principalities of...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 8

Coodham raised from the ruins
Behind the ornate and opulent façade of Coodham House in Ayrshire lies a story largely unknown but one that is close to the hearts of millions of people around the globe. Here Captain James Ogilvy F...

February 2010, Issue 49, page 8

Cruelty free sporrans
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Freerangers – a bespoke accessory and footwear specialists – has launched a new catalogue incorporating new styles, as well as new patterned lorica. The extende...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 8

Edinburgh set for animal magic
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has revealed plans for its £58million redevelopment project at Edinburgh Zoo. The project is expected to take 20 years to complete, but will transform...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 9

Freedom foods
Anew company has been launched offering the highest quality meat from a working estate in Perthshire. Glenlyon Gourmet Scotland offers mail order delivery of seasonal game, estate beef, lamb and wild...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 10

Fresh battle set for Culloden
The National Trust for Scotland has launched a major appeal to raise funds for the development of a new Culloden Battlefield Memorial Centre. The current centre is outdated and is no longer able to c...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 8

Glasgow city of music
Almost 20 years after it held the title European Capital of Culture, Glasgow has been confirmed as a UNESCO City of Music. The title sets the seal on Glasgow's reputation for music, forged over many ...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 9

Hawke and Hunter
Afive storey Georgian townhouse has opened its doors as the latest addition to Edinburgh's dining and social scene. Comprising a restaurant, late-night bar, billiard room, secret garden and four dist...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 10

Health visits
Three tourist attractions in Scotland have been awarded a Healthyliving award, affirming that at least half of their food menu is low in fat, sugar and salt. Brodick Castle in Arran, Threave Garden i...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 10

Hotel gets revamp
Scotland hotel group Apex is about to open its newest hotel in the capital, breathing new life into a historic building which was Edinburgh's first purpose built hotel. The Grade A-Listed building st...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 10

House of art & history
Charles Douglas visits Duff House, one of north east Scotland's greatest treasures.

October 2008, Issue 41, page 15

In brief...
In brief... The legend of Greyfriars Bobby, the devoted little terrier who stayed by his master's grave in an Edinburgh churchyard for 14 years, has been commemorated by an official soft toy. The lit...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 8

In brief...
Controversial plans to redevelop part of Edinburgh's historic High Street at Canongate have been given the green light. The new complex will include a fivestar luxury hotel and conference centre, an o...

August 2008, Issue 40, page 10

In brief...
VisitScotland has made it easier for budget-savvy holiday makers to try out new activities with the launch of the first ever Scotland-wide Adventure Pass. The free pass provides discounts and special ...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 9

In brief...
Skye's reknowned Three Chimneys Restaurant has announced the creation of a new menu celebrating the food from the island and surrounding area. The Seven Courses of Skye menu by head chef Michael Smit...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 10

In brief...
Plans by US entrepeneur Donald Trump to build a luxury golf resort in the Highlands have been given the green light. Despite the strenuous objections of environmental groups, the Scottish Government ...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 9

In brief...
Scrabster seafood restaurant The Captain's Galley has been voted Best Fish Restaurant in the UK by the Which? Good Food Guide 2009. One of just 10 restaurants highlighted, The Captain's Galley serves...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 10

In brief...
Kilchoman, Islay's newest distillery, celebrated its first milestone on 14th December when the first cask to be filled at the distillery reaches the legal whisky requirement of three years maturation ...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 9

In brief...
In brief... Drumgolf Tours, one of Scotland's top golf tour specialists, in partnership with Rufflets Country House Hotel, is offering a formidable selection of enticing golf packages for the summer ...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 10

In brief...
West Dunbartonshire's high streets will benefit from almost £2.5 million of investment from the Scottish Government's Town Centre Regeneration fund. Dumbarton and Clydebank will receive the well-dese...

December 2009, Issue 48, page 9

In brief...
Rated the number one female player in the world, Helen Gipson, from Todheugh near Duns is now set to prove her wordy wisdom by attempting to be the first woman to bring home the ultimate wordsmith's a...

December 2009, Issue 48, page 10

In the news
Burns fundraising steps up a gear The National Trust for Scotland has launched a number of initiatives to raise much needed funds for the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, due to open in...

June 2009, Issue 45, page 8

In the news
Stories in stone A new art site in Scotland has uncovered stories of migration and Scottish heritage. The series of striding stone arches, at Cairnhead Forest in Dumfries and Galloway, have been cr...

August 2009, Issue 46, page 8

In the news
The eyes have it New pictures suggest that a remote Neolithic island burial mound may contain carvings of human eyes and eyebrows like those recently discovered on Scotland's oldest human figurine....

October 2009, Issue 47, page 8

In the news
Wigtown festival booms Nobody arrives in Wigtown because they are passing through. Not unless they are lost, that is. The market and former county town of Wigtownshire lies deep in the ‘Machars' ar...

August 2010, Issue 52, page 8

Isle of Jura to get mainland ferry
The island of Jura on Scotland's west coast will soon have a direct link to the mainland for the first time in more than 30 years. The last ferry sailed away from Jura in the early 1970s. Until recen...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 8

It's ladies night
Edinburgh's Scotch Whisky Experience has launched a series of exclusive ladies only whisky tasting events. The five-star visitor attraction, located at the top of the Royal Mile, is running new speci...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 8

Land appeal
The Borders Forest Trust (BFT) is looking to raise £700,000 to buy an iconic piece of the Southern Uplands known as the Devil's Beef Tub. The BFT has plans to restore the natural habitats and to con...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 9

Listed...
The winners have been announced for the latest List guide to restaurants in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The eating and drinking guide provides reviews and information about 800 restaurants, bistros, bars ...

June 2006, Issue 27, page 9

Love blossoms
Eagle-eyed visitors spotted that the foliage at Scone Palace in Perth had formed a heart-shaped appearance recently and assumed the Palace gardeners' had been out with the trimming shears! Suzanne Ur...

December 2009, Issue 48, page 9

Mey it continue
A new project has been launched to preserve and secure the future of HRH the Queen Mother's former home, the Castle of Mey in Caithness. Friends of the Castle of Mey will enjoy complimentary entry in...

June 2006, Issue 27, page 9

Mutiny afloat
Talisker, the Isle of Skye's single malt, has announced its sponsorship of an epic sailing adventure which will be the first to recreate the exact journey of Captain William Bligh's epic 4,000-mile op...

December 2009, Issue 48, page 10

Natural tourism is kicking up a storm
Scotland is experiencing a new fast growing tourism trend as storm watchers flock to the country's best vantage points to take in some of the world's best natural spectacles. And the Banffshire Coast...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 9

Nevis finally cleared of cairns
Volunteers have at last completed a gruelling five year programme to remove more than 120 unsightly cairns from the summit of Ben Nevis. The John Muir Trust – owners of Ben Nevis since 2000 – cle...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 8

New lease of life for landfill site
Determined efforts of local people in Fife have seen a former rubbish tip transformed into a haven for wildlife. The Balgownie Bleachfield outside Coaltown is now a 10 acre home to a variety of flora...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 8

New look for Thurso
Work has begun on a major project to restore a much loved building in Thurso to its former glory and to turn it into a high quality facility for the local community and visitors alike. The £3.5m pro...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 10

New supplier for Brit food
British Fine Foods is a new online firm that sources quality local ingredients to provide customers with the best of British speciality food products. Via the website, www.britishfinefoods.com, consu...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 8

News
Harris to become new national park The Island of Harris could become Scotland's third national park in as little as two years, if the Scottish Government approves a new proposal. Only 1,800 people ...

April 2009, Issue 44, page 8

Of Sikhs and Scots
Anew heritage trail, aimed at highlighting the strong connections between Scotland and India has been launched. Scotland has a long-established Sikh community which began in colonial India. The link...

October 2008, Issue 41, page 10

Rabbie's cottage in new hands
The small Alloway cottage where Robert Burns was born has been gifted to the National Trust for Scotland. The cottage, as well as an irreplaceable collection of artifacts and original manuscripts, an...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 8

Rosslyn on film
The mystery and legend of Rosslyn Chapel, made famous for its part in the blockbuster novel and film The Da Vinci Code, is being used as a hook to attract a new style of visitor to Midlothian. VisitS...

June 2006, Issue 27, page 9

Royal approval for new marine centre
HRH The Princess Royal has officially opened a brand new marine centre on the Isle of Mull. Taigh Solais is a new state of the art marine centre and pontoon, offering sanctuary to seafarers in the be...

August 2008, Issue 40, page 10

Safari co is green
Highland Adventure Safaris, Scotland's premier Landrover safari company is celebrating becoming the first activity tourism operator in Scotland to gain a Gold Award for its day trips in the national G...

June 2006, Issue 27, page 10

Scotland Magazine Photo Challenge 2010
The Scotland Magazine Photo Challenge is the new annual photographic competition, leading to publication of the winning photographs in the October issue each year and a selection of short-listed image...

April 2010, Issue 50, page 8

Scotland News
In brief... The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) and PhD student Andy Foote have together been studying the small population of killer whales that inhabit the waters off the west coast of Sc...

February 2010, Issue 49, page 9

Scotland News
Landmark visit A 76 year old from Canada has become the three millionth visitor to go through the doors of one of Historic Scotland's ticketed attractions in the 2009 – 2010 season. Culture Minist...

April 2010, Issue 50, page 10

Stylish hotel is a sealife centre
The Moray Firth is one of the best parts of Britain for dolphin spotting, and one hotel is offering the chance to do it in style. Visitors on a Getaway Weekend at Castle of Park, near Banff, can head...

June 2006, Issue 27, page 10

Take it to the bridge
Original sketches by the iconic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel for a bridge over the River Dee at Balmoral are to go on public display for the first time at Balmoral Castle over the forthcoming summ...

April 2006, Issue 26, page 8

That's the spirit
Whisky will soon be flowing again at Glenglassaugh Distillery after more than 20 years. First Minister Alex Salmond officially reopened the 133 year old distillery near Portsoy in Aberdeenshire. He c...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 9

Tram disruption in capital
Transport leaders in Edinburgh have announced the city's main thoroughfare will be cleared of traffic for at least eight months of tramworks. Princes Street will become a no-go area from 21 February ...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 8

Turnberry turns 100
One of Scotland's finest hotels and golfing destinations has hit the century mark. The Westin Turnberry Resort celebrated its 100th anniversary in May. Exactly a hundred years to the day that the Tu...

June 2006, Issue 27, page 10

Under the hammer
A rare watercolour sketchbook containing stunning paintings of Scottish landscapes and landmarks will be going on sale in London this February. The work of Sarah Sherwood Clarke, a skilled English ar...

December 2009, Issue 48, page 9

Watery film locations go online
In recent years, Scotland's lochs, rivers and canals have been popular sets for numerous television and box office movie moments. Now, British Waterways has mapped out the most iconic film and TV loca...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 8

Whisky attraction
The world's largest whisky collection has arrived in Scotland, brought home from Brazil by leading whisky manufacturer, Diageo. Featuring 3,384 bottles, the recordbreaking collection was built up dur...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 9

Wishart goes to the loch
Renowned Edinburgh chef Martin Wishart has opened his second restaurant on home soil, bringing his Michelin starred culinary skills to luxury hotel Cameron House on Loch Lomond. The new menu at Marti...

February 2009, Issue 43, page 10

Scotland Magazine Issue 52

Scotland Magazine Issue 52
10 Best Castles - Orkney & Shetland - 24 hours in Inverness - Scotland Magazine Photo Challenge and much more.....

Published August 2010.

Scotland Magazine Issue 50

Scotland Magazine Issue 50
50th Anniversary - Spirit Guide to St. Andrews - 10 Best Walks - Edinburgh & The Lothians - Artist Jolomo and much more....

Published April 2010.

Scotland Magazine Issue 49

Scotland Magazine Issue 49
10 Best Lochs - Edinburgh Castle - Events Calendar - Magic of the Moor - Painting - Aberdeen and Grampian and much more....

Published February 2010.

Scotland Magazine Issue 48

Scotland Magazine Issue 48
The Clyde Valley - 10 Best Easy Walks - Journeys Blend - Discovering Scotland - Broughton House - Comfort House and much more....

Published December 2009.

Scotland Magazine Issue 47

Scotland Magazine Issue 47
The Highlands Inverness - the Black Isle - and beyond - 10 Best Winter Walks - Ancient ways - Journey's Blend - Celebrity recipes - Blended Whisky and much more....

Published October 2009.

Scotland Magazine Issue 46

Scotland Magazine Issue 46
Edinburgh Castle - Whisky - Autumn Walks - Dundee & Fife- Clan Ross - Mary Slessor - Kellie Castle & much, much more....

Published August 2009.

Scotland Magazine Issue 45

Scotland Magazine Issue 45
Perthshire - The Ulster Scots - Clan Macfarlane Orkney - House of the Binns - Zeppelins and much more....

Published June 2009.

Scotland Magazine Issue 44

Scotland Magazine Issue 44
Loch Ness - Scottish Hotel Awards 2009 - Dumfries House - Stirling Castle - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs - 10 Best Traditional Scottish Pubs and much more....

Published April 2009.

Scotland Magazine Issue 43

Scotland Magazine Issue 43
Ayrshire & Arran - Events Calendar - James II - Clan Gunn - Pollock House - Haunted Orkney & much much....

Published February 2009.

Scotland Magazine Issue 42

Scotland Magazine Issue 42
Victorian Heritage Trail - Clan Macneil - The Borders - Drum Castle - Haunted Glamis & much more....

Published December 2008.

Scotland Magazine Issue 41

Scotland Magazine Issue 41
10 Best Gardens - Whisky Special - Mary King's Close - Skye & the Western Isles - The life of a lighthouse keeper and much more....

Published October 2008.

Scotland Magazine Issue 40

Scotland Magazine Issue 40
Orkney and Shetland - The merchants and their city - Ghosts of Glencoe - 10 Best museums - The Rough Wooing - Whisky Special and much more....

Published August 2008.

Scotland Magazine Issue 27

Scotland Magazine Issue 27
Kelvingrove art gallery - Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire, Explore Scotland by bike and train - Best Scottish beaches - Waterfalls - Best bookshops.

Published June 2006.

Scotland Magazine Issue 26

Scotland Magazine Issue 26
Glorious Glasgow - Bath time - Mountain biking - Golf and whisky hotels - Kinloch - Shinty - Ben Nevis - Jam - Scottish Beer.

Published April 2006.

Scotland Magazine Issue 20

Scotland Magazine Issue 20
Heart of Scotland - Stirling, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - Top tourist sites - Scottish Music - Icons of Scotland 05 - Island Hotels - Scottish cheeses - Visiting Distilleries.

Published April 2005.