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Issue 41 - In brief...

Scotland Magazine Issue 41
October 2008


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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 offers on 50 adventure activities, wildlife and sightseeing tours throughout the country to help visitors make the most of Scotland’s glorious outdoors.

The pass is valid until 31 May 2009 and covers a wide range of activities such as guided walks, bike hire, wildlife watching and adventure sports. For the first time in more than 20 years, a new tourist map of Ayrshire has been produced, showing new developments in the area including the Ayrshire Coastal Path and National Cycle Route.

Nicolson’s Ayrshire Map carries its hallmark easy-to-read mapping, clear roads and includes an index to place names and major tourist attractions. The map will retail at just £4.99 and comes folded in a card cover. Mostly Ghostly Investigations, a group of researchers collating information on paranormal activity in south west Scotland, has a new website to coincide with its official launch as paranormal investigators. If you have a story to tell, visit: or tel: +44 (0)7821 158 942.

An online database has been launched with the names of four million Britons, many of them Scots, who sailed to Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries to seek a new life in one of the largest-scale migrations in Britain’s history.

The database is fully indexed and searchable, with information including passengers’ first and last names, estimated birth years, years of arrival, ports of arrival and departure, ship names, occupations and final destinations in Canada.

Visit: for more info.