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Issue 43 - In brief...

Scotland Magazine Issue 43
February 2009


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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 in an oak cask.

Founded in 2005 by Anthony Wills and privately owned, Kilchoman produces just 90,000 litres of spirit a year.

Not only one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, it is unique to Islay in that a proportion of the barley used in production is grown in the fields surrounding the distillery and malted on site.

A new website promoting Scotland by offering free video downloads of places across the country has been hailed by tourism chiefs as a great success.

Wondras is the brainchild of Shaun Brown from Edinburgh, who hopes to dispel myths about Scotland amongst potential tourists across the world.

Shaun also hopes by showing people moving footage of places in Scotland it will encourage more people to visit.

The site allows users to download video clips and photgraphs of many of Scotland’s towns, cities and tourist destinations. Four tiny piglets have become the latest attraction at the Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian, because of their dinky stature.

‘Micro’ or ‘teacup’ pigs, so called because they are rarely bigger than a teacup at birth, are becoming popular pets.

The breed is a cross between Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and Kunekune from New Zealand.

The micro-pigs are the latest addition to the zoo’s growing collection and the owners are hopeful they will provide a much needed boost to visitor numbers as they continue a campaign to keep the attraction open.

A fundraising committee, Friends of the Zoo, has been set up, and anyone wishing to help should tel: +44 (0)1506 871 111 or visit