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Issue 50 - Scotland News

Scotland Magazine Issue 50
April 2010


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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 Minister Fiona Hyslop welcomed Joyce Churchill, 76, with a quaich, Scotland’s cup of friendship, at Edinburgh Castle, its flagship property, to mark the occasion.

Joyce said: “This is the first time I have been to Scotland. I came to London for my son’s graduation ceremony in London and he gave me the choice of flying to Scotland or Paris. I chose Scotland as I have always wanted to come here. I am thrilled that I was the three millionth visitor. This has been an added highlight to a wonderful trip!” The Minister added: “Scotland and Canada have such strong historical links so I was especially delighted to meet Joyce from Nova Scotia and her son, Trent, from Toronto.

This has been a wonderful year for our sites, with growth in visitor numbers across our estates. The rich variety of history presented through our castles, abbeys, pre-historic settlements and other places is a key reason why Scotland is such an attractive holiday destination. Overseas visitors can explore Scotland’s culture and heritage and Scots can discover where they have come from.” Wild Wonders in Scotland The winners of a European nature photography competition have chosen Scotland as their ‘dream destination’ prize.

Janne Heimonen (Finland) and Marcus Valeur (Norway) beat off stiff competition in the contest organised by Wild Wonders of Europe, the world’s biggest conservation photography project.

The two Scandinavians will join Peter Cairns, Wild Wonders’ director and one of the project’s photographers, in a week-long visit to both the Cairngorms and, through the generosity of the owner, Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Sutherland.

“Wild Wonders of Europe is delighted to host these two young talented photographers and to show the best of Scotland’s wildlife.” said Peter Cairns “These guys both come from countries not dissimilar to here, so it’s pleasing that Scotland was the first choice.” In brief...

Stamps of approval From Tudors to Stewarts – Royal Mail’s 600 year journey celebrating the Royal Houses of the UK moves north of the border for the third issue in the series.

The House of Stewart, issued in March 2010, features the Stewart Kings and Queens who ruled Scotland from 1406 up until the death of Elizabeth I in 1603 – a significant moment in British history.

With no direct descendants, Elizabeth became the last monarch of the House of Tudor and King James VI of Scotland acceded to the throne of England.

This created The Union of the Crowns, bringing England and Scotland under one monarch.

As the first of the Stuart Kings of England, James I will be the only monarch to feature on two sets of Kings and Queens stamps. He will also appear on the House of Stuart stamps issued in June 2010.

This, the fourth in the Kings and Queens series, looks at the ruling monarchs from James I up until the death of Queen Anne in 1714.

Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Office branches, online at

Popularity poles The Mercat Bar is the Most Loved small business in Edinburgh and the second most popular business in the UK, according to a massive nationwide search run by TheBestOf to find the best local shops and companies in towns and cities across the UK.

The results of the two week campaign reveal that The Mercat Bar based in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, attracted a massive 526 personal recommendations from satisfied customers who raved about its great food and excellent service. This made it not only the local winner but also placed it second among the 30,000 UKwide businesses nominated within the campaign.

The Mercat Bar is owned by Edinburgh resident of 30 years, Graham Blakie who bought the business in 2005. With its stylish interior and freshly cooked gastro style food, this well known bar and restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere and is run by a well trained team who provide sterling service with a smile.

Graham says: “It is fantastic to have received so many testimonials and see how much our customers appreciate the great food on offer and the welcoming atmosphere.”

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