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Issue 81 - Summer Sensation

Scotland Magazine Issue 81
June 2015

 

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Summer Sensation

Roddy Martine enjoys a Speyside dram

The months of summer are upon us and the Scottish landscape from coast to coast is open to all possibilities. The opportunities to touch history are everywhere, enhanced by the outstanding hospitality afforded to visitors by our multi-faceted hotels and hostelries. There are pageants and festivals, music and literary events, sporting activities and Highland Games to enjoy in abundance. And remember that 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Duke of Wellington's great victory at the Battle of Waterloo, fought in Belgium, but nonetheless epitomised by the reckless charge of the Royal Scots Greys and the valiant Ensign Charles Ewart whose 21st Century ghost, accompanied by full military bands and pomp, will be visiting his birthplace of Kilmarnock on 30 June. Be sure to visit the exhibition in the banqueting hall of Dean Castle.

In this edition of
Scotland Magazine we are taking the roads from Glasgow into Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Ayrshire, and on to the Isle of Arran; going ‘doon the watter,’ as Glaswegians would say as they set off for their holiday destinations of Largs, Troon and Brodick.

On a contemporary yet surprisingly historic note, Keith Fergus visits ten of Scotland's greatest manmade achievements which, through the passage of time, have become iconic monuments to the genius of those who created them. John Hannavy recalls the life of that great Highland gentleman, Osgood Mackenzie, who, from a barren northerly coastline, created the glorious west coast gardens of Inverewe, and Mary Gladstone visits the imposing Carbisdale Castle on the boundary of Sutherland, built as a superlative act of defiance by a disenfranchised duchess and known locally as the Castle of Spite.

Have you ever considered registering a Coat of Arms? Our resident genealogist Dr Bruce Durie, recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar Award, tells us how to go about it, and for my American friends who delight in black pudding, our cookery writer Sue Lawrence celebrates this classic culinary delight. In our new Meet the Producer series, she visits the Stornoway home of the ‘taste of the islands.’

Once again, the Hebrides is highlighted as our 2015 Destination of the Year and this time we visit Isla, Jura and Colonsay. In conclusion, we find ourselves exploring a giant concrete map of Scotland at Eddleston, near Peebles, a recognition of the Polish armed forces who so valiantly protected the eastern coastal approaches to Scotland during the Second World War.