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Issue 82 - In the Holiday Mood

Scotland Magazine Issue 82
August 2015

 

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In the Holiday Mood

Roddy Martine embraces a warm summer

One of the joys of editing Scotland Magazine is that it allows me to follow up on almost anything I want to know. Within reason, of course.

That said, having spent most of my life writing about Scotland, I find myself continually making new discoveries.

Three revelations in particular stand out in this month's edition. In the rush of traffic crossing the west coast Border to accelerate north towards Glasgow, how many visitors, or for that matter locals, take the time to slow down and explore the remarkable Solway hinterland? We know that Robert Burns ended his days there working as an exciseman, but what else?

First of all there is the Auld Acquaintance Cairn situated just below the Old Toll Bar at Gretna and soon be complemented, so we are told, by a giant Star of Caledonia, designed by Cecil Balmond, Charles Jencks and Andy Goldsworthy, and allegedly twice the size of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North at Gateshead in England. Watch this, or rather that space.

In the riverside garden of Moat Brae House in Dumfries, the Victorian author Sir James Barrie played cowboys and indians with school friends and first encountered Peter Pan, the mythical boy who would never grow up but would make his creator rich and famous instead.

Finally, there is Carrick Multiverse at Sanquhar, created by the aforementioned Charles Jencks, and funded by the Duke of Buccleuch presumably in honour of his druid ancestors. It is hard to explain the extraordinary scale and impact of this transcendental 59 acre site up in the hills. It is something that you simply have to go and see for yourselves.

Scotland has always embraced the grand plan and there is no better example of reclaiming the landscape than Osgood Mackenzie's spectacular garden of Inverewe in Wester Ross, herein celebrated in all its botanical beauty by John Hanavy.

Currently packing the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, now in its 65th year with ambitious plans for Australia and New Zealand in early 2016.

Finally, with an almost overwhelming response, I am delighted to announce the winners of the
Scotland Magazine Reader Photographic Competition. With such a high standard, difficult decisions had to be made. I hope you enjoy the judges' choice.