Scottish Snippets

16 April 2011

Number 600

The Scottish Snippets Newsletter in its original format began in April 1997 and continued in an unbroken series for 591 issues. Although no longer produced in that style, there is now this regular update on the new and revised pages on the Rampant Scotland site including "Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland".

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Argyll and Bute Here's a pictorial journey round and about Argyll and Bute in the west of Scotland on YouTube. There are pictures from Helensburgh, Rhu, Dunoon, Rothesay, Inveraray. Oban, Gare Loch, Hunter's Quay, Kilcreggan Lochs Long, Fyne and Eck plus Dunollie, Kilchurn and Dunstaffnage castles. See YouTube - Argyll and Bute.

Tam O'Ranter in the Highlands

After hibernating through a particularly tough winter, Tam thought a little self-indulgence was in order and that a brief expedition to the Highlands would fill the bill. This was a new experience for him, so he set off (by train and bus) for Inverness, often known as the "Capital of the Highlands". Inverness was designated a "city" in 2001 and has been prospering and growing ever since. Tam thought facilities for tourists in the area had improved a lot and found both food and accommodation was very good indeed. Of course, he took his camera with him and his illustrated feature on his "Expedition to the Highlands" is at Tam in the Highlands.

I didn't travel as far as Tam, just "down the road" to Rhu, where Glenarn Garden had its great display of early Magnolias and Rhododendrons. I had been concerned that the ravages of a very cold winter might have affected the blossom but I was relieved to find the garden (on a steep slope near the Firth of Clyde) was as magnificent as ever. As usual, the only problem was deciding what pictures to leave out! Some of the pictures will probably turn up in Scottie's Pictorial Diary for April but in the meantime, here's a selection in a YouTube slide show: Glenarn in the Spring.

Visit West Lothian

West Lothian is an area of Scotland just to the west of Edinburgh and the tourist agency there has created an attractive and extensive site presenting all that West Lothian has to offer visitors, covering places to go, things to do, shopping, food and drink, where to stay. Among the suggested visitor attractions in West Lothian which are covered by the site are Linlithgow Palace, House of the Binns, Hopetoun House, Blackness Castle and the Linlithgow Canal Centre. The site also has links to lots of photos of the area on Flickr. To see all that and more, click on VisitWestLothian.

Yours aye


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