Scottish Snippets

25 June 2011

Number 605

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 updated pages on the Rampant Scotland site including "Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland".

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Cairnpapple Hill

There are many folk in Scotland who are not aware that Cairnpapple Hill (in West Lothian, north of Bathgate and 17 miles west of Edinburgh) has one of Scotland's oldest historic monuments - a neolithic henge and burial cairn from 3,000 years ago. It was only rediscovered in the late 1940s but is now supervised by Historic Scotland. Visitors from around the world come each year to see the impressive site and climb down into the burial chamber at the top of the hill and the cairn of stones that were left there thousands of years ago. Inside, the ancient grave still has its massive upright stone rising around 8 feet high at its head. The human remains found there during archaeological excavations showed that the body had probably been wrapped in organic material and two distinctively decorated pots known as beakers had been left full of food and drink. For an illustrated description, see Cairnpapple Hill in Rampant Scotland at Places to Visit - Cairnpapple Hill.

Stained Glass Windows in New Kilpatrick Church

I drive to all sorts of places I've never been to before and never realised that practically on my doorstep the New Kilpatrick church had such a magnificent set of stained glass windows. Almost every window is decorated in this manner and as a result, the church is now an "A" category listed building. I have created a video slide show of pictures of the windows on the Rampant Scotland channel on YouTube. I think it illustrates all the stained glass windows in the church - though it would be easy to miss one! See YouTube

Scottie's Photo Diary - Second Half of June

There were a few days in the second half of June when the sun shone and on one of those in particular, I went of to Loch Lomond with my camera. Then there's Cairnpapple Hill and nearby Beecraigs Park plus Clyde View Park in Renfrew with HMS Dragon with a large Welsh dragon painted on her bows on the other side of the Clyde. I've also included a couple of large pictures from the ones taken at New Kilpatrick church. See Scottie's Photo Diary - Second Half of June The YouTube video slide show of the pictures from both halves of June will be included in the next newsletter.

Index of Video Slide Shows

There are now around 60 video slide shows on the Rampant Scotland Channel on YouTube - all covering various places and events in Scotland. To make it easier to access them, I've updated the index on the Rampant Scotland site itself. You can see all the descriptions and link directly to them on YouTube via Index of Rampant Scotland Video Slide Shows

Islay and Jura

Lat year, I paid a flying visit to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides with my daughter. We enjoyed the day trip so much we decided to try another island - Islay this time. We managed to visit every working distillery on the island (there's eight of them) as well as take pictures of many of the attractive towns on the island. The mountains of the neighbouring island of Jura were also within range of the camera. All these and a lot more will be in the next edition of the newsletter.

Yours aye


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