Scottish Snippets

9 July 2011

Number 606

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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Wallace Monument

I once again visited the Wallace Monument near Stirling recently, specifically to photograph the sculptures of the famous Scots displayed in the "Hall of the Heroes" inside the building. I've used these and external views to create a slide show of this imposing monument on the top of Abbey Craig, overlooking the site of Wallace's victory in 1297 over the English army led by King Edward I at the battle of Stirling Bridge. The slide show is at YouTube - Wallace Monument. There is also an illustrated article on the Wallace Monument itself at Places to Visit - Wallace Monument.

West Lothian Tourist Guide

This is a YouTube slide show of tourist attractions and places of interest in West Lothian - the area west of Edinburgh that includes Blackness castle, Linlithgow Palace, Hopetoun House, Beecraigs country park, neolithic Cairnpapple Hill, House of Binns, 5 Sisters Zoo, Kinneil House, Torpichen preceptory and the Forth bridges. See YouTube - West Lothian Tourist Guide.

Scottie's Pictorial Diary - June 2011

Some of the photos and places from my travels last month in slide show format on YouTube, including pictures of Loch Lomond, Clyde View Park Renfrew, Drumpellier Country Park, New Kilpatrick church stained glass windows, Wallace Monument near Stirling, Culzean Country Park and a number of new arrivals - baby robins and a fawn. See Scottie's Pictorial Diary - June 2011

You may already have viewed the graphics in larger format, with accompanying text, in previous newsletters, but if you want another look, they are at Scottie's Pictorial Diary - June 2011, Part 1 and Scottie's Pictorial Diary - June 2011, Part 2.

Hamish MacInnes

I was asked to create a Web site for Scotland's foremost mountain climber, Hamish MacInnes and in doing so, learned a lot about this versatile Scot who has climbed and explored the highest mountain regions of the world, and has also contributed greatly to safety on mountains by his major involvement in mountain rescue and equipment design. The MacInnes Stretcher saves lives and is used around the world and his International Mountain Rescue Handbook covers every aspect of search and rescue. Hamish has also created highly acclaimed DVDs on Scotland as well as books of fiction and non-fiction with a mountaineering theme. This Web site gives more background to this leading Scottish winter mountaineer of his generation and information on the equipment, DVDs and books available for purchase. See Hamish MacInnes.

Scottish Textile Trail

This is a recent addition to the Scottish tourism links page. It is a unique guide to help you explore the textile visitor attractions throughout Scotland. It provides information and links to a surprisingly wide range of locations across Scotland which have an association with a world of textiles on the Scottish textile trail. As a result of the information on the site I called in this week at the Ayrshire Country Life and Costume museum at Dalgarven Mill. The display included a large number of wedding dresses from 1865 to modern times. I'll be creating a Web page with illustrations of some of these in the near future as part of the "Places to Visit" section of the Rampant Scotland site. The Scottish Textile Trail Web site is at Scottish Textile Trail.

Yours aye


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