Scottish Snippets

14 July 2012

Number 630

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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Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig is 17 miles from Dumfries and is built of local pink sandstone on a hill (Drum) at the end of a long (lang) ridge (rig) overlooking the Nithsdale Hills and the valley of the river Nith. It was rebuilt with a central courtyard and was in a good enough state to receive King James VI on his visit to Scotland in 1617. These days, it is a popular visitor attraction not just for the castle itself but also the gardens and estate which are full of interest and delightful flowers and woodland trails. You can hire a bicycle in what used to be the stableyard or, if you are less energetic, admire instead the range of historical pedal cycles in the Scottish Cycle Museum, followed by afternoon tea in the former kitchens of the castle with its shining copper pots now adorning the walls. For an illustrated guide to Drumlanrig and what it has to offer, see Places to Visit - Drumlanrig Castle.

Scottie's Photo Diary - June 2012

June turned out to be the wettest June in Scotland since records began and the number of days with rain was among the highest in the last 50 years. So that somewhat restricted the opportunities to go to visit places. So this month's photo diary concentrates on flowers from my own garden and Drumpellier Country Park, North Lanarkshire as well as Hogganfield Park in Glasgow. Even so, taking advantage of the limited amount of sunshine and dry weather available, there are still lots of colourful photos of flowers and also some of this year's young cygnets and ducklings. See Scottie's Photo Diary - June 2012

I've also taken a selection of the graphics and created a YouTube slide show with background music by Dvorak at YouTube - Scottie's Photo Diary - June 2012

Best of Recent Additions

When adding links to sites on Rampant Scotland I come across some that are particularly attractive or useful. I think Atmospics is one of those - the site publishes Scottish photographic landscape greetings cards and photographic prints of Scotland. These Scottish landscape photographs and greetings cards are a bit different with pictures with lots of atmospheric effects, with scenes of Scottish lochs, rivers, countryside and coasts. If you see a picture or pictures you like in their collection you can order prints in A4 or A3 size or as 175mmx125mm (about 7"x5") greetings cards. See Atmospics.

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 28 July. It is planned to include another "Scotland Ten Years Ago - and Now", this time on July 2002 and 2012.

Yours aye


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