Scottish Snippets

12 October 2013

Number 648

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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Greenbank's 250th Anniversary

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has been organising various events throughout the year to mark the 250th anniversary of the opening of Greenbank House in East Renfrewshire. In 1976, Greenbank House, the 2.5 acres of walled garden and the 16 acres of the estate were given to NTS so that everyone could enjoy the peace and quiet and the ever-changing flowers throughout the year. I've updated the "Places to Visit" page on Greenbank Garden and also added a YouTube video sequences of some of the flowers, butterflies and fountain at this delightful garden. For the background to Greenbank Garden, see Places to Visit - Greenbank Garden. And for the YouTube video see YouTube - Greenbank Garden.

Scottie's Photo Diary August / September 2013

The latest photo diary page covers the two months of August and September with a selection of photos with explanatory narrative covering flowers photographed in Geilston House Garden, Argyll and Bute; flowers and butterflies in Greenbank Garden East Renfrewshire plus butterflies and juvenile Great Crested Grebes in Drumpellier Country Park, North Lanarkshire. Finally, pictures of some visitors to my own garden including butterflies, a fox and a sparrowhawk! See Scottie's Photo Diary August / September 2013.

View From The Train

A recent project by Scottish Natural Heritage is "View from the Train", a series of audio guides which take you on a journey of discovery around Scotland. You'll pass castles, forests and battlefields and travel through open glens and high mountains. It’s currently available for journeys between Edinburgh and Inverness; Glasgow and Inverness; Edinburgh and Aberdeen; Glasgow and Aberdeen; Glasgow and Oban. You can also download and play them on your PC or mobile device at your leisure. There is also a parallel series on the SNH Youtube channel where the commentary is accompanied by some illustrations. There is also a "View from the Train" free app (with commentary and illustrations) for Apple and Android platforms (search the appropriate app store). For the Web site, see: View From The Train and for the videos see YouTube - View From The Train.

Great Places to Eat - Victoria's Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Pitlochry

This well established, family run Café and Restaurant is bang in the centre of town on the Atholl Road - an ideal pit stop for coffee and cake, lunch, tea and scones or an evening meal. From here it's just a ten minute stroll down the hill, over the river to the Festival Theatre. Call in for breakfast - porridge, croissants, bacon rolls; lunchtime soup, sandwiches of every kind, from classic cheese to steak club and paninis. Substantial meals too - fish and chips, haggis, pasta and salads. Travel writer Vivien Devlin has written and illustrated review of Victoria's Restaurant. See Great Places to Eat - Victoria's Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Pitlochry

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The next newsletter is scheduled for 9 November.

Yours aye


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