Scottish Snippets

12 July 2014

Number 664

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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Murder and Mayhem in Edinburgh

Sharma Krauskopf has written scores of book reviews and gives her views on two successful crime writers, Ian Rankin (pictured on the right) and Quintin Jardine whose stories are both about detectives who operate in Edinburgh but in totally different ways. See: Murder and Mayhem in Edinburgh

Scottie's Photo Diary for Late June

A collection of photographs of flowers and wildlife with descriptive text covering the later part of June at such locations as Culzean Castle Country Park, Greenbank Garden, Drumpellier Country Park and Hogganfield Park plus My Own Garden. See Scottie's Photo Diary for late June

The Caretaker

When Sharma and her husband purchased Eshaness Lighthouse in the Shetland Islands one of their biggest concerns was who would take care of it when we were not there. They needn't have worried - and this article is dedicated to a wonderful man whom Sharma came to treasure in a special way. Graphic on the right showing Esha Ness and its lighthouse is by Martin Southwood, via Wikimedia. See: The Caretaker

Lighthouses - Toward Point

Toward Point is the southern extremity of the Cowal peninsula, near the village of Toward (pronounced as in coward) and six miles south of Dunoon, Argyll. Graphic on the left is by William Craig, via Wikimedia. See: Lighthouses - Toward Point

Lighthouses - Lady Isle

Established in 1903, the lighthouse is not the standard round tower type but rather consists of a platform built on buttresses with an exterior stairwell. It lies 2 miles [3.2 km] SouthWest of Troon. See: Lighthouses - Lady Isle

Lighthouses - Killantringan

In 2005, it was decided that Killantringan was surplus to requirements and the light was permanently discontinued in January 2007. The light keepers' house and the smaller adjacent cottage are let as self-catering holiday accommodation by the current owners. The graphic on the left is by Paul Jenkins, via Wikimedia. See: Lighthouses - Killantringan

Far and Wide - Feast of St Barr

The island of Barra in the Western Isles is named after this saint. Barra International Airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The graphic showing Barra isthmus is via Wikimedia Commons See: Far and Wide - Feast of St Barr

Far and Wide - Up-Helly-Aa

The Shetland Islands' 'hot' party on the last Tuesday in January is a spectacular event with burning torches and a Viking long ship set on fire on the beach 9graphic on the left by Anne Burgess via Wikimedia. See: Up-Helly-Aa

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 26 July and as a temporary change of direction it is planned to concentrate on articles on Rampant Scotland on Scottish castles and Scottish recipes! Articles by Tam O'Ranter and Scottish Radiance will return later.

Yours aye


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