Scottish Snippets

20 December 2014

Number 673

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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Edinburgh Christmas Lights 2014

A selection of photographs taken in central Edinburgh of the Christmas decorations there, including the Ferris Wheel, Star Flyer, Balmoral Hotel (with the moon rising behind it). There is a commentary on each one.

A similar collection of Christmas themed graphics taken in central Glasgow is planned for early in January.

For Edinburgh, see: Edinburgh Christmas Lights 2014

The Magic of Perthshire

My parents and grandparents came from Perth so I have a soft spot for the city and the county. So when I was sent a link by the tourist agency VisitScotland to a YouTube video on Perthshire I immediately followed it up - and came across a whole string of great videos about Scotland from the same stable. A few are obvious "promotions" but many are just great glimpses of a wide range of Scottish places and culture. The only regret is that they are often too short! But you can start in Perthshire - and then sit back and wallow in Scotland! See The Magic of Perthshire

Bothy Tales

This is a series of articles Written by Hamish Brown and originally published in the former "Scottish Radiance" e-magazine. Sharma Krauskopf, who began that site in 1997, has kindly given permission for the content to be included in Rampant Scotland. Hamish Brown, a renowned author on Scottish hill walking, relates short stories that would be told in temporary shelters in Scottish mountains called bothies. There are two stories in the index so far - more to follow. The first is about Corrie - a dog that enjoys hill walking with his owners but eventually grows old and the second asks " Did Corrie's ghostly footprints return to guide his masters to safety?" See: Bothy Tales

The Whales, The Whales!

This one of those "be careful what you wish for" tales as Sharma's enthusiasm to see the Orca whales off the coast of Shetland is diminished when she finds out what they eat! See: The Whales, The Whales!

Scottish Pictorial Calendar 2015

I always find it interesting to see which pictures in the latest Scottish calendar get the most page views. January is never a good guide as some readers are just getting a "flavour" from a quick look but in later months I wasn't surprised to see the Highland cow and calf being accessed a lot and the picture of Glen Croe from Rest-and-be-thankful proved to be popular too. But castles and ruined abbeys (most of the abbeys in Scotland are ruins as a result of the Reformation) are also getting lots of accesses. For those who missed the Index back in November it is at Scottish Pictorial Calendar 2015.

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 10 January 2015 and will have the pictures of Christmas decorations in central Glasgow as well as the latest articles of current news items from "Tam".

And a Blithe Yule an a Guid New Year tae you and yours - an mony may ye see!

Or, in English, - Merry Christmas and a Good New Year to you and yours when it comes - and many may you see!

Yours aye


Previous editions of this Newsletter are available in an Archive. The Index to the other pages of the Rampant Scotland site is available here.

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