Scottish Snippets

27 August 2016

Number 709

Graphics From Some of the Stories Covered in News and Views

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" and David's News & Views.

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News and Views

This is the fourth edition of "News and Views by the new writer on Rampant Scotland - David. He is continuing to write about a wide variety of news items relating to Scotland that he finds of particular interest, especially developments in arts, crafts and high quality products and services delivered by people with drive and passion. He is not averse to a certain amount of "quirkiness" though, so although he may deal with more serious subjects, his wry humour is bound to come to the surface too..

This edition includes items on:

  • Medals Galore for Scots in Rio - Scottish Olympians in Rio equaled the country's best ever medal tally from any Games, matching the 13 from London four years ago
  • On a Clear Day...You Can See the Mainland...and the Cairngorms as Well! - pictures of Scotland taken from space including the International Space Station (ISS), 220 miles above the earth.
  • Scotland's Population Reaches New Heights - Scotland's population topped 5,373,000 in June last year, an increase of 25,000 on 2014, according to National Records of Scotland
  • Crieff Hydro Pushes the Boat Out - The Crieff Hydro Group has recently announced the purchase of the Ballachulish Hotel and the Isles of Glencoe Hotel. It now operates a portfolio of six hotels, including the Peebles Hydro.
  • A Caledonian Camino to Attract Pilgrims to Scotland? - Moves are afoot to establish a pilgrimage route form Iona to St Andrews. Walkers would be required to trek 185 miles following a route which goes back to medieval times.
  • Edinburgh Festivals Booming Away - Edinburgh's year-round festivals generate £313m for the Scottish economy and attract combined audiences of more than 4.5 million.
  • Tillypronie - Scotland's Priciest Property - Tillypronie estate in Aberdeenshire is on the market - if you have £10 million to spare you could do worse than buying this estate comprising 12,000 acres and an 11-bedroom home was built for the son of Queen Victoria's physician
  • Commercial Use of Bothies Has Potential for A Stushie - The Mountain Bothies Association, has stated that the shelters are at risk because of their use by commercial companies.
  • Perth Bid to Become 2021 City of Culture - Perth has launched its campaign to become the UK City of Culture in 2021
  • Dundee FC Looking to Desert Dens Park - The American owner of Dundee Football Club, John Nelms, has confirmed the club are looking for a new stadium

For these and many more, see the Index page at News and Views

You will find that all the new stories are marked as such in the index which is in chronological order.

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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