Balmoral Castle – A Favourite Summer Retreat of the Queen

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Balmoral Castle is a Scottish Castle on the Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire: One of the Queen’s favourite summertime retreats is Balmoral Castle. Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the British Royal Family for over 150 years. Balmoral Estate Balmoral Estate is one of […]

A Photographic Exhibition of Royal Children at the Queen’s

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Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse: On at the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is an exhibition of more than 100 photographs by Marcus Adams. Titled “Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer” the exhibition is a celebration of the works of Marcus Adams who is famous for his […]

The Wee Dram that the Queen Enjoyed

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Royal Lochnagar – The Single Malt Whisky With the Royal Seal of Approval: Royal Lochnagar is a distillery situated on the south side of the River Dee about a half a mile from Balmoral Castle. There are indeed many whisky distilleries in Scotland, but few malt whiskies can claim the “Royal” prefix to its name. […]

Ring of Brodgar – Stone Circle and Henge in Orkney

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The Ring of Brodgar Is The Third Largest Stone Circle In The British Isles: Just as old and mysterious as Stonehenge, but perhaps nowhere nearly as famous, is the Ring of Brodgar (or Brogar) Stone Circle and Henge on the Mainland island of Orkney, Scotland. If not for its remote location, the Ring of Brodgar […]

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) – Edinburgh Airport Tranport

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Edinburgh Airport Transport: Transfers From and To Edinburgh Airport: Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s main airport and it is home to more than 40 airlines which serve over 100 destinations. With some nine million passengers a year passing through Edinburgh Airport, it is Scotland’s busiest airport. The airport is about eight miles (12 km) west of […]

Commando Memorial – A Tribute To The Commandos

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The Commando Memorial is one of Scotland’s Best-Known War Memorials: Travelling on the A82, heading south towards Fort Willliam, we made a stop for a photo-shoot of Ben Nevis. What we weren’t expecting to see was this imposing Commando Memorial, three gigantic bronze figures standing proud in full battle gear – rifles, binoculars, woollen caps, […]

Seeing Ben Nevis or ‘the Ben’

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Ben Nevis, or Beinn Nibheis in Gaelic, is Britain’s Highest Mountain: Ben Nevis or ‘the Ben’, as it is fondly referred to, is the highest mountain in the British Isles, peaking at 4,406 ft. Due to its location, altitude and topography, Ben Nevis frequently suffers poor weather conditions. We were told that fog covers the […]

Fort William – Outdoor Capital of the UK

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Fort William – A Centre of Outdoor Activities in The Highlands: Since the opening of the Caledonian Canal “An Canal Cailleannach” in 1822, tourists have been coming to Fort William and the numbers grew after the arrival of the railway in 1894.   Known as An Gearasdan in Gaelic, or “the Garrison” Fort William is […]

Holyrood Palace – The Queen’s Official Scottish Residence

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Holyrood Palace Has Been the Royal Residence of Many Kings and Queens: Holyrood Palace, or Palace of Holyroodhouse as it is officially called, is the official residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland.  This Edinburgh Palace is located at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, just at the bottom end of the Edinburgh’s […]

The Thistle – A Symbol of All Things Scottish

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How Did This Spiky Weed Become A Symbol of Scotland? The thistle is the emblem of Scotland and alongside the tartan, it is perhaps one of the most recognizable symbol of all things Scottish. But why is it, one asks, should such a humble and thorny weed become a national symbol of a nation of […]