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Attack of the Killer Midges

….he exaggerated, but only slightly. If you read our midges in Scotland page, you might detect the faintest hint of ‘Och, what’s all the fuss about?’ Sure, Scottish midges never killed anyone – but, yes, they can be a bit of an irritation. However, after our experience one year during a hot still day in mid-August, […]

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Sunday afternoon in Glasgow

While visiting the family, resident in Glasgow, three generations of us, including small grand-child, went to try out the Platform at Argyle Street Arches in the city. This complex is housed in the arched substructures supporting the railway station above. You enter directly off the Hielandman’s Umbrella. That is the name of the bridge over […]

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Riverside Cottage

Cosy and comfortable on Royal Deeside In the old days, the tourism promoters called the off-season ‘the shoulder months’. Maybe they still do. Anyway, when an invitation arrived for a wee break in a self-catering property, called Riverside Cottage, in the Royal Deeside town of Ballater, we hesitated for only a moment. Besides, Ballater has […]

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Incident at Glenfinnan

Transcript of Conversation between Bonnie Prince Charlie and a Mr Macdonald (and one his colleagues) on a wee hill at Glenfinnan in 1745, while Charlie is waiting for the clans to turn up for the Jacobite Uprising. Prince: Is my jabot straight? I’ve got a shortbread tin portrait sitting in an hour. Macdonald: Och, my […]