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Thursday, 31 January 2008

Perth River Tay January Scotland

Perth by the River Tay, in the month of January in Perthshire, Scotland.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Scottish Rain

Torrential rain has caused some flooding throughout Scotland. This the River Braan in January. The river runs eastwards from Amulree through Strath Braan to join the River Tay at Dunkeld. Flooding in Scotland : Live Flood Warning Information.

Monday, 28 January 2008

Best Scottish Winter Tours

Best Scottish Winter Tours. A few Photographs from a small group winter tour of Scotland. As always, at this time of year in Scotland, we had a whole range of weather conditions, from bright sunny days, to dull and great days, to heavy rain. Scottish Itinerary included: Anstruther, Cellardyke, Crail, Dunkeld, East Neuk of Fife, Earlsferry, Firth of Forth, Glen Doll, Glen Quaich, Glenshee, Loch Freuchie, Lower Largo, Perthshire, Pittenweem, River Braan, River Esk, River Tay, Rumbling Bridge, St Andrews, St Monans, The Kingdom of Fife.

Scottish Woodturner

A Scottish Woodturner. This is Angus Clyne, located at West Pittensorn Farm, Murthly, Perthshire Scotland. Tour Perthshire, Scotland, on an Ancestry Tour of Scotland. Best Scottish Tours, Best Scottish Food, Best Scottish Hotels, Small Group Tours of Scotland. Rent a Cottage in Scotland. Tour Roman Scotland.

Best Scottish Dance Music

Best Scottish Dance Music. The Jimmy Shand Story. The King of Scottish Dance Music. A biography of the musician, Jimmy Shand. This book ranges from his boyhood in East Wemyss, Scotland, through the early years as an amateur accordion player, right up to the present day. It includes a listing of Shand's recordings on vinyl, cassette and CD, and also his sheet music compositions. The Jimmy Shand Story: The King of Scottish Dance Music.

Jimmy Shand Accordion Favourites. Tracks Include: The Veleta, The Gay Gordons, Cock O' The North, Major John MacLennan, Highland Scottishe, Loudon's Bonnie Woods, The Brae's O'Mar, Dundee Reel, Bonnie Dundee, The Rock And The Wee Pickle Tow, Kiss Me Quick My Mother's Coming, St Bernard Waltz, Eightsome Reel Medley, Mrs MacLeod, Fairy Dance, De'il Amang The, Eileen Alannah, Miss Betty Fichet's Wedding, Lassie, Bluebell Polka, Scottish Country Dances In Strict Tempo, Hamilton House, Scottish Country Dances In Strict Tempo, Within A Mile, The Flowers Of Edinburgh, Somebody, Barn Dance, Comin' Thro' The Rye, Logie O' Buchan, Evenie, Set Of Reels, The Drummer, Loch Leven Castle, Glenlivet, Victory Waltz, Nelly Kelly, Daisy Bell, I Belong To Glasgow, Royal Scots Polka, Monymusk, Stirling Castle. Accordion Favourites.

Jimmy Shand The Golden Years. Tracks include; Bluebell Polka, Veleta, Dundee Reel, St Bernard's Waltz, Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant, Waltzing To Jimmy Shand, Whistling Rufus, Memories Of Robert Burns, Memories Of Robert Burns, Para Handy, Scottish Country Dances, Waltzing Through Scotland (In Strict Tempo), Mairi's Wedding, Gordon Waltz, Dundee City Police Pipe Band, Bridge Of Nairn, Irish Jigs, Buchan Waltz. The Golden Years.

The Legendary Jimmy Shand. Tracks include; Linton Ploughman, Marching With Jimmy Shand, Gaelic Waltz Selection, Gay Gordons, Bluebell Polka, Irish Two-Step, Royal Scots Polka, Highland Scottische, Swilcan, Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen, Black Dance Reel, Miss Bennetts Jig, Threave Castle Polka, Mrs Cholmondekley's Reel, Tyneside Waltz, Hooper's Jig, Neidpath Castle Strathspey, Lambs Skinnet Jig, 2/4 Marches, Galloway House Reel. The Legendary Jimmy Shand.

Jimmy Shand The Bluebell Polka; Tracks include; Bluebell Polka, Red House Reel, Lady's Fancy, Veleta, Campbell's Frolic, Set Of Strathspeys, Eightsome Reel, Strathglass House, Medley Of Reels, Gaelic Waltz Medley, Off She Goes In The North, My Love She's But A Lassie Yet, Teviot Brig Jig, St Bernard's Waltz, Birks Of Invermay, Lord Hume's Reel, Primrose Polka, Lion Standard Quadrilles, Cumberland Reel, Bonnie Anne. The Bluebell Polka.

The Jimmy Shand Book of Waltzes. A Selection of Waltz Melodies as Played by his Band Arranged for Piano and Piano Accordion: Book 1 Sheet music. The Jimmy Shand Book of Waltzes: A Selection of Waltz Melodies as Played by his Band Arranged for Piano and Piano Accordion: Book 1.

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Sunday, 27 January 2008

Piping in the Scottish Haggis

Piping in the Scottish Haggis at a traditional Burns Supper.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Robert Burns Scottish Icon

Robert Burns is a Scottish icon. Robert Burns was born near Ayr, Scotland, 25th of January, 1759. Burns Supper, January 25th. The life of Scotland’s greatest poet has been celebrated in Scotland for more than two hundred years. It is thought that the first Burns Supper was held by friends of Robert Burns not long after he died, to recognise his birthday and pay tribute to his achievements. Burns Suppers can be either formal or casual affairs and can involve any number of people, from a small group of friends to a gathering of more than one hundred people. The basic format varies little, the pomp and ceremony. Andy M. Stewart is a wonderful Scottish singer and songwriter. Enjoy the video above as Andy sings My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose.

My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose

Oh, my love is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June
Oh, my love is like a melody
That's sweetly played in tune
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till all the seas gang dry.
Till all the seas gang dry, my dear,
Till all the seas gang dry
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till all the seas gang dry.

'Til all the seas gang dry my, my dear
And the rocks melt with the sun
And I will love thee still, my dear
While the sands of life shall run
But fare thee well, my only love
Oh, fare thee well a while
And I will come again, my love
Tho' 't were ten thousand mile
Tho' 't were ten thousand mile, my love
Tho' 't were ten thousand mile
And I will come again, my love
Tho' 't were ten thousand mile.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Make Scottish Haggis

Make Scottish Haggis.

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Scottish Restaurant

" How could you tell it was a Scottish restaurant, Donald ? "
" Well, Maggie, that was easy to tell, it was the forks in the sugar bowl. "

Scottish Accident

" Flora, it says here in the newspaper that in a collision between two taxis in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city ? Twenty-seven people were injured. "

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Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Best Scottish Wildlife Tours

Best Scottish Wildlife Tours. Birnam and Dunkeld offers some of the most amazing wildlife viewing in Scotland, thanks to its wonderful location on the River Tay and surrounding woodlands and moorlands. The Loch of the Lowes nature reserve is only three miles away, home to Ospreys, goldeneye and many ducks while the Tay holds good numbers of goosander and red breasted merganser. The surrounding woodlands and forests are home to many woodland birds such as great spotted woodpecker and treecreeper. Black grouse are numerous on the nearby moorlands and Perthshire is a hotspot for this species which is generally in decline. We offer everything from a full week package to a weekend break. Best Scottish Wildlife Tours.

Wild Land. A Photographic Journey Through the Cairngorms. This is a stunning collection of photos of the nature of one of Europes wildest landscape. This beautiful collection will inspire and amaze you. Wild Land: A Photographic Journey Through the Cairngorms.

Heritage Trees of Scotland. Tree Council. Heritage Trees of Scotland.

Scottish Wild Flowers. An ideal pocket guide to over 350 plant species found throughout Scotland Packed full of information, 'Collins Scottish Wild Flowers' is the ideal guide for both visitors and residents of Scotland who wish to learn about the fascinating wealth of wild flowers that can be found there. Each species is illustrated in full colour with a comprehensive description, plus the plant's English, Latin and Gaelic names. For ease of use, the plants are grouped together by the type of habitat in which they can be found, including Highlands, Lowlands and Coasts. Habitats are arranged from those most influenced by humans, progressively towards wilder and more remote areas. The book includes a section with up-to-date details about places of interest and the best sites for finding some of the most attractive and special species of wild flowers in Scotland. Collins Scottish Wild Flowers.

The National Trust for Scotland Book of Scotland's Wildlife. Working with the help of scientists and conservationists, including those on the staff of the National Trust for Scotland, wildlife photographer Niall Benvie has compiled a portrait of the creatures which we all think of as characteristically Scottish - red deer, pine martens, otters, mountain hares and red squirrels among the mammals, and birds such as golden eagle, ptarmigan, and red and black grouse. In all 73 species are illustrated in photographs, mostly the author's own, and described in a text which focuses upon the status of endangered species and threatened habitats, and the efforts which are being made to preserve them and, in some cases, to re-introduce species that have been lost to Scotland in the past. The National Trust for Scotland Book of Scotland's Wildlife (National Trust for Scotland) (National Trust for Scotland).

The Birds Of Scotland. Scottish Ornithologists' Club. The Birds of Scotland.

Flora Celtica. Plants and People in Scotland documents the continuously evolving relationship between the Scots and their environment. Based on a mixture of detailed research and information provided by the public, this book explores the remarkable diversity of ways that native plants have been, and continue to be, used in Scotland. The information is presented in clear and accessible format and is laced with quotations, illustrations, case studies and practical tips. The book covers the complete spectrum of plant uses, addressing their diverse roles in our diet, healthcare, culture, housing, language, environment, crafts, and much more. It is ideal as a reference book and also a delight to dip into for all those with a passion for natural history. It is illustrated in colour throughout. Flora Celtica: Plants and People in Scotland.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Scottish Passenger Ships and Ferries

The Kingdom of MacBrayne. Today, the shipowner David MacBrayne (1817-1907) is just as well-known as Samuel Cunard. Red-funnelled ships which bear his name continue to operate in the West Highlands a century after his death. "The Kingdom of MacBrayne" tells the story of David MacBrayne, his ships and his company, his predecessors, rivals and successors. It explores the world of the early steamships, their successes and failures, as well as their contribution to the ever-changing social fabric of the Highlands and Islands. Emigrants, tourists, ordinary travellers and crew members, from engineers to pursers, speak of the ships and their impact on their world. The book documents the arrival of motor-ships (in which David MacBrayne was a world leader) in the early 1900s, the revitalisation of MacBrayne by Coast Lines and the LMS Railway in 1928, and the building of a powerful fleet of modern car-ferries following the formation of Caledonian MacBrayne in 1973. Due attention is given to David MacBrayne's contemporaries in West Highland shipping, notably Martin Orme and John McCallum, whose famous ships, Dunara Castle and Hebrides, operated 'circular tours' from Glasgow to 'remote St Kilda' from 1877 to 1939. "The Kingdom of MacBrayne" is lavishly illustrated with drawings, paintings and photographs in black-and-white and colour, most of them shown here for the first time. Featuring the work of artists and model-makers, as well as advertisements and brochures, it examines, by word and image, the whole 'MacBrayne phenomenon', from the iconic, sword-bearing Highlander on ships' figureheads to Katie Morag in Struay. The Kingdom of MacBrayne.

From Arran in the south to Lewis in the north, our network covers some of the most beautiful and dramatic places in Scotland. Get away from it all by Scottish Ferry.

In Fair Weather and in Foul. Thirty Years of Scottish Passenger Ships and Ferries. A detailed history of the Scottish ferry industry during the last 30 years. Many unpublished pictures complement the text together with detailed maps of Scotland. Sometimes books about ships can be dry, tedious and strictly for the anoraks. Not this one. "In Fair Weather and in Foul" deals with the Scottish ferry scene over the last thirty years in a way which is colourful and interesting for general readers as well as for the committed, and some of them should be. The selection of photographs is excellent and covers all of the Scottish scene including the Clyde, Highlands, Orkney and Shetland and even the wee ferries and boats. Most books of this genre deal with only one geographical area which limits their appeal. The balance of excellent colour photographs with good ones in monochrome is about right and some of the older photographs, as well as the more recent ones, are stunning, showing the various ships in their natural environments in all their glory. And this book will be of interest to tourists and general readers, as its clearly not a technical treatise dealing with the minutiae of the ships themselves. There's also a bit of humour. Did you know that Princess Margaret once took a trip down the Clyde from Glasgow which was extended by 20 minutes because she liked it so much? Did you hear about the Orkney cargo ship which ended up high and dry at the New Year? In Fair Weather and in Foul: 30 Years of Scottish Passenger Ships and Ferries.

Ferry Tales of Argyll and the Isles. This work is a record of the ferries that ply the waters off the coast and along the lochs of Argyll and the Isles, and which have been the fabric of life in that part of Scotland for generations. It covers stories of the boats and crossings, and places and personalities through archives. Ferry Tales of Argyll and the Isles.

Ferries of Scotland. This volume contains a wealth of new photographs of the many ferries that operate around the Scottish waters both past and present. Ferries of Scotland: v. 2.

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North Boats. This book provides a comprehensive account of the history of the ferry services from mainland Scotland to Orkney and Shetland. It is illustrated throughout with black-and-white and colour photographs. North Boats.

Scottish Piety

Scottish Piety. A Miscellany from Five Centuries. Despite the multiplicity of scholarly works on Scottish church history which have appeared in recent decades, very little has been written about what religious men and women would have regarded as their deepest concerns. This anthology aims to rectify that omission by gathering together prayers and praises from writing by Scottish Christians since the time of the Reformation. The extracts quoted range from William Dunbar and John Knox across the troubled times of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the very recent past. The volume concludes with commentary on a prayer by George MacLeod from Iona.

Throughout the text there is linking and explanatory commentary by the late Professor Cheyne distilling his immense knowledge and love of Scottish religious literature in his humorous and economic style. The book will appeal to theology and divinity students, to students of Church history and those interested in the development of Scottish prayer. Scottish Piety: A Miscellany from Five Centuries.

Best Scottish Books.

Scottish Hill Farm

Magic Moments. Four Seasons on a Scottish Hill Farm. A Scottish hill farmer's life and how to tell it. Magic Moments: Four Seasons on a Scottish Hill Farm.

Shepherd's Delight. The Best of Tom Duncan. As Scotland's wittiest and best-informed writer on farming, Duncan has been a reader's favourite for many years. This is a collection of the very best of his columns and articles, a book that no one interested in farming and the countryside will want to be without. An astonishing range of subjects are covered: my better half, tattie howking, farmers markets, diversification, my favourite cow, the traditional shepherd, rearing pigs, the pecking order, producing real Scotch beef, the menace from townies, the tragedy of foot-and-mouth and much much more. There also eight pages of stunning colour photographs of Duncan's farm and his animals. Includes the best of Tom Duncan's columns on managing his hill farm in southern Scotland. Shepherd's Delight: The Best of Tom Duncan.

Scottish Salmon King

Scotland's Salmon King. Scotland’s Salmon King is the autobiography of a man who started fishing at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since, although now well into his eighties. Colin spent over fifty years as a ghillie on the River Tay in Perthshire, Scotland, when he was lucky enough to have a job which he enjoyed as a hobby, and which has been very eventful, both in terms of the fish he has caught and the people he has met whilst catching them. In this amusing and poignant account the author talks about the many interesting characters he has had the pleasure, or otherwise, of meeting, and also describes the way fishing, and other countryside pursuits, have changed over the years. Scotland's Salmon King.

Salmon Fishing Scotland.

Scottish Love Poems

Scottish Love Poems. From wooings to waiting, from first love to farewells, here are the romantics and the unromantics, the obsessed and the fainthearted in all their lyrical glory. Ballads, sonnets and modern verse are all present in a variety of Scots and English forms. The poems range in tone from scathing satire to evocative romanticism. Fraser has made a wide-ranging selection of poems from the 15th century to the present day. Included are well-known masters - Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, and contemporary poets such as Kathleen Jamie, John Burnside and Carol Ann Duffy. Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology.

Best Scottish Books

Scottish Poems for Welcoming and Naming Babies

Handsel. Scottish Poems for Welcoming and Naming Babies. This is a selection of contemporary and classic Scottish poems, in Scots, English and Gaelic with appropriate translations and glossaries. Share these words with friends and families, touching and eloquent as a message sent with a baby gift, clear and immediate if you choose to read them aloud at a naming ceremony. Handsel: Scottish Poems for Welcoming and Naming Babies.

Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations

Handfast. Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations. Suitable for reading aloud, a lot of similar anthologies have weddings as their subject but don't offer really public poems. Chosen by the Scottish Poetry Library's Assistant Librarian, who has been answering the constant stream of requests for such poems for the last ten years, and knows what is valued. Introduction by one of Scotland's most famous poets. New pieces by well-known poets specially written for this volume. Handfast: Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations.

Scottish Poems for Funerals and Consolation

Scottish Poems for Funerals and Consolation. This restorative collection of Scottish poems will help readers and listeners to accept a loss and celebrate a life, whether at formal religious or secular ceremonies, or at quiet personal commemorations. This book is the result of years of experience in helping to find appropriate poems. Poems in Scots and Gaelic are accompanied by glossaries of unfamiliar words, or parallel translations in English, as appropriate. Lament: Scottish Poems for Funerals and Consolation.

Best Scottish Books.

Favourite Scottish Poems

Favourite Scottish Poems. 100 Scottish Poems brings together the best and best-loved of Scottish poetry. From anonymous medieval ballads to the renowned work of Sir Walter Scott and Edwin Morgan, the cream of the nation's poetry, from the Borders to Shetland, is represented in this carefully chosen anthology. One Hundred Scottish Poems includes the Top Twenty of the nation's favourite poetic pieces, chosen by BBC Scotland listeners in a recent web poll. Scotland's most famous poets are represented, Robert Burns, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley MacLean, Muriel Spark, Iain Crichton Smith, Liz Lochhead, plus many more. 100 Favourite Scottish Poems.

Favourite Scottish Football Poems. Poems to evoke the roar of the crowd. Poems to evoke the collective groans. Poems to capture the elation. Poems to capture the heartbreak. Poems by fans. Poems by critics. Poems about the highs and lows of Scottish football. A brand new collection of Scottish poetry devoted entirely to football, One Hundred Favourite Scottish Football Poems covers every aspect of the game, from World Cup heartbreak to one-on-ones with the goalie. Feel the thump of the tackle, the thrill of victory and the expectation of supporters. Become immersed in the emotion and personality of the game as these poems reflect human experience in its sheer diversity of feeling and being. The collection combines popular culture with literature, fan with critic, and combines subject matters as unlikely as the header and philosophy. Ranging from the 1580 poem The Bewteis of the Fute-ball to poems by many of Scotland's best-known contemporary poets, including Hugh MacDiarmid, Norman MacCaig, Liz Lochhead and Edwin Morgan, the long and fascinating relationship between Scotland and football has never been encapsulated so well, nor has it meant so much. 100 Favourite Scottish Football Poems (100 Favourite) (100 Favourite).

Best Scottish Books.

Scottish Herbalism

Napiers History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern. From early man’s first use of healing herbs to medieval doctors using herbs in addition to standard medical practice, this book covers the history and development of herbalism from prehistory to the modern day. The result is a unique trip through the history of healing, from the caves of Neolithic Kurdistan to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket on a Saturday night a hundred and fifty years ago.

A history of herbalism in Scotland. The hereditary doctors to Scotland’s kings developed Scottish herbalism from its crude Celtic roots into a sophisticated complement to their classically taught medicine. Mid-Victorian herbalists such as Duncan Napier continued this tradition into the 19th century and beyond. Duncan Napier’s casebook gives an insight into 19th century Scottish herbalism and the range of ailments he was called upon to treat. Herbalist Dee Atkinson comments on those treatments in the light of modern knowledge and methods.

An account of Napiers, Britain’s leading herbalists. Founder Duncan Napier’s autobiography details his journey from difficult childhood to practising herbalist and proprietor of his own herbal shop. A herbalist shop. A herbalist of today describes her profession education and her career as modern herbalist, with all the pressures and all the pleasures of working with a traditional business in a globally competitive environment. Napiers History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern.

Best Scottish Books.