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Why We Love Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery

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Written by Catriona Stevenson Needless to say, with a name like Sláinte, we love bringing our groups to whisky distilleries around Scotland. One of our absolute favourite places to visit has to be the Auchentoshan Distillery. Now many people tend to raise one eyebrow at this suggestion for the fact that it is not a distillery…

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Access Changes to Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Hopetoun Estate

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Written by Helmut Watterott Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) to change its visiting terms. Because of the increased visitor numbers they are changing access terms and intend to charge a small visiting fee. We visit Midhope Castle regularly on our Outlander Tours. Recently the numbers of visitors have increased dramatically. We have also noticed many visitors do not…

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Introducing a Scottish Hero

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Written by Catriona Stevenson I have not long come back from a tour of Oban, Skye and Inverness starting and ending in Edinburgh (with Gavin Nicholson of Invergordon Tours) with a wonderful family from Canada. However this was not your usual tour, we had some celebrities in our midst….. well the great-great grandsons of one anyway,…

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Amazing Vidoes of Fort William and Glencoe

Scotland in Pictures & Videos

Written by Helmut Watterott We found these videos on Vimeo and thought we would share them with you. Not just are they very informative but it also give you an insight into where we can take you on a tour. See more about Lochaber, Fort William and the Great Glen. We see these many of…

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Is it a Claymore or a Scottish Basket Hilted Broadsword?

History Police

Written by Helmut Watterott It is common that the term Claymore is attributed to the Scottish two handed sword romanticised so often. This was a very large sword and uncommon in Europe as most European swords of this size were mainly ceremonial. It is commonly depicted with the forward angled arms and quarterfoil designs at…

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Be My Valentine in Scotland

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Written by Catriona Stevenson Imagine being met at your front door by your very own chauffeur and tour guide. Then being whisked off to some of the most beautiful locations in Scotland before having a champagne dinner at one of Scotland’s finest restaurants. Imagine being met at your front door by your very own chauffeur…

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Origins of the Term Sideburns

History Police

Written by Helmut Watterott The name sideburn or sideburns refers to a beard, a type of facial hair or ‘lamb chops’ is often attributed to General Burnside who sported the unique looking beard. It is believed that they changed the name to sideburns in the early 1800’s and it became a popular beard style in…

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Gaelic Terminologies that Survive in Scottish Place Names

Did You Know?

Written by Helmut Watterott Below are some familiar words usually found within place names in Scotland. The list will help you understand how these came to being. The majority of these place names are derived from Scots Gaelic words for geological features in conjunction with river names—hard to explain but with the examples below I…

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Loch Ness Tour in Pictures

Scotland in Pictures & Videos

Written by Helmut Watterott Our Loch Ness tour is very popular. It is a long day driving but so worth the trip. It incorporates some of the best scenery in Scotland. A quick video from the top of Urquhart Castle The tour goes from Glasgow via Loch Lomond past the Drover Inn or From Edinburgh…

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10 Reasons to Make Scotland Your New Year’s Resolution

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Written by Catriona Stevenson Happy New Year 2016! All the gang at Slainte Scotland hope that you have a wonderful year of love, health and prosperity and if you are looking at making some New Year’s Resolutions, here are 10 reasons why I believe Scotland should be on your list. Now I have left a…

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