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Mary King’s Close: Edinburgh through the ages

It’s that time of year again: October, my favourite month. Warm, golden colours, leaves crunching underfoot, chestnuts kicked about, autumn winds, cool, refreshing temperatures, movement, flow. There’s mystery in the air. Anything might happen. I was born in October, on Halloween, no less. On my 30th birthday, two thousand million years ago, I dragged friends […]

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Uisge-beatha: Following the Scotch trail on Islay

Ever wanted to learn how to make whisky? Here’s your chance. But what about uisge-beatha, you say? What does that mean? Read on, and all will become clear. We did a 4-day whisky tour of Islay, a small island in the Hebrides. The tour took us all around the island. Along with a selection of […]

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Silent Sunday: Along the River Ness, Inverness in Scotland

Cityscape along the river Ness, Inverness in Scotland

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Silent Sunday: Colourful Edinburgh doors

Colourful Edinburgh doors in New Town

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Edinburgh underground

By Alexandra Redisch in Edinburgh: I’m about to descend into Edinburgh’s underworld and experience the city’s grim and ghostly past. Come with me to a haunted place, where restless spirits and grave robbers rule. Welcome to the Blair Street Underground Vaults.

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St Conan’s Kirk: a curious Scottish church

By Alexandra Redisch in Loch Awe St Conan’s Kirk must always have stunned visitors as it does me today. Although the church may look many centuries old, it was completed in 1930. The architect was Walter Campbell. Or architect… he had no formal training, but that didn’t stop him from creating this intriguing little kirk […]

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Sir Walter Scott Monument in Edinburgh

The #FriFotos* theme this week is shapes. As per usual, I close my eyes and focus on the first thing that pops up. This time, it’s the fabulously Gothic Scott monument in Edinburgh. Wandering along Princes’ Street, Edinburgh’s main thoroughfare, you can’t help but gaze upon this grandiose structure (or bump into it, if you […]

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