Always known to be in the good books, Scotland has now been known for its dangerously bad driving roads. According to charity Road Safety Foundation, Scotland is the most dangerous place to drive in Britain. With a higher proportion of killer roads north of the Border compared to other regions, Scotland was given the highest risk rating followed by north-west England and Yorkshire.
Five roads including a stretch of A86 south of Kingussie, the A97 near Huntly and the A6088 at Hawick due to its possibility for fatal or serious collision that is more than 15 times higher than the lowest risk roads have been Branded “high risk” for Scots. The reports that covered 28,000 miles detailed that almost one-third of all accidents and crashes occurred in Scotland junctions and it has highest risk highways.
Dr, Joanne Hill, the Road Safety Foundation director wants the council to spend more on the safety on most dangerous stretches of roads than paying for emergency services and hospitals. She had also said that when the road budget was getting tighter they need to give more emphasis on saving lives with less amounts- low cost, high-return counter measures.
Single carriageways were found to be six times more risky to motorists than motorways and also drivers were found seven times riskier on major roads than minor ones. A 5% reduction in the number of fatal accidents has been seen in the recent years.
- Improved road- A40 between Llandovery and Carmarthen
- Safest region- West Midlands
The Cat and Fiddle, A537, has met with fatal and serious collisions which rose from 15 within three years, 2005 and 34 between 2006 and 2008. Most crashes were seen to be happening during the summer in dry and daylight conditions.
Tayside is once again in the news, this time it’s for a good reason, the annual report of the force has shown that the crime rate in Tayside has dropped significantly. The drop is expected to be 12.5 per cent, which is the lowest level in a decade. This plunge in crime rate has come as a good sign for Tayside followed with a drop in the violence and robbery cases.
This was possible only because of the efforts put on by the dedicated and hardworking police force, who all were working really hard to achieve this goal. Along with local policing the police officials continued monitoring the cross-border drug enforcement, murder enquiries, missing person enquiries and many other cases. Keen study was conducted in each and every aspect, to curb the rise in crime rates.
It was noticed that, an overall decrease of 12.5 per cent crimes were reported, along with a drop of over 2000 victims of such crimes in Tayside. Other than that, violent crimes like, robbery and racist crimes also showed a substantial drop in this period. Vehicle crimes too showed a fall, which in all means came as a great achievement by the police.
Justine Curran, the force’s Chief Constable, expressed his happiness with this feat by his team and felt really pleased by the way things have turned around for Tayside. The fewer crimes and violence with high quality of local policing has made the place safe to live in.
If you are planning to take a well deserved Scottish break, think beyond the lochs, the skiing and the mountains for a change this holiday. Coach holidays in Scotland would be a refreshingly new experience. The interesting things to do in Scotland, spectacular sights around and not even a single moment to get bored, coach holidays have evolved to be one of the most popular attractions in Scotland itineraries.
There are many packages on offer including 1 day to 2 or 3 day coach tours from various parts of Scotland. You can choose the one that suits your tastes. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the vast expanses of sandy beaches of Aberdeen, soak up the hustle and the bustle of Union street or take a cultural sojourn to discover the architectural marvel of some of the well preserved castles and mansions including the Edinburgh castle, the most notable feature of Scotland.
Scotland is a thoroughbred family holiday spot and a sports holiday destination alike. There are many fantastic amusement park with fun rides and adventure rides and lot of outdoor leisure options like golf, skiing and nature trails.
The bucolic hinterlands of Aberdeen has many activities that you can indulge in. the adrenalin buffs would find the extreme sporting options such as rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, yachting and surfing truly irresistible. Even the uninitiated can pick up the threads of this exciting sporting events as there are guides for teaching activity sports. Scotland has history, culture, fashion and cuisine in abundance and Edinburgh has many fabulous dining options and watering holes that pour out some of the finest spirits on earth!
Inverness is north of Scotland with post card pretty settings is another must see spot. Famous for its hiking options and nature trails, this is just right to take a break from the fast paced life and to chill out. This city in the Highlands has everything you could ask for including white water rafting, surfing, racing, quad biking and dolphin spotting among others; not to forget the exceptional highland games, bagpipes , kilts and more!
A coach holiday is a great way to see and visit new places such as Scotland and Shearings. These offer great value for your money and a perfect holiday idea for families, corporate groups or even the fun loving stag and hen groups who are in quest of something new!
Scotland is not only known for its sheer variety of natural features and arts and culture but also its people, who bring laurels to the country. With Commonwealth Games, the third largest multi sport event in the world nearing the day, Scotland’s best swimmers will encounter in a sport of swimming in Glasgow’s Tollcross Pool this week.
Remembering the last Melbourne games where Scotland’s swimmers came home as heroes after winning an incredible 12 medals, a tally that has never reached before, its high time Scotland is waiting for its next win!
With already 30 swimmers that have gained qualification and 20 yet to qualify, Scottish national coach Doug Campbell has declared that there is a good talent mixed with adequate experience in the team.
Warning to keep expectations low as 12 medals hauled last time is a tough race to win, a more realistic win of 6 medals has been targeted for the proposed games in India. Hannah Miley, this year’s backbone player of the Scottish team, has won a European medal, broken European records and has risen to world’s number one woman ranked in 400m. Other players who had won medals in recent years are not competing in the present games.
A great event for all the younger Scottish swimmers to race against those who have won medals in Olympic, European and British Champions, its a great privilege to get the chance of being one amongst the Scotland winners. Getting ready in their competitive best, athletes and coaches are going through the final preparations and Scotland’s hope to win is on the rise!
It’s showtime in Scotland! The great Royal Highland Show 2010 organised by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland will happen here from 24th to 27th June. This time, Edinburgh-the capital city bags the opportunity to host the show in Ingliston near Edinburgh Airport. This will be an event of pride and joy for the local Scots here. During these four days of event you’ll see thousands of families flock to Ingliston to touch, taste, see and hear all that Scotland has to offer by way of entertainment, children’s activities, shopping and fashion, food and drink, and the finest from the animal kingdom.
The Royal Highland Show is a showcase for Rural and Agricultural products and produce. There are large exhibits of agricultural machinery and supplies, equine supplies and outdoor sporting goods. A wide variety of rural, agricultural and environmental associations set up stall to promote themselves. Livestock exhibited include sheep, cattle, goats, horses, ponies, donkeys, and poultry. The shows most prestigious livestock honour, the Queen’s Cup, rotates between the champions of the various types of livestock. Exhibitors compete for the prestige of winning not only a prize ticket, but also for prize money and trophies worth over £1 million. It is the UK’s largest agricultural event and the longest lasting one sponsored by new Holland .
The food and drink arena offers considerable opportunity for taste-testing and has a demonstration kitchen, offering visitors suggestions on home to prepare and serve the products on offer. The shopping areas are extended into the main show ground by market-style stalls. Other businesses, including banks, supermarkets and food producers have their own arenas to promote their commitment to farming, food production and agriculture.
Outside of the exhibition halls and livestock rings, there are a wide range of competitive and display events, including international sheep shearing, show jumping, driving, tug-of-war, dog obedience trials, falconry, farriery and other rural pursuits. Towards the evening you can enjoy musical events from different bands and musical groups.
You can make advance ticket bookings and purchase show tickets online. Children under age 16 accompanied by family, are allowed free entry to the show ground. Car parking facilities are also available.
Now await the day of the great event, to see all that is best on offer by Scotland!