If you are looking for a weekend itinerary, choose for a walking tour onto the Eildon Hills in Melrose, Scotland. The Eldion Hills are said to be the icons of the Borders and are visible from miles around. Steeped in legend and history, the King Arthur and his army are said to have lived up here. The Iron Age man and Romans have also called it their home in the past.
Although the walk up is steep, quickly you’ll get views down to Melrose and its picturesque abbey. Mid Hill, at 1,385ft, is the highest of the Eildons and the first point you’ll reach at. From here you can get fantastic views across the rolling Borders countryside. You then walk to the top of North Hill, once the site of an Iron Age fort and a Roman Hill Station. You’ll get better view of the Tweed Valley, with the old railway viaduct at Leaderfoot visible below.
A steep descent takes you close to where the Queen of the Fairies is once said to have got to work on a Borders man, Thomas the Rhymer (She entranced him away to fairyland and when he returned several years later – although he thought he had only been gone a few days – he had the ability to see into the future.). You can take a detour to a memorial marking the actual spot it is said to have happened. It takes 3 to 4 hours for you to reach the top of the hill and the distance is almost 5 miles from below. The road that leads to the top can be muddy and rough, so that a full walking gear is needed. Also, you are at the mercy of the elements on top.
The lanes and paths from top of the hills lead back to the pretty town of Melrose. In the centre of Melrose, opposite the abbey, there is a pay and display car park. Melrose is blessed with a great range of places to eat and drink including Marmions Brasserie, Burt’s Hotel and a range of cafés. For a really good, vibrant pub try the Ship Inn.
While you holiday in Melrose visit places that have some significance to the past. At the centre of the town is the place where the heart of Robert the Bruce is thought to have buried. The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, just next to the library passed at the start of the walk, is full of interesting history about the town and the surrounding countryside.
Fife Council Libraries and Museums are the lead organisers of the Book festival. Children’s Book Festival features appearances by best-selling children’s authors, related craft and reading workshops and entrancing book, film, theatre and other entertainment events set in libraries, theatres, public parks and community venues right across Fife.
The lunching day will start with a day of family fun at the Dunfermline Family Book Carnival in Pittencreiff Park from 11am – 5pm. Then it’s a white knuckle ride through 14 days of the most interesting and diverse events you can imagine. For little readers in the early years the festival has special theatre, stories & film events to share and the chance to hear favourite stores come alive from the lips of the writers themselves.
The festival’s mid-primary programme has a wonderful selection of performance poetry and award winning writers to inspire readers and support the curriculum with events that are original,funny, scary and thrilling – with something for all tastes and ages.
Events for Older Primary children have Samurai sword displays, Scottish history, the launch of Cathy Cassidy’s new book and award winning writers galore. The book & film events are a great new idea this time for class reading and the organisers supply the books!
If you are of Secondary School age watch out for American best-seller Michael Grant as he launches his new book in the popular series ‘Gone. Add to this Book and film evenings, a flying theatre and a special CPD event for teachers. The final day of Family Book Carnival will be held in St. Andrews. The event organisers are trying their maximum to make sure that you’ve had the best time at the Best Children’s Book Festival Fife has ever seen!
Scotland has an outstanding diversity of cetacean watching opportunities with its extensive coastline, numerous headlands and rich inshore waters. Recently, there were evident sightings of dolphins and whales have reported in Moray Firth and at Spey Bay.
It is not months, but only a few weeks since the bottle-nose colony of dolphins along the coast in Moray Firth started to delight wildlife watchers. The authorities got worried since the influx of visitors started to increase and they have issued a plea for the public to act responsibly to ensure Scotland remains number one place in Europe for dolphin watching. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is concerned following reports of harassment.
Harbour porpoises and minke whales have also been reported from the WDCS wildlife centres and other shore-based watching sites around Scotland. Pilot whales have been spotted near Cromarty in spring and a “super-pod” of common dolphins in Gairloch. There are some great land-based watching sites all around Scotland that are really easy for visitors to reach by car or on foot. The authorities reminds the public, if anyone is out watching dolphins by boat on the water, they can keep a safe distance away from them to ensure the animals security.
It is always an unforgettable experience to see whales and dolphins in their natural environment. All you need is a bit patience to spot them in sea raise up by chance.
Scotland is about to get a major tourist attraction soon with the transformation of the home of ‘Sir Walter Scott‘, in the Borders. The ‘Abbotsford House’ will get a makeover with the grant of £4.8m by the Heritage lottery fund. This project has seen lot of support and appreciation from all corners, Lord Sanderson, chairman of Abbotsford Trust said that, this project will create a legacy for one of the Scotland’s important son.
Sir Walter Scott was a Scottish historical novelist and poet, he was also the first English language author to get an international career in his life.
It was learnt that a new visitor centre, learning suite and exhibition area will also be constructed along with other repair works. This project will be one of the major tourist attractions with Sir Walter Scott being the person who lifted the Scottish identity at the global platform with his literary works.
This project will also draw lot of revenue for the Scotland tourism board being a world class tourist attraction.
Source : BBC News
Events that will receive funding include September’s Blas Festival and the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in October this year. The Royal National Mod in Thurso and Wick, Living Food in Cawdor and Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running have also been targeted with funding.
The announcement was made in Dornoch, the location for one of four government cabinet meetings across Scotland. The year of food and drink will be running until next May in 2011. This year will be celebrated as a legacy of the Scottish government’s Homecoming Scotland celebrations last year.
First Minister Alex Salmond have said that, the events in the Highlands selected for funding can help enhance Scotland’s reputation as a land of food and drink.
The minister feels that the food and drink sector plays a key role in recovering Scotland’s economy, since visitors to Scotland is sure to spend one pound in every five on food and drink related activities. Foreseeing this opportunity Scotland will produce some of the finest of food and drinks in the world for promotion.