Cairngorms National Park which is UK’s biggest national has now expanded with an extra 282 square miles into Scotland and, hundreds more people included within the boundaries.
An addition of Highland Perthshire and Glenshee now shares the boundary with Cairngorms National Park, which now covers 6 per cent of Scotland. Now, the park is twice the size of parks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Lake District.
The official extension has now put an end to the long-running battle by those in Perthshire who felt they were wrongly omitted from the park when it was set up in 2003.
Residents now hope the new status will bring environmental and economic benefits of the kind outlined in a new study published yesterday. This shows the Cairngorms National Park gained 855 residents in its first four years and now has 13 per cent more businesses.
Scotland‘s first Minister Alex Salmond has assured the nation that the country will enjoy 100% of its electricity needs from the renewable power by 2015.
Speaking ahead of an International conference which will take place at Edinburgh International Conference Centre and, which will debate on low carbon developments and renewable energy projects, Mr Salmond was confident that the project will meet its target by 2025.
The government now requires 80% of electricity consumption to come from renewables, such as wind, tidal generation and wave power. By 2020 the 50% of the target is expected to be met.
Around 500 delegates are expected for the conference and an animated film on the Scottish Government’s National Renewables Infrastructure Plan has also been commissioned by the organisers to exhibit to open the event.
The conference will provide a forum for government, international finance, utilities and developers to engage directly, bringing projects and investors together. It is supported by the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.
All the walkers are welcome to the Scenic Scotland region of Lochs. You can enjoy spectacular scenery and at the same time walk along these beauty routes. The fresh water Loch Katrine near Stirling is a picture perfect place for a stroll along the water.
Although it takes a medium difficulty, this beautiful lane lies parallel to nearly seven miles of the North and West shore. It takes you around four and half hours or more to complete the walk. Starting off from the car park at the Trossachs pier, this walk can be combined with a beautiful sail down the loch on the steamer.
Moving over to Scotland’s east coast and you will find the 13 mile Earlsferry to Crail walk. A flat walk from Earlsferry-former royal burgh of Fife, allows you to take in the coastline views as it passes through Pittenweem and St. Monans before you reach in Crail. This charming fishing village in the east coast Riviera is the perfect place to relax at the end of your afternoon.
If you would rather take in some of Scotland’s more rural settings without tackling the Munros then the Rannoch Moor walk is the perfect alternative. This walk, which is part of the West Highland Way, allows you to enjoy one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe and walk the day away in the peaceful surroundings.
The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) wants the people of Scotland to provide them with valid information on any houses or flats that cultivates cannabis. The new campaign has been put forth in order to uproot the many cannabis factories after new figures showed that police officers have seized almost £40m worth of the plants since 2006.
Set up by organised crime gangs, the public are asked to use their ‘natural senses’ in order to find out the presence of the cannabis factories. It is seen that workers in the factories which is set up in the residential areas are locked up like slaves.
Though the UK government has graded Cannabis as Class C drug from Class B in 2004, it is seen that they need to reverse the decision. It is also seen that there was virtually no production over the year but as of nine months Scotland topped the list with almost 60 productions of the drug.
Launching the campaign, Justice Kenny MacAskill said:
“Even the smallest piece of information about an individual or group’s activity can be the key that unlocks the door to disrupting an entire criminal empire”
Crime gangs are focusing on the industrial production of the drug by putting more emphasis on the potency of the product and therefore have a more marketable product.
Posing serious safety risks and even fire and electrocution risks, these highly dangerous cultivations are reaching up-to the doorsteps of the people and nobody wants or needs it. It is also seen that those individuals who are in for the cannabis cultivation are from the South-east Asian origin.
Sea fareres can adventure on Oban waters by taking a boat trip. Oban a town in Scotland, has beautiful scenery that can be enjoyed on a trip in boat. You can spot all sorts of birds, sea mammals and wildlife which is otherwise not possible from the land.
If you take the boat tour in any particular season, you will come across rare species of birds and mammals. There are various tours from Oban, taking visitors on a journey round the Argyll waters, where they have the chance to spot all sorts of wildlife. If you are happen to be around in a place called Easdale, a point 13 miles south of Oban, here the main thrust of the business is to take wildlife tours down to the gulf of Corry reckan, which is home to the world’s third largest whirlpool.
And as most tours are taken place from spring to early winter, visitors get the chance to spot all sorts of different animals through the seasons – as well as the spectacular whirlpools which are created by the tides in the early part of the year.
The whole area of Argyll waters comes under European special area of conservation and this is one of the main reason that the visitors enjoy fresh and good seafood.