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Back o’ nine

“Back o’nine,” we’re told.  “Be ready. I wouldn’t be late.”  I believed him.  Our tour guide, Paul, hadn’t been late yet and I didn’t expect he would start now. “Back o’ nine,” a Scot’s way of saying quarter after nine, was the starting time each morning since we’d arrived in Scotland to tour the Highlands.   [...]

The Ross Fountain Restoration

The Ross Fountain restoration – Edinburgh. Something I have passed on numerous occasions and not really paid much attention to it. However, each time I pas now, I stop and gawp! The £1.9m renovation of the West Princes Street Garden fountain. The renovation was commissioned by the Ross Development Trust, supported by Edinburgh World Heritage. [...]

Gaels, clans and drams at Lagavulin Bay

Gaels, clans and drams at Lagavulin Bay Dunyvaig Castle sits on a peninsula close to Lagavulin Distillery. Funds for the excavation were raised during the distillery’s 200th anniversary celebrations, which saw the sale of more than 200 rare bottles of Lagavulin generate around £500,000. WELL DONE DIAGEO. The castle was built on the site of [...]