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Around Central Scotland

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Anstruther Fish Bar Photo, Anstruther, Scotland More Photos
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Bier Halle Republic

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Attraction | "Vive La Republic"

Bier Halle Republic Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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I had already read about The Republic Bier Halle on the net so, when doing a spot of Christmas shopping in Glasgow, I was thinking less about 'The first Noël' and more about 'Bush Noël' (it's a beer).The Republic opened in October 1999, a welcome change to the usual, ubiquitous, trendy bars in central Glasgow and is going from strength to strength. Recently the owner, Colin Barr (now there's a name to suit a chosen occupation!), opened a new bar in Glasgow's south-side called The Bier Stube. He has plans to open another in Sauchiehall St., and one in Edinburgh (can't come soon enough) with more to follow.The bar can be hard to find but it needn't be. It is situated at 9 Gordon St., j...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2011

Bier Halle Republic
9 Gordon Street
Glasgow, Scotland G1 3PL
+44 141 204 0706

Scottish Fisheries Museum

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Attraction | "Gone Fishin'"

Scottish Fisheries Museum Photo, Anstruther, Scotland
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ANSTER'S association with the fishing industry has not been forgotten though. The town is home to the SCOTTISH FISHERIES MUSEUM which tells the story of Scottish fishing from the earliest times to the present day. The museum is located next to the harbour in a complex of 16-19th century buildings around a cobbled courtyard housing full-size, restored fishing vessels. There's far to much in the museum to detail here, but the exhibits range from: models, reconstructions, dioramas and tableaux, to a replica of a fisherman's cottage from the 19th century. There's an aquarium featuring local fish and shell-fish, displays of methods and equipment used, paintings, maps and photographs...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2011

Scottish Fisheries Museum
St. Ayles, Harborhead
Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
+ 44 (0) 1333 310628

Anstruther Fish Bar

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Restaurant | "A Fringe of Gold"

Anstruther Fish Bar Photo, Anstruther, Scotland
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Almost cut off from the rest of the country by the Forth and the Tay, the peninsula of Fife has had a long and illustrious history. At one time, this was the most important area of Scotland and was known as the Kingdom of Fife. Dunfermline was the capital of Scotland for over 500 years, and the Abbey there is the final resting place to many early Scottish kings (including The Bruce), while St Andrews was the ecclesiastical heart of the country and home of the country's oldest University (they also play some sort of game there - golf, I think). I have a lot of associations with Fife - I worked there for many years and I have family and friends who live there. One part of the 'Kingdom' I am ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2011

Anstruther Fish Bar

Anstruther, Scotland

National Wallace Monument

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Attraction | "Braveheart?"

National Wallace Monument Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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It's impossible not to notice THE WALLACE NATIONAL MONUMENT, a 67m high gothic tower, standing as it does atop the Abbey Craig (a 360ft high rocky outcrop) at the foot of the Ochil Hills and commanding the carse-lands of the snaking River Forth near Stirling.Contrary to popular misconception, the monument was NOT built to celebrate the success of Mel Gibson's historically dubious Braveheart. Great, swashbuckling adventurious tosh that it was, the monument actually commemorates the real SIR WILLIAM WALLACE(d 1305).There's not a lot of accurate documentation of the early life of William Wallace, but what is undisputed is that he rose from relatively humble beginnings to become Gu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2011

National Wallace Monument
Summit of Abbey Craig
Stirling, Scotland FK9 5LF
+44 (1786) 472140

Livingston

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Livingston Photo, Livingston, Scotland
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LIVINGSTON, or LIVI as it's more commonly known, has come a long way since it's inception way back in 1962. Until that time, it had been not much more than open farmland surrounding a small, ancient village on the road from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Now, with a population of over 60,000, it is the second largest settlement in the Lothians, after Edinburgh.A popular misconception is that the name of the town is in honour of the Scottish explorer, David Livingstone. It's not - although there are connections. He was a regular visitor to the area when he stayed with his close friend and financial backer, James 'Paraffin' Young at his mansion, Limefield House.The name was in fact taken from t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2011

linlthgow

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Attraction | "DREAMTHORP and the BLACK BITCHES"

linlithgow Photo, Linlithgow, Scotland
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"DREAMTHORP - a castle, a chapel, a lake, a straggling strip of grey houses, with a blue film of smoke over it all, lies embossed in emerald. Nothing could be more peaceful. Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine."So wrote Alexander Smith in an essay about the town of Linlithgow, over a hundred years ago.Here's my update.....LINLITHGOW, 18 miles west of Edinburgh, is the county town of West Lothian and lies on the north side of the Bathgate Hills, about 5 miles from the town of Bathgate.For most visitors, Linlithgow means the royal palace overlooking the loch, the grassy parklands of the peel and the golden crown of thorns adorning St Michael's Church....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2011