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Illustrated throughout with beguiling pen and ink drawings, this entertaining guide unearths the traditions, triumphs and disasters, foibles, quirks, and customs that come together to make the Scottish people so fascinating and unique
In this captivating book, bestselling author Christopher Winn turns his attention to the Scottish people, taking us on an eye-opening journey around their homeland, discovering en route the intriguing and surprising ways the places and their history contribute to the Scottish character. From the capital of Edinburgh—birthplace of Henry Brougham, the man who made the longest speech ever in the House of Commons, lasting more than six hours—to Callander, birthplace of Helen Duncan, the last person in Britain to be imprisoned for witchcraft after correctly divining the sinking of HMS Barham, he accompanies us on a journey uncovering little-known facts and amusing anecdotes from the Scottish Highlands to the bustling inner-city streets of Glasgow.
Few places evoke a more romantic vision than the Highlands of Scotland. Here is where history, legend, and beautiful scenery combine for an unforgettable experience in travel.
The Highlands in Scotland’s mountainous north are home to Scottish people who are proud of their Gaelic traditions. Their customs are found in the food, music, buildings, shops, and outlook of this place that is so beloved of travelers.
Inverness is a handsome small city that serves as the capital of the Highlands. The city has an attractive museum and art gallery. At its castle you’ll find living history demonstrations. Special events such as the Highland Festival in June and the Inverness Highland Games in July are known world wide.
Inverness forms a good base from which to visit these nearby attractions:
Loch Ness Mystery
Since A.D. 565, 3,000 people have claimed to have seen the Loch Ness Monster. Witnesses sightings are all very similar. They describe a huge humped creature with a long neck and tail.
The world’s top rated golf courses can be found in the Highlands. The village of Dornach is famous for multiple courses, and other well-known courses sit near Inverness and Nairn. The wonderful forests, lakes, and hills provide unprecedented opportunities for hikes. After a long day outdoors a Scotch whiskey brewed in the area is a welcome treat.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff