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all things Scottish, from bagpipes to whisky.
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Scottish novelist Catherine Alexandra discusses her debut novel, her writing journey, self-publishing, lessons learned, and tips for aspiring writers based upon her own experience.
In the past few years gin production, especially craft and artisan gin, has exploded across Scotland as gin has risen to overtake whisky and vodka as the preferred tipple across the UK. What’s behind this movement and where will it lead?
Sea glass is the ultimate example of “trash to treasure.” Scot jeweller Gaynor Hebden-Smith has built a successful business and career by reclaiming what was once rubbish and turning it into cherished keepsakes.
The legacy of literary super sleuth Sherlock Holmes has been updated with a newly designed tartan that honors the Irish and Scottish roots of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Majestic Line is an award winning small ship cruise line that offers a unique "mini" cruise ship experience throughout Scotland's west coast and islands.
Photographing Scotland is the newest photography guidebook from leading UK publisher fotoVUE. Compiled over 4 and a half years it is the work of award winning Glasgow photographer Dougie Cunningham.
Among Scotland's newest distilleries is GlenWyvis in Dingwall on the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. Run by renewable green energy, it was financed largely by a massive crowd-funding campaign to establish Scotland's first community-owned distillery.
Dougie McCance, branded as "Dougie the Piper", is one of Scotland's premier professional pipers best known as a member of the backrock sensations, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. He has just released his first solo album, "Composed."
In three short years since its launch dotScot has emerged as the world's most successful community domain, thanks in no small part to the worldwide Scottish Diaspora.
Artisan ciders are the "new thing" in the internationally respected Scottish drinks industry and Thistly Cross, co-founded by a farmer and an artist turned cider maker, was the first.
For Paula McGuire battling life-long social anxiety has set her on a path of extraordinary adventure and even the sky is no limit!
Go behind the scenes of the Highland Military Tattoo with its Director, Major General Seymour Monro.
The Historic Inns Tour offers an easy to follow route through the Scottish Highlands using four historic Inns as anchor points to see many sights along the way.
The period of 1790 to 1840 saw the Scottish Highlands and Islands opened to tourism for the first time. With that came the first vestiges of a hospitality industry that thrives across the region today, and it was largely founded by a group of hearty female innkeepers.
Clare Campbell, founder of Prickly Thistle, has a passion for all things Scotland and tartan. It's a passion she hopes to share globally with each bespoke tartan she designs.
If ever there was a land sculpted for scenic touring it is Scotland. The question is not what to see, but how best to see it. One man, Colin Baird believes the answer is, the bicycle.
Scotland is populated with thousands of castles, some completely restored and others mere ruins. David Weinczok is a freelance heritage professional fascinated by the history and heritage to be found among these stone walls. He is known on Social media as The Castle Hunter and he shares some of his vast knowledge about Scotland's castles.
"The Tartan Witch" is a delightful wee cultural children's story told in both English and Scots languages. Author Greta Yorke hopes the book will be adapted by Education Scotland as an official teaching aid for promoting the Scots language as directed by the Scottish government's "Scots Language Policy" of 2015.
Each year, Scotland’s national tourism organization, visit Scotland, and the Scottish Government put forth a promotional theme, aimed at driving tourism to and throughout Scotland while featuring specific sectors of Scottish industry, culture, history, etc. For 2017 that theme is "History, Heritage, and Archaeology." #HHA2017
Numerous volumes have been written extolling the virtues of the Scots and Scots-Irish who helped to shape the United States. Scottish journalist and now author Iain Lundy has taken a different direction, peering into the seedier side of history to uncover a rogue's gallery of Scots who left a stain on American history.
Jed Marum, an accomplished singer, songwriter, storyteller, and musician has his feet firmly grounded in the worlds of American Folk and Celtic Music. His music reflects a blend of these two styles and he shares his insights into the influence of Celtic music across many genres of American music.
Loch Ness Water is the first drinkable bottled water sourced from Scotland's world famous loch. Offered in both still and sparkling, the young company is making strong inroads into the tourist and whisky trades, as well as the restaurant and hotel segments of Scotland's vibrant food and drink industry.
Dubbed "Scotland's Route 66" the North Coast 500 is the most successful tourism initiative in recent years and is being called an ultimate Scottish experience.
Perthshire Amber: The Dougie MacLean Music Festival is a 4-day annual festival of concerts, open mics, nature walks, and much more hosted by Scottish singer / songwriter Dougie MacLean in appreciation for the part of Scotland that is his home and his inspiration.
Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean has been described as no less than a Scottish phenomenon and "a musical hero" by the Wall Street Journal. His music, inspired by a life lived in Scotland, combines both folk and contemporary styles and has earned him a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame as well as in the hearts of millions of fans worldwide.
A sailing holiday to Scotland offers a view of the landscape many will never see, fine dining, quiet anchorages on pristine beaches and nights under the stars. From sea coasts to inland lochs and canals Scotland is the world best sailing destination.
Photographing Scotland's night sky could be a source of new tourism for the country and astrophotographer Stuart McIntyre shares his inspiration and experiences in building his company Bound By Starlight.
Dunnotar Castle is one of the best known landmarks of Aberdeenshire. The region is rebranding itself in an effort to restore tourism interest, lost in the wake of the discovery of North Sea Oil and its resultant economic boom.
Craigflower Manor is virtually all that remains of a once thriving 900 acre farm of Scottish emigrants in what is today Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. With help from modern-era Scot diaspora, the manor may one day be the site of a new Scottish Cultural Center and archives.
2016 is being observed as the Year of Innovation, Architecture, and Design in Scotland. Key to this year-long observation is the Festival of Architecture 2016 organized by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. The festival will feature a wide range of events featuring garden sheds, music, Lego® bricks, cake and more.
Steam trains have operated on the Fort William to Mallaig extension of the West Highland Line since it opened in 1901 following completion of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Today the train and viaduct are world famous and most often associated with the wizardry of one Harry Potter!
According to USA today, Geneaology is the 2nd most popular hobby in the United States. Online databases and direct-to-customer DNA testing have aided the explosion of researching one's family history. But to really understand your ancestors you need to walk in their footsteps, possibly only through ancestral tourism, a fast growing segment of Scotland's tourism industry.
The Angels' Share is a well-known whisky legend based around the true fact that a small percentage of whisky evaporates as it is aged. This evaporating whisky is said to become "the angels' share" and in the hands of a master glass craftsman and his daughter, with a head for business and design, this legend has inspired a young craft business in Scotland that is reaching for the heavens!
Newbie tartan designer Steven Patrick Sim has designed what some are saying could be a national tartan for Scotland, inspired by the Declaration of Arbroath and symbolizing Scotland's flags, the Royal Standard (Lion Rampant) and the Saltire.
Smithfield Fair is a Scottish folk trio from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who have released 30 albums over their four decades of performing together.
Smithfield Fair, comprised of Dudley-Brian Smith, his wife Jan Smith, and brother Bob Smith are acknowledged as one of the foremost presenter of traditionally Scottish-based music in North America.
Scotland's craft gin industry has enjoyed phenomenal growth in the past three years. One of the newest entries into this market is Firkin Gin - matured in American Oak casks from Gleann Mor Spirits of Dunbar, East Lothian.
A conversation with Brian Wilton, MBE, one of the world's leading experts on tartan, its origins, history, design, and social popularity.
Must Visit Scotland is a professional travel review site providing travel planning assistance based on non-compensated, 1st person, practical experiences at accommodations, restaurants, activities, and more.
Dalmally Station, left unmanned for more than 30 years by British Rail, then sold at auction, is now undergoing a loving restoration and transformation.
A wander around the village of Linlithgow with its historic palace and ties to Mary Queen of Scots is but one of several tour operations on offer from Mary's Meanders,
Scots is one of three native languages spoken in Scotland today. It's origin dates back some 1400 years but just recently the Scottish government adopted a new national policy toward promoting its learning and usage.
Scots have been emigrating since the 13th century. Some left as military mercenaries, others were forced from thelr land, and still others, most in fact, left to seek greater opportunities. In doing so, they established one of the largest diaspora communities in the world. Today Scots and those of Scottish descent can be found in almost every corner of the globe.
The 2016 North American Pipe Band Calendar is a unique fundraising project created by Siouxsie Waller of Whisky and Tartan.com. Learn why and how the calendar came to be, hear from one of the musician/models, and from the pipe major of one of the benefitting bands.
Craig Munro has played the pipes since he was 8 years old. Today he is a world-renowned performer and instructor. He is Director of Wallace Bagpipes of Glasgow, and is a piper with The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Donna Bradley's Wee Sweetie Confectionery Creations is a business born of necessity (a battle with Crohn's disease) and natural causes (her sweet tooth)! Hers is a bespoke candies business that in only 18-months has a near worldwide following thanks to social media.
The "Scotlanders" is a team of six individual Scottish travel bloggers working together as a team to tell the story of travel in Scotland. Theirs is the first collaborative Scottish blogging effort. Together they visit, tour, and learn about the paths less traveled in Scotland - those places you won't often find in typical tourist brochures. Then, utilizing their nine social channels, share their discoveries and insights with the world.
Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish that is often misunderstood, beloved by millions and reviled by just as many. No longer just a poor working man's meal, haggis comes in many varieties and can be used as an ingredient in dishes as diverse as burgers, pizzas and nachos, to spaghetti, lasagna, and even eggs benedict.
Meet Ginger and Summer, hosts of The Outlander Podcast and go behind the scenes where "the men are kilted, the women are winsome, and the whisky is neat."
Glasgow-born Lorraine Johnston had a successful corporate career stolen away by the onset of Multiple Sclerosis. While battling the unwelcome disease she has launched herself on a new life's journey, as a writer. Later Tartan Gator is her first published children's book.
The Celtic Market is the newest online source for products from Scotland and Ireland. Owners Jessie-Lynn MacDonald and Tommy Goldie, friends since their childhood in Scotland, insist the products they sell be crafted in Scotland or Ireland and their goal is to help promote the work of many fine artisans found there.
The Scottish Banner, founded by Scot expat Valerie Cairney is the oldest and largest international Scottish newspaper bringing the news of all things Scottish to Scot expats and diaspora around the globe.
Glaswegian Trish Tracy has been designing jewellery for years, including works using tartan, but with her husband Harry as business partner, only launched her brand, Truly Truly Tartan in 2014. You could call this episode, "Honey, I shrunk the tartan!" Listen to find out why.
Tom Thompson has been drinking whisky, like many Scots, from a ripe YOUNG age. For the past several years be's be recording his "tasting notes" in the form of reviews. Here he shares his knowledge of the "water of life" and tips for how to find the whisky that is just right for you!
2015 is the "Year of Food and Drink" in Scotland. It's the annual themed tourism promotion from Visit Scotland, but it's also the perfect excuse to explore Scotland's amazing larder of produce from whisky, gin, craft beer, and spring water to seafood, highland beef, lamb, and yes, haggis and deep fried Mars bars!