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The Great Tapestry of Scotland
September 29, 2015, 9:48 am
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The Great Tapestry of Scotland 1The Great Tapestry of Scotland 2The Great Tapestry of Scotland, depicting 12,000 years of Scottish history, is currently the longest embroidered tapestry in the world at 143 metres long.

It was the brainchild of the writer Alexander McCall Smith who, together with historian Alistair Moffat and artistic designer Andrew Crummy, formed a team to produce the tapestry with the aid of more than 1,000 stitchers, all volunteers, from all over Scotland.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland 3It took 65,000 hours of stitching and used over 300 miles of wool.

The 160 panels detail Scotland’s history from the Ice Age to the forming of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Taking over two years to complete, the tapestry is currently touring Scotland and will eventually be displayed in a purpose built gallery in the Scottish Borders.

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Neil Gunn Memorial
September 14, 2015, 11:23 am
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Neil Gunn 1Neil Gunn 2High above the valley of the River Peffery, on the Heights of Brae, stands a monument to the famous Highland writer Neil Gunn.

The site for the memorial was chosen because Neil spent many of his most prolific years living at Brae Farm House which is situated just down the slope from the monument. He tended to write mainly in the mornings and spent his afternoons walking – a favourite walk being up through the fields behind the house and on to the moors and hills beyond the Heights road.

Neil Gunn 3Neil and his wife Daisy spent 12 years at Brae Farm House – from 1938 to 1950 – and in that period he wrote 11 of his 20 novels including The Silver Darlings and The Green Isle of the Great Deep.

The monument was unveiled on 31 October 1987 by Sorley Maclean, the poet, and Jessie Kesson, the writer. The views from the Heights of Brae are fantastic – with Dingwall and the Cromarty Firth to the east, Knockfarrel and the Grampians to the south, the mountains of Kintail to the west and Ben Wyvis to the north.

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Brae Farm

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Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2015
September 1, 2015, 11:44 am
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Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival

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