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Browsing Posts published in November, 2006

A Scottish based buyer has paid GBP14,850.00 ($29,000) for a bottle of Glenavon ‘Special Liqueur Whisky’ which is believed to have been bottled by a long defunct Speyside Distillery between 1851 and 1858. The vendor was a woman from Northern Ireland. However, an expert has raised a question over the bottle’s provenance due to the machine made bottle and elaborate label printing which suggest a bottling date of late 19th. century.

The record for a single bottle of Scotch remains at GBP26,000 ($50,100) which was paid in 2002 for a bottle of Dalmore, which had been matured for 62 years prior to bottling.

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The population of some of Scotland’s smallest islands has reached a ‘tipping point’ which threatens their survival as economic units. Many of the islands boast fascinating history and heritage but isolation and limited amenities take their toll. Here is a list of the islands:

Papa Stour ( Name means Great Priest Isle). Pop 25. Lies west of Shetland mainland.

North Ronaldsay (Name means Ringan’s or Ninian’s Isle). Pop 57. Lies north of the Orkneys.

Foula (Named after Scandinavian word for bird ‘fugla’.) Pop 26. Lies west of Shetlands.

Canna (Name origin unknown). Pop 15. Lies N.W. of Rum.

(Name possibly of Viking origin.) Pop 29. Lies south of Isle of Sky.

Fair Isle (Sheep Isle from Norse word ‘faer’.) Pop 70. Lies between Orkney and Shetland.

Muck (Island of Swine.) Pop 34. Very small island which lies south of Rum.

Gigha (God’s Isle or Good Isle.) Pop 150 and rising. Lies off the Kintyre peninsula.

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The River Clyde is set to emulate the Maldives with a regular seaplane service. Starting Spring 2007, regular flights will be scheduled to remote West Coast peninsulas and and islands thereby cutting journey times from hours to minutes. For example, the journey from Glasgow to Portree on Skye will take about 45 minutes compared with the normal 6.5 hours by car. Other destinations are expected to include isles of Arran, Bute, Mull, Jura as well as Oban, Crinan, Tighnabruaich and Campbelltown. The service is operated by Loch Lomond Seaplanes.

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