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Linlithgow in West Lothian, Scotland is a historic town with much to offer the visitor including the ruined Palace, Loch (lake), Canal Centre, St Michael’s Church and other old and interesting buildings. Mary Queen of Scots was born at the Palace and baptised at St Michael’s.

Carmunnock is a quasi-rural village near Glasgow in the West of Scotland. Here, local ladies have made a special effort to commemorate the ending of World War 1 by crocheting and knitting thousands of poppies which have been used to elaborately embellish the local Parish Church (Presbyterian).

Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney, a group of islands which are situated to the North of the Scottish mainland. Reflecting Orkney’s Scandinavian heritage, the name Kirkwall is probably derived from the Old Norse Kirkju Vagr meaning ‘Church Bay’. Orkney was ceded to Scotland from Norway as part of a royal marriage settlement on 20 February 1472, Islanders are very conscious of their Scandinavian heritage, which is reflected in local place names and dialect.