Monday 25 January 2010

National Trust Burns Itinerary

Experience Weaver's Cottage on the outskirts of Glasgow. See how the specially designed Burns family tartan bedspread, created to celebrate Burns's 250th birthday, was made on a working 200-year-old loom, the last of 800 handlooms once used in the village.

A 45-minute drive from Glasgow takes you to the heart of Burns Country and to Burns National Heritage Park in Alloway.

• Visit the newly interpreted thatched cottage where Burns was born.

• Experience our new audio-visual displays and corporate facilities.

• Stroll across the Brig o' Doon and explore Alloway Auld Kirk, immortalised in Tam o' Shanter.

• Climb to the top of Burns Monument and explore the surrounding commemorative gardens.

• Enjoy traditional Scottish dishes in our 80-cover restaurant and visit our Burns-themed gift shop.

Other local attractions with strong Burns connections include the Bachelors' Club, Souter Johnnie's Cottage and Culzean Castle & Country Park.

Burns made several visits to Edinburgh, to oversee publication of his work and as a guest of the city's brilliant men of letters. Today, you can capture the essence of the city's Old and New Towns with visits to the 17th-century Gladstone's Land on the Royal Mile and the late 18th-century Georgian House in Charlotte Square.

Dating from 1360 and said to be haunted, Kellie Castle & Garden is steeped in history. The 5th Earl of Kellie's youngest son was a much valued friend of Burns.

Bannockburn Heritage Centre near Stirling holds pride of place in Scottish history. Burns visited Bannockburn in 1787 as part of his tour of Stirlingshire and the Highlands. He wrote to a friend,'... two hours ago, I said a fervent prayer for old Caledonia over the hole in a blue whin-stone where Robert de Bruce fixed his royal standard on the banks of Bannockburn.' Today, you can re-live the battle experience with a guided battlefield tour, explore an interactive weapons display and enjoy the gripping, new short film depicting the dramatic events of June 1314

Burns visited Drummossie Moor, the site of the battle of Culloden, on 6 September 1787. Today, you can walk the battlefield using groundbreaking multilingual GPS-enabled battlefield guides, just one exciting feature of this multi-award winning 5-Star Visitor Attraction.

Nearby Brodie Castle is where Burns stayed for one night of his Highland tour. He wrote to his brother Gilbert on 17 September 1787, 'I slept at the famous Brodie of Brodie's one night ...'

You can Click here for a copy of the NTS Full seven day itinerary.

Glasgow Jazz Calendar

Jazz Glasgow: At a Glance
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Saturday 23 January 2010

2010 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award Winner at Turnberry

The winner of the 2010 Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards was announced last night (January 22nd) as Head of Islamic Relief (Scotland), a member of Disasters Emergency Committee, Habib Malik. Habib took time out from fundraising for the victims of the Haiti earthquake to collect his award and appealed to Scotland to show their support for the Haiti disaster relief project.
Receiving the award last night Habib said: “Firstly, I would just like to say how humbled I am to have been honoured with this Award and must say that I feel somewhat undeserving of having been placed alongside the past distinguished winners of this award. My work with Islamic Relief has never been for my sake, but for the sake of those voiceless millions around the world who scream, but are not heard. Robert Burns himself was born into poverty; and has been described as a poet of the poor, and an advocate for social change. The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, now in its ninth year, is presented annually to a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others or society as a whole, through personal self-sacrifice, selfless service or 'hands on' charitable work.

Friday 22 January 2010

Short Breaks in Edinburgh from Oxford

All the very best of luck to a new air route linking Oxford and Edinburgh which is expected to attract 6,500 passengers over its first 12 months.
Flights to the Scottish capital will begin on Monday, March 1, with the journey taking 90 minutes compared to the average rail journey of six hours.
New airline operator Varsity Express hopes to tap into the tourism market of people visiting both historic cities.Prices will start at £49 one way, including taxes and charges.Varsity, which will fly 18-seat British Aerospace Jetstream planes, said it expected to carry 6,500 passengers in the first 12 months.

Commercial director Will Gilligan said: “Oxford is the third most visited English city by international visitors, with 10 million per annum, and Edinburgh is the second most popular destination after London in the UK.

“We have been looking to start a regular shuttle service on this route for some time.We have watched with interest the developments and investment at Oxford airport and believe it is a perfect, untapped market with plenty of potential, offering splendid facilities designed for private jet clients, enabling us to offer our passengers quick check-in times.”
Airport marketing manager James Dillon-Godfray said: “This is the first daily flight from Oxford and very much begins a new era, where we have something of direct benefit to the business community and tourists who can take a trip to Edinburgh and return within a day.
“This is a fundamental leap forward and is the jewel in the crown of all the routes and operations we now have.
Tim Gill, an aviation consultant contracted to Varsity, said: “Edinburgh is the most requested domestic route from Oxford, which by train can take over six hours with at least one change, sometimes three.
“Any day return combination would typically take 13 hours in transit.”
Flights will leave Oxford Monday to Friday at 8am.The return flights leave Edinburgh at 5pm.
For more information and to book flights, go to the website