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We really do try to see, or to get recommendations we trust, for all the accommodation we use for our guests.  I am off to Edinburgh tomorrow to pick some new places we have not used before.  I love it!  Then to the Kingdom of Fife to double check the routes, itineraries and transport we are using for several of our tours during the weeks before and after The Gathering.

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Oh great to get our quarterly Newsletter off …..  hope I got rid of all the misspellings and typos!

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Just had a note from Madam Pauline the Chief of the Clan Hunter about an open day for Clan members on July 27th at Hunterston Castle. A Buffet lunch will be available. Sounds fun!

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I used to go to visit the Outer Hebrides and Orkney and Shetland with my father many many years ago. His interest was archeology and enthusiasums can be infectious! We have been looking at the visit one of our guests is going to make through the Outer Hebrides this summer. He and his wife will arrive in Glasgow from the USA and fly directly to the Island of Barra where my father used to land in a plane on the beach during WW2. Our visitors will have their own guide to meet them from their small plane on Barra and drive them up through the other Hebridean islands; North and South Uist, Harris and Lewis. They will have a splendid couple of days seeing magical places, sea eagles, otters, pre-history and much more.

I quite need a break like that!

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Annie Sloan at work!

Annie Sloan at work!

I was speaking to Annie Sloan who does the most beautiful calligraphy. She is working in the photo above.

When we were making Souvenir Albums for our visitors Annie used to bind the Albums and also ‘wrote’ the guests family tree on parchment which was then bound into the Album. The family trees she does are very beautifully produced. Annie can do yours to frame and hang on your wall. You can contact her at Anniesbandb@aol.com

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When doing research on Friday I visited some of the old ironstone mining sites in Lanarkshire in the south of Scotland. Here is the village of Dalmellington and the small Museum which will be visited by Canadian visitors in July.
The museum is housed in an old weavers cottage – note the date above the door. The life of a miner in some of the villages in this area in the late 1800s was fairly bleak and the mining company could control most aspects of their workers lives.

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What a time to have a global recession – when Scotland has invested so much in providing a super experience for her visitors – especially those who are descendants of Scots.

We arrange visits for overseas visitors who are interested in their ancestry and have been doing this for several years now, much as a hobby in early retirement!

We have amassed lots of knowledge about what makes an ancestral vacation ‘special’ and this year have started offering to arrange vacations without the chauffeur drive element which we have done in the past.

So your Scottish Ancestral Trail can now be a self drive one!

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