The beautiful island of Coll on the west coast of Scotland is bidding to become Scotland’s first ‘dark skies’ island. The initiative would see Coll join Galloway Forest Park in the south of Scotland as a dark sky zone. The island has no street lights and very little light pollution. Locals on the island believe that it will help boost tourism to the island as they often receive clear skies meaning the island could become a hotspot for astronomers. The Northern Lights can often be seen on the island as can the Milky Way.
The new film ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ showcases some of Scotland’s best scenery with scenes taking place in the breathtakingly beautiful Scottish Highlands. The film which tells the story of a Yemeni Sheikh who wishes to introduce salmon to the Yemen so he can indulge in his lifelong love of salmon fishing. The film was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival starts Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt as well as Kristin Scott-Thomas. The film was written by the same screen writer that wrote ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and has been taking audiences by storm. Check out the trailer here – http://fishingintheyemen.com/#/videos.
The new Pixar film, Brave is set to bring more and more tourists to the Isle of Lewis. The film’s storyline focuses on a set of standing stones very similar to the standing stones at Callanish, near Stornaway on Lewis. The stones on Lewis are over 5,000 years old and their original purpose is a mystery. It is thought they were originally constructed for rituals connected to the movement of the stars and moon. Now, however they will play an important part in the upcoming Pixar film, Brave. The film which is set to debut as part of this year’s Edinburgh Festival is about a Scottish princess. The film focuses on the Scottish tradition of storytelling and incorporating nature into everyday life and fairy tales. The Isle of Lewis is gearing up for a huge increase to it’s already busy tourist season as fans of the film visit to see the stunning scenery and history. See the standing stones come to life in the new trailer for the film, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEHWDA_6e3M.
The World Harmony run will reach Edinburgh today. The run which has been in existence for 25 years will be staged from Bathgate to Edinburgh. The aim of the event is to raise awareness and create a more harmonious world. The run is the largest grassroots effort for peace in the world! It was started in 1987 by Sri Chinmoy and has seen a torch travel over 35,000 miles in 100 countries over 6 continents ever since. The torch is carried by volunteers who run through countries throughout the world. No money is raised or any political message promoted but the idea is that the run will bring people all over the world together to celebrate peace. Today, the torch will be carried from Bathgate to Edinburgh culminating in Melville Street in the West Endof the city this afternoon, close to the IFSA-Butler Office!
The city of Perth was celebrating yesterday after winning its bid yesterday to become a city! Perth has been granted city status after winning its bid as part of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Perth, which used to be the capital of Scotland from the 9th-15th century, will become Scotland’s seventh city.
The University of Glasgow has come out on top again…
…in a student satisfaction survey with top marks of 90%. The University of Glasgow has again performed well in the National Student Survey, receiving a glowing satisfaction rating of 90% from students in the 2011 poll.
The Ski Club of Great Britain has voted the Scottish resorts as one of the hot spots for snow sports in Europe at the moment, with the recent flurries of snow extending the season once again.
The Cairngorms have been listed as a top destination, but snow sports fans have also been enjoying top skiing at Glenshee. Though the season may begin to draw to a close in the coming weeks, there are hopes that snow will remain in sufficient quantity to allow for one last surge of visitors during the Easter holidays. Daily visitor numbers have been into the thousands. A spokesman at Glenshee said, “With the recent snowfall there is a full covering of fresh snow over the entire ski area and there is great skiing and boarding, with full width packed snow on every run.
If you fancy fitting in some skiing over your Spring Break see the attached PDF on skiing in Scotland taken from a recent issue of the Scribble for all the information you need!
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