Fred Olsen passengers report 4,400 wildlife sightings
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by Peter Ranscombe
4d ago
PASSENGERS aboard Fred Olsen cruise ships recorded 4,400 wildlife sightings last year. The most frequent species spotted was – appropriately – the common dolphin, which was sighted 296 times, reaching 1,996 individual dolphins. Other creatures reported during cruises included humpback whales, orca, a blue whale, and even the deepest-diving animal, the elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale, which can dive to depths of nearly 3,000 metres. The company teamed up with Orca, a marine charity, to run a “cruise sonservationist programme”. James Moss, journey experience co-ordinator at Fred Olsen, said: “Spot ..read more
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Whisky news round-up: Speyburn, Macallan, and more
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by Peter Ranscombe
4d ago
Peter Ranscombe takes another look at the world of Scotch whisky. SPEYBURN distillery is preparing to welcome visitors for the first time in its 125-year history as part of the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival. Distillery manager Euan Henderson and his assistant, David Rogerson, will lead tours during the festival, which runs from 26 April to 1 May. “We’re incredibly excited to be celebrating our 125th anniversary this year, and it is truly thrilling to welcome the public into our distillery for the very first time in our history,” said Henderson. Fun fact: John Hopkins founded Speyburn on a ..read more
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Doddie Aid rowing challenge for Cameron House
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by Scarlett Donald
4d ago
CAMERON House at Loch Lomond is taking part in Doddie Aid 2023 with a mass-participation rowing challenge over the next five weeks. The event will raise money for the charity created by Scottish rugby legend Doddy Weir, who died in November, aged 52. The MyName’5 Doddie Foundation, which was founded in November 2017, aims to aid research and give hope to people with motor neuron disease. The whole team at Cameron House is taking part in the continuous rowing challenge in the hotel’s gym. Support for the event has come from some famous faces, including local rugby stars Gregor Brown and Rory Da ..read more
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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Six By Nico – ‘Neverland’ menu
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by Keith McIntyre
4d ago
Keith McIntyre reviews the new “Neverland” menu at the Six By Nico restaurant in Glasgow’s Finnieston district. WHEN chef Nico Simeone launched his Six By Nico restaurant in Glasgow’s Finnieston back in 2017, it is very doubtful that anyone could have predicted quite how much of an explosive impact he would have on the country’s dining scene. From that one small restaurant, Six by Nico now operates in virtually every major city in the UK and Ireland, has been the subject of a BBC Scotland documentary, and has been a flag bearer for smart, creative food supported by funky social media marketing ..read more
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ScotHot celebrates its 50th year at SEC Glasgow
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by Scarlett Donald
4d ago
SCOTHOT returns for its 50th year showcasing Scotland’s finest food, drink, hospitality, retail, and tourism at the SEC Glasgow on 8 and 9 March. ScotHot23 gives visitors the opportunity to meet with suppliers, network with others to inspire and to be inspired, learn about the latest trends, and – most importantly – try the fabulous food and drink. There will be a large number of the hottest chefs from across Scotland showcasing their culinary talents as they cook live and give guests the chance to taste their famous dishes. These include Edinburgh chefs Tom Kitchin, Stuart Ralston, Paul Wedgw ..read more
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Wines for Australia Day
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by James Robertson
4d ago
Drinks blogger James Robertson picks wines to celebrate Australia Day. AS WE wearily trudge through the tail end of winter, looking forward to those glimpses of spring, down under in Australia today they celebrate their national day. The BBQs will be lit, stubbies of beer will be in the cool box alongside some chilled bottles of Australian white wine, with the red on standby for later. In case any of us wished to join in, here are some stand out wines from that amazing diverse country. Thistledown Suilven Chardonnay 2018I first came across this wine during lockdown as I found out that an old f ..read more
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Burns Night round-up: Haggis, poetry, and more
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by Peter Ranscombe
4d ago
HAGGIS lover from Orkney to Essex have changed their names on social media to “R Burns” ahead of Burns Night. Butcher Simon Howie ran a competition to encourage people to change their names for the Bard’s birthday, and gave 100 winners hampers featuring products from Irn Bru, Mash Direct, Mrs Tillys, Orkney Cheese, Nairn’s, and Walkers – along with his own haggis. Tanya Robertson changed her name to “Roberts Burns” on Facebook and travelled to Howie’s Perth shop to meet the butcher and another – real – Robert Burns. “There is nothing like the Scottish sense of humour and this campaign proper t ..read more
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Actor Burn Gorman opens salmon fishing at Meikleour
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by Peter Ranscombe
1w ago
HOLLYWOOD star Ben Gorman kicked off the salmon season on the River Tay at Meikleour in Perthshire last week. The Game of Thrones actor was assisted by author David Profumo. The pair made the first casts of the season after popping a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne. Claire Mercer Nairne, a member of Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB) and owner of the Meikleour Fishings, said: “At the start of a new salmon season we always feel some optimism. “However, we are of course intensely aware that our salmon numbers are well down on what they used to be. “The TDSFB and the Tay Rivers Trust are s ..read more
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‘Talk to a Farmer’ week live in schools
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by Peter Ranscombe
1w ago
CHILDREN will be asking questions about the countryside through online broadcasts during the second “Talk to a Farmer” week, organised by The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). Farmers from throughout Scotland will be answering questions via video links to school classrooms. This year’s sessions will focus on farmers producing seeds and grains. There’s still time for teachers to sign-up for the online events, which take place on 6-10 February. Robert Mackenzie, who makes cold-pressed rapeseed oil at Cullisse near Tain in the Highlands, said: “When I was asked if I would get involved in the ..read more
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GWCT training courses return for 2023
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by Reporter
1w ago
THE Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has unveiled its spring training courses. The charity’s advisory service runs half-day courses on topics including “snaring, heather burning, corvid control, mustelid control, and grouse health and disease”. People who pass the courses receive a GWCT certificate to demonstrate “due diligence and responsibility” under the 2011 Wildlife & Natural Environment (Scotland) Act. Courses are taking place at venues in Aberdeenshire, the Borders, and the Highlands. A full-day course on rat control for gamekeepers and farmers is also being held at the ..read more
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