Overhead, the most dramatic fisher of all,
the Osprey hovers, surveying the water, then plunges
deep to secure a catch of salmon or trout which it
will then carry to the nearby Culbin Forest to feed
to its young.
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Situated amidst the magnificent splendor of the Cairngorms
on Royal Deeside 1/2 mile north east of Braemar on the A93
Aberdeen - Perth scenic route.
An impressive fortress built in 1628 by the
Earl of Mar on the site of an even older habitation. Used
by Hanoverian troops after the Jacobite Rising of 1745, later
transformed by the Farquharsons of Invercauld into a residence
of unusual charm.
Small intimate Wedding Ceremonies can be
held in the dining room at Braemar Castle with a seating capacity
for approximately 40 people
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Paisley Museum and Art Galleries
Paisley Museum and Art Galleries are housed in splendid neo-classical
buildings at the top of the High Street.
The Museum contains the world's finest collection
of Paisley shawls and pattern books. Museum staff have been
working on looms in the collection for a number of years,
to reinvent the techniques of the weavers who produced the
immensely intricate shawls woven in the town in the last century.
The Museum also has a nationally important
collection of ceramics, especially studio pottery of the 20th
century. The Art Galleries' collections include a large number
of Scottish artists from Raeburn and Ramsay to the Glasgow
Boys and recent works by well known local artist John Byrne.
The Museum and Central Library between them
have a huge collection of local material - photographs, church
records, microfilm registers etc., and access can be arranged
by contacting the Family History Centre at the Museum or the
Local Studies Library in Paisley Central Library
Callendar Park Museum
Imposing mansion with a 900 year history.
Facilities include a Georgian Working Kitchen
and garden and a reconstruction of a 1820's Clockmaker, Printer
and General Store where costumed interpreters carry out their
Major permanent exhibitions "William
Forbes Falkirk" and "Story of Callendar House"
plus two temporary exhibition galleries, History Research
Centre, Gift Shop and Georgian Teashop.
Set in the Scottish Borders at Lauder, Thirlestane Castle
has its origins in the 13th century. It was rebuilt as the
Maitland family home in 1590 and greatly enhanced by the Duke
of Lauderdale in the 1670's.
In 1840, it was extended and refurbished
with the addition of two new wings. The Maitlands are a famous
Scottish family who first came to Britain from France with
William the Conqueror.
As the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale,
the Castle has at times held a central role in the history
of Scotland. Now in the care of a Charitable Trust, Thirlestane
has been carefully restored to its former splendour.
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