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Two 747's Almost Crash Over Scotland -- And That's Not The Scariest Part

Two 747's Almost Crash Over Scotland -- And That's Not The Scariest Part Oct 21st, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr photo by Ramón Cutanda On a course headed for what might have been the worst disaster in aviation history, two Boeing 747 aircraft came within 100 feet of each other in a near-miss event over Scotland. It happened in June of this year but the report is just now being released by by the UK Airprox Board, which examines near misses in UK airspace. The planes were 30 miles north of...

Museum Asks For Your Help Reassembling Medieval Cross

Museum Asks For Your Help Reassembling Medieval Cross Oct 15th, 2013 at 10:30AM: Replica of the stone, image courtesy WIkimedia Commons The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is asking for your help in reassembling an early medieval carved stone. The Hilton of Cadboll Stone was carved in Scotland around 800 AD by the Picts, a mysterious people who have left little in the way of a written record but created some incredible art. The stone was carved shortly after the...

Arctic Explorer Gets Belated Recognition

Arctic Explorer Gets Belated Recognition Oct 4th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Wikimedia Commons When I took my family to the Orkney Islands of Scotland last year I saw this curious memorial in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. It's for an Arctic explorer named John Rae. While the name struck a bell, I knew virtually nothing about him. Most people don't, and that's a shame. Rae grew up in the rugged Orkney Islands in the 19th century. Although he trained as a doctor, the...

Medieval Birthplace Of Whiskey To Start Distilling Again

Medieval Birthplace Of Whiskey To Start Distilling Again Oct 3rd, 2013 at 4:30PM: Wikimedia Commons A medieval Scottish abbey that's hailed as the birthplace of whiskey will soon be the site of a modern distillery. Lindores Abbey near Fife, Scotland, is the first place on record to have distilled whiskey, when in 1494 it received an order from King James IV. The abbey, founded in the 12th century, has been a ruin for centuries, first being sacked by a mob in 1543, and then...

Mysterious Rosslyn Chapel Gets Facelift

Mysterious Rosslyn Chapel Gets Facelift Sep 6th, 2013 at 9:45AM: Sean McLachlan Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland has been the center of conspiracy theories for at least a century before Dan Brown wrote it up in The Da Vinci Code. This private chapel less than an hour's drive from Edinburgh has an interior filled with carvings that many believe have symbolism linked to the Masons and the Templars. In recent years the 15th century chapel has suffered from damp that...

Travel Advice For The Royal Baby (And His Parents)

Travel Advice For The Royal Baby (And His Parents) Jul 24th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Chris Jackson, Getty Images Royal watchers greeted the new prince this week with pomp, circumstance and silly hotel packages. Prince George Alexander Louis' first trip will likely be to his mother's hometown of Bucklebury, about an hour west of London, or to visit his grandparents on their annual holiday in Scotland. As Gadling's de facto baby travel expert, with 50+ flights and 14 countries...

Don't Burn Toilet Paper While Camping, Experts Say

Don't Burn Toilet Paper While Camping, Experts Say Jul 12th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Wikimedia Commons Camping is a fun summertime activity, and everyone who cares about the outdoors wants to reduce their impact on the environment as much as possible. That's why many people burn their used toilet paper. Dirty toilet paper is ugly and unhygienic. It takes a long time to decompose too, and in the meantime the rain turns it into an unsightly mass as shown here. Burning your bog...

Secret Toilet Discovered In Scottish Castle

Secret Toilet Discovered In Scottish Castle Jul 9th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Wikimedia Commons Archaeologists working on a conservation project at Drum Castle near Aberdeen, Scotland, have discovered two secret chambers, one of which includes a medieval toilet complete with its wooden seat. Drum Castle features a 13th-century castle keep that's the oldest intact example in Scotland. Besides the hidden toilet, the team found a second secret chamber that's reputed to...

Scuba Diving Amid The Imperial German Fleet At Scapa Flow, Orkney (VIDEO)

Jul 7th, 2013 at 1:30PM: The Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland offer an amazing variety of things to do, from visiting prehistoric monuments to bird watching and traditional music in cozy pubs. Orkney is also a popular spot for scuba diving thanks to it being the site of the sinking of the Imperial German Navy in World War I. After the Armistice ended World War I, 74 German naval vessels were taken to...

Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve)

Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve) Jun 24th, 2013 at 1:00PM: f_jensen_at_sdr.vinge, Flickr AKA: Fete Nationale du Quebec (Canada), Kupala Day (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland), Festa Junina (Brazil), Foguera de San Xuan (Brazil), Jaanilaupaev (Estonia), Saint Jonas' Festival (Lithuania), Jani (Latvia), Dia de Sao Joao (Portugal), Sant Joan (Spain), Johnsmas Foy (Scotland) When? June 23 (Eve) and 24 (Day) Public holiday in: Quebec, Canada; Turin,...

Photo Of The Day: An Absolutely Astounding Scottish Loch

Photo Of The Day: An Absolutely Astounding Scottish Loch May 3rd, 2013 at 6:00PM: In the Scottish Highlands, on Loch Shiel, sits Glenfinnan, a small village with an amazing view. Darby Sawchuck took this incredibly lit photo of the loch, really evoking the lush green of the landscape and the beautifully wide valley. Despite it being clear that this region sees plenty of rain, it would be worth weathering through just to see this sight when you wake up in the morning. If...

UK Passenger Jet Barely Misses UFO

UK Passenger Jet Barely Misses UFO May 1st, 2013 at 4:30PM: They were on their final approach to Scotland's Glasgow airport when an unidentified object passed within 300 feet of the Airbus A320 passenger jet. "Er yeah we just had something pass underneath us quite close [1255:30] and nothing on TCAS have you got anything on in our area" said the pilot to Glasgow tower, reports the BBC. The TCAS' of which the pilot mentions is the A320's Traffic...

Skateboarding Through India

Apr 25th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Extreme sports videos don't get enough credit as artistic travelogues. For all the flinch-inducing, jaw-dropping athletic skill on display, the real star of extreme sports videos is often not the stunt-happy main character – it's the backdrop. Take for instance Danny Macaskill's rampart-flipping, phone booth-hopping mountain bike riding on the Isle of Skye. The video's fine-grained camera...

5 Unfinished Landmarks Worth A Visit

5 Unfinished Landmarks Worth A Visit Apr 19th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Many travelers associate cities, and even countries, with their iconic landmarks, like New York City with the Statue of Liberty, Paris with the Eiffel Tower and Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower. But what about those famous landmarks that never quite made it to completion? We've rounded up five great places around the world where you'll find "nearly famous" monuments worth visiting....

Can You Afford To Stay At A Celebrity-Owned Hotel?

Can You Afford To Stay At A Celebrity-Owned Hotel? Mar 4th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Tennis star Andy Murray, one of the U.K.'s most famous athletes and the reigning Olympic gold medalist, recently purchased the Cromlix House Hotel near his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland. Now closed for renovations, the country manor is expected to reopen in the spring, in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament. Perhaps more than any other sport, tennis requires its stars to become...

Scientists Develop Tractor Beam (On A Microscopic Scale)

Scientists Develop Tractor Beam (On A Microscopic Scale) Jan 25th, 2013 at 1:00PM: A research team in Scotland and the Czech Republic has developed a tractor beam. A press release from St. Andrews University reveals that scientists at that university and at the Institute of Scientific Instruments in the Czech Republic have for the first time been able to use light to draw objects closer, although only on a microscopic scale. It has long been known that photons create a...

National Museum Of Scotland Takes New Look At Vikings

National Museum Of Scotland Takes New Look At Vikings Jan 24th, 2013 at 12:00PM: How much do we really know about the Vikings? A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh asks this question and comes up with some interesting answers. "Vikings!" collects more than 500 objects from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm to show a side to Scandinavia's most famous culture that most people don't know. While most of the public is aware (hopefully) that...

Tourist Trinkets From The Roman Empire

Tourist Trinkets From The Roman Empire Dec 21st, 2012 at 9:00AM: The Roman Empire is remarkably familiar to the modern eye. It had highways, indoor plumbing, religious tolerance, and even fashion violations such as wearing socks with sandals. It's like a primitive version of our own culture, with more similarities than differences. And now it turns out they had tourist trinkets too. A press release from Hadrian's Wall Trust announces that a new book...

Bear Grylls Launches A Camp For Thrill Seekers

Bear Grylls Launches A Camp For Thrill Seekers Sep 28th, 2012 at 12:00PM: "Man vs. Wild" host Bear Grylls will teach ten lucky (or deep-pocketed) fans his famous survival techniques during the first Bear Grylls Survival Academy in Scotland this November. Much like his television show, the adventure will require participants to test their land and sea survival skills as well as a series of adventure tasks. The culminating test? A 36-hour wilderness expedition that...

Remnants Of World War II In The UK Countryside

Remnants Of World War II In The UK Countryside Sep 27th, 2012 at 2:00PM: During World War II, the British were sure they were about to be invaded. The English Channel seemed like nothing more than a narrow creek against the might of Nazi Germany. As the British army fought in North Africa and Southeast Asia, the Home Guard and teams of civilians prepared for the worst. One elderly English woman told me that when she was a teenager she helped lay electric wire...

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