Monthly Archives: April 2016

Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017

VisitScotland, Scotland’s official tourism board and a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, is already looking ahead to 2017. Next year will be the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in Scotland.

The year 2017 will showcase the rich history and archaeology of Scotland, celebrating its famous World Heritage Sites, ancient monuments, historic battlefields, castles, houses and more. Scotland’s heritage will be shared through its rich cultural traditions, ancient myths and classic tales.

The year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in Scotland will shine new light on the nation’s icons and hidden gems alike. Scotland’s gorgeous landscape, incredible architecture, and deep heritage make it a perfect holiday destination for the adventurous traveller.

VisitScotland has created inspiring itineraries to help visitors make the most of their trips to Scotland in 2017.

Click these links to view the following themed itineraries from VisitScotland:

To find out more about VisitScotland, visit the website here.

“In the Footsteps of John Muir” an exhibit of 30 photographic              works by Scottish photographer Ken Patterson will be on                        view now through July 8th at                                                                        Federal Hall National Memorial, Wall Street, NY

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The exhibit traces Muir’s early days in Dunbar, Scotland to his love of Yosemite allowing one to see the environment Muir loved and did so much to help preserve.

The exhibit is part of the National Centennial Celebration of National Parks and is presented by The American-Scottish Foundation® in conjunction with the National Park Service

Come learn more about John Muir, the Scot who did so much for America’s national parks.

http://americanscottishfoundation.com/e…/JohnMuirExpo13.html

Beer at Breakfast – spread on your toast???

43_Marmalade_Beer_AR.jpg.galleryScottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has created the world’s first spreadable beer to mark the opening of its new Beer Kitchen in South Tay Street, Dundee.                                                                 Marm & Ale, the world’s first beer marmalade, combines Innes & Gunn’s oak-aged IPA with Dundee’s finest preserve. The brewer has also unveiled a new marmalade flavoured IPA.

Read the whole story  in the Herald  - http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14391821.Scottish_craft_brewer_launches__world_s_first_spreadable_beer_/?ref=mr&lp=1

 

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Win a Free Trip to Scotland

To commemorate Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary, Carnegie Hall
are sending ONE lucky couple back to where our founder was born,
the beautiful town of Dunfermline, Scotland. Click here for details.

A Visit to the Auld Country

Scotland1_BalmoralThere is no better way to celebrate an anniversary than with a trip. And when it’s to mark 125 years, the trip must be unforgettable. To commemorate Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary, we are sending one lucky couple back to where our founder was born, the beautiful town of Dunfermline, Scotland.

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  • Round trip airfare for two from Newark / New York to Edinburgh, Scotland, courtesy of United Airlines®
  • Complimentary three-night stay at The Balmoral, a luxurious hotel in the heart of Edinburgh
  • Private tour of the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline
  • Brunch with Carnegie Hall’s Archives and Rose Museum Director Gino Francesconi

The contest closes April 30, and the winner will be randomly selected on May 5, 2016—the 125th anniversary of Carnegie Hall’s opening.

World Heritage Day in Scotland

April 18th marks annual World Heritage Day across the globe. This special day serves to raise public awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage around the world, and the efforts that go into preserving this heritage.

Each year has a different theme, and the theme of World Heritage Day 2016 is “The Heritage of Sport,” to signify the upcoming Olympics in Brazil. You can find out more about World Heritage Day on the International Council of Monuments and Sites website.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation‘ recognizes World Heritage Sites as international locations of significant cultural or natural heritage which should be celebrated and preserved for generations to come. Scotland currently has six World Heritage Sites on the World Heritage List. Although World Heritage Day exists to celebrate all cultural sites and monuments, World Heritage Sites are especially honored.

Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites are as follows:

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Image via westburnside.com

1. Forth Bridge 

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge that runs over the Firth of Forth. An iconic symbol of Scotland, the bridge was designed by English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker. The bridge was opened on March 4th, 1890 by the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII.

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Image via cyark.org

2. Heart of Neolithic Orkney

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney is a group of surviving Neolithic monuments in Orkney, Scotland. The domestic and ritual monuments are not only amazing pieces of Neolithic design, but they also give us insights into the society and spiritual beliefs of the people who once inhabited Scotland.

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Image via newlanarkhotel.co.uk

3. New Lanark 

New Lanark is a restored 18th century cotton mill village found in the narrow gorge of the River Clyde. The village became famous for its success under the leadership of Welsh social reformer Robert Owen, who turned New Lanark into a thriving business village run through utopian socialism.

 

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Image via theguardian.com

4. The Antonine Wall 

The Antonine Wall once marked the northernmost frontier barrier of the Roman Empire. Running across central Scotland, it was built by Roman soldiers under the direction of Emperor Antoninus Pius around AD 142. The builders commemorated the construction and their struggles with the Caledonians in decorative slabs along the site. Twenty of these slabs still survive.

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Image via tripadvisor.co.uk

5. The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh 

Together, the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh form what is arguably the one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The medieval structure of the Old Town gives Edinburgh its fairytale essence, the 18th century New Town is a beautifully preserved example of Georgian town planning and architecture.

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Image via kildacruises.co.uk

6. St Kilda 

St Kilda is an is an isolated archipelago about 100 miles off of the west coast of Scotland. The group of remote islands is famous for hosting the largest colony of seabirds in all of Europe, as well as unique populations of sheep, field-mice and wrens. The human heritage of the islands includes various unique architectural features from the historic and prehistoric periods, as well as written records dating back to the Middle Ages.

Scotland’s six treasured historic sites were celebrated today with a day of free, fun activities at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The day brought the six World Heritage Sites to life with fun activities and informational presentations for the whole family.

Each of the six Scottish World Heritage Sites had its own stall to teach visitors more about the unique sites. Visitors were able to handle replica Neolithic and Roman artefacts, dress up as 19th century mill workers from New Lanark, and build their own Roman swords and St. Kilda Mailboats.

Find out more about celebrating World Heritage Day in Scotland here.

Outlander Fans Love The New York Tartan Day Parade

65ffe6f6-8529-40cf-984d-98ef3c49dda0At the American-Scottish Foundation, we take great pride in being a founding member of the National Tartan Day New York Committee, together with the St Andrews Society of the State of New York, the New York Caledonian Club, and more recent member Clan Campbell.

We work together to coordinate joint and separate events and festivities during the annual New York City Tartan Week, including the annual Tartan Day Parade, which is now the biggest event of its kind in the United States.

We love hearing from fans of the Tartan Week festivities, so it was great to see the enthusiastic response of Outlander fans at the 18th annual New York Tartan Day parade.

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Outlander is a time-travel television series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse in 1945 who is mysteriously transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she meets the handsome Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan. Heughan was the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.

With Sam Heughan leading this year’s Tartan Day Parade, Outlander fans flocked to New York this year in even greater numbers than were with us last year when Graham McTavish, another great actor from the series, was Grand Marshal. It was no surprise that many Outlander fans came and participated in the parade from all over the Unites States Britain and Europe.

cfe5cb3e-9882-479b-b247-6a0136c8fdc1Over 450 members of the fan group Outlander United marched in the parade, while thousands lined the streets just hoping to catch a glimpse of Heughan. Scotland Now calls the Outlander effect in New York the nearest thing to “Beatle-Mania.” All the American-Scottish Foundation can say is that it was wonderfuto see so many enjoying the Parade.

 

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Image via tomandlorenzo.com

To hear first hand-accounts of the Tartan Day Parade from members of the Outlander United group, read this fantastic article by TiBS blogger and Outlander United member, Erin Conrad. It includes a slideshow of more fabulous photos from the parade.

We hope to see the members of Outlander United at next year’s parade. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 8th, 2017!

To learn more about the annual New York City Tartan Day Parade, visit the website, here.

 

All Aboard For Outlander

In 1998, April 6th was declared National Tartan Day.  Since then celebrations of scottish heritage and pride have taken place throughout the United States, and nowhere more than New York who top off a week long celebration of events throughout the City, with the annual New York Tartan Day Parade.

This years celebrations took on an added dimension as the hugely popular series Outlander, premiered their second season on the evening of the Parade – and the chosen Grand Marshal for the Parade was non other than the shows leading actor, Sam Hueghan.  Heughan plays the dashing Highlander, Jamie Fraser in the series.

Outlander fans were planning for months to come together in New York for the Parade and on hearing that Heughan was Grand Marshal the excitment grew.  Many of the fans have visited Scotland or plan to, and so the Scotland’s national tourism agency VisitScotland wrapped a double decker bus for the Parade with the image of the Callanish Stones and messaging, encouraging New Yorkers to book their tickets to the land that inspired Outlander.

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Image via wired.com

The series is filmed throughout Scotland, and already after the first series, premier locations featured in the series have seen an increase in visitors.

Locations include Doune Castle, Culloden, Falkland and Culross, all of which have enjoyed a dramatic rise in visitor numbers.

 

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scotland Week is an opportunity for members of the Scottish tourism industry to meet with prospective visitors from the hugely important North American market, with events such as our Diaspora Breakfast always proving popular. Outlander has taken the world by storm and it is important that we capitalise on the continued success of a series in which Scotland really is the star.

“With its stunning imagery of the Callanish Stones, which are just like the ones that play such a pivotal role in the series, our bus is sure to be a big hit during the hugely popular Tartan Day Parade, which regularly attracts thousands of spectators. Hopefully it will encourage event more people to look into booking a trip to Scotland and explore the land that inspired Outlander.”

Outlander fans in New York during Scotland Week also enjoyed a special event taking place at NYC Beer Authority on the evening of April 8th. The Belhaven Brewery-sponsored gathering saw a number of Scottish businesses showcasing their Outlander-inspired wares, including jewellery makers Hamilton & Young, Walkers Shortbread, tour operator Mary’s Meanders and “Outlander Herbalist” Claire MacKay.

Outlander is based on the best selling series of books by Diana Gabaldon.

For more information on Outlander and Scotland, go to www.visitscotland.com/outlander

Cabar Crafts: Handmade in Scotland With Love

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Image via etsy.com

Scottish sisters Jennifer and Julie-Anne share a real passion for quilting.

In November 2015 they opened their own quilting business, Cabar Crafts.

Prior to opening the business, they would often visit family in the Highlands. There the sisters would spend many hours looking around local woollen mills and admiring the handy work of the weavers in the Outer Hebrides.

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Image via facebook.com/Cabar-Crafts

After falling in love with the warm, durable fabric at the woollen mills, the sisters decided to put their own passion for sewing to use. At first they made quilts for their own young babies using locally sourced materials from Harris.

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Image via facebook.com/Cabar-Crafts

From these luxurious, homemade quilts, a business was born. Cabar Crafts now sells handmade Harris Tweed quilts and blankets on Etsy.

These gorgeous quilts are handmade in Scotland with love- order one of your own here.

To find out more about Cabar Crafts visit their Facebook page.