Monday, May 16, 2011


Pitlochry (Website for this image)

Thinking of a holiday in the United Kingdom?

Try Pitlochry.

Pitlochry and Ben Vrackie by Val Vannet

Pitlochry, in Perth and Kinross in Scotland, is the quintessential highland town.

It has a population of 2,564.

The friendliest, most relaxed and most comfortable hotel in Pitlochry is The Green Park. AA rosette for food.

“Probably the best hotel we have stayed in!” / “Excellent Hotel” / “The most comfortable and relaxed hotel.” / “Excellent hotel - top class customer service” / “Truly excellent and relaxing”/ “Very friendly, very comfortable and very popular.”

For shopping, try the House of Brewer (Food, clothing, art, restaurant....) House of Bruar - Quality Scottish Country Clothing and Produce

Pitlochry lies on the River Tummel and is surrounded by mountains, including Ben Vrackie and Schiehallion.

Much of the architecture is Victorian.

In 1947 there began the construction of a dam as part of the Tummel hydro-electric power scheme.

The damming of the river created Loch Faskally.

The dam and its fish ladder can be viewed by tourists.

Website for this image

Pitlochry's famous Festival Theatre was founded in 1951.

(Pitlochry Festival Theatre What's On)

There are two whisky distilleries, both with visitor centres.

Edradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland, is privately owned.

Blair Athol Distillery is owned by Diageo.

Pitlochry (Website for this image)

Pitlochry has a fine golf club with fine views and fine food.

Worth a visit is Blair Castle, with its Hercules Gardens.

Blair Castle is home to the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, and home to the Atholl Highlanders, 'only remaining private army.

Also worth a look are: Killiecrankie, Rannoch Moor, Ben Vrackie, Black Spout Wood, MacNaughtons of Pitlochry and Queen's View



copyright © 2005 by James F. Perry

The Scottish Government is speaking out about Lockerbie, Iraq and Palestine.

The Scottish Government curently has limited powers, but hopes to achieve independence for Scotland.

1. On 15 May 2011, we learn that Scotland's new Scottish National Party government aims to publish evidence which suggests that Megrahi may not have done the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

The Scottish Government plans to change the law to allow the publication of papers from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The Commission said there were six grounds for thinking a miscarriage of justice had occurred.

SNP plans law change over Lockerbie files

Currently the release of the Lockerbie files can be blocked by one or more of the parties who gave evidence to the review.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said in February 2011 that he would change the law if the SNP won a second term.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill told the Scottish Sunday Express: "This is something the new SNP Government will do in early course. We have always been as transparent as possible.

"And following the announcement last December that the SCCRC was unable to secure the necessary consents to release its statement of reasons in the Megrahi case due to current legislation we now intend to bring forward primary legislation to overcome those problems presented by the consent provisions."

2. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says that an independent Scotland would follow its own foreign policy.

Alex Salmond says that an independent Scotland would not have taken part in the war in Iraq.

According to Alex Salmond, "(Iraq) stresses why you've got to ... chart your own way in the world so you don't get entangled into illegal and disastrous international conflicts".

(Alex Salmond: Scotland 'would share military' under independence / Scotland's Salmond says could share military / SNP lowers sights to 'independence-lite')

3. The Scottish National Party wants Scotland to be rid of Trident nuclear weapons.

The UK military employs 20,000 people in Scotland.

The UK military spends an average 600 million pounds a year in Scotland on 500 contracts.

Alex Salmond's Scottish National Party wants to keep its military.

According to Alex Salmond:

"Many many countries in the world share military facilities with friendly neighbours, and there is absolutely no reason why Scotland wouldn't be prepared to do that."

4. The Scottish First Minister supports sanctions against Israel

The SNP has called for the suspension of EU-Israel agreements.


Thursday, May 05, 2011


On 5 May 2011, The Daily Mail released the following poll which would give the SNP a full majority.

C 12
Lab 26
LD 4
Snp 51

C 12
Lab 22
LD 3
Snp 53
Green 5