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7th Feb 2017

Dressed To Kilt

Dressed to Kilt 2017 from :: Ilya Ilin on Vimeo.

26th Jan 2017

​What are the best casinos Scotland has to offer?

While the European casino industry is booming and growing, there are currently only 15 land-based casinos in Scotland. Most of the casinos in Scotland can be found in its major cities; Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Despite there being a handful of them, Scottish casinos are up there with some of the best and most popular casinos the UK has to offer.Scottish casinos offer everything from classic casino games such as Roulette, Blackjack and Poker. In addition to the classics there is also the chance to play some of the more exotic games such a mah-jong and Baccarat. Alternatively, if you’re in Scotland and would prefer a quiet night in while still enjoying the buzz that comes with playing casino games, why not try one of the games on Best Deal Casinos? Along with the fantastic sce …

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28th Sep 2016

How Far Does Scottish Whisky Reach?

Early forms of Scotch whisky date back as far as 1494 known as usage beatha (or ‘water of life’).Distillation of whisky was already well established by the late 15 th century but production was taxeduntil around 1644 which led to a rise in illegitimate whisky production by the mid 1700’s of 400illegal distilleries, compared to only eight legal ones. Restrictions were then eased in parliament bythe early 1800’s which benefitted legal distilleries and made it more difficult for the illicit ones tooperate. Overall whisky production was improved in 1831 with the introduction of the column stillthat made the distillery process less expensive to produce as well as creating an end product with asmoother finish. The column still also enabled the mass production of whisky and provided theblueprints …

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Posted by Celtic Life International on 14th Sep 2016

TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH BEEF STEW

As summer slips into fall, a classic Scottish Beef Stew is sure to keep the kitchen cozy.Ingredients2 tbsp olive oilAll-purpose flour, for dredging1kg well-marbled beef chuck, cut into 4cm pieces2 tbsp unsalted butter2 medium onions, cut into 1cm dice2 carrots, cut into 1cm dice2 celery sticks, cut into 1cm dice170g swede/turnip, peeled and cut into 1cm dice2 tbsp redcurrant jelly500ml red wine500ml beef stock2 sprigs of thyme1 clove of garlic, smashed1 bay leafInstructionsIn a large casserole dish, heat a tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering.Spread the flour in a shallow bowl. Season the beef with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour; shake off any excess. Add half of the meat to the casserole and cook over a moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, about three minutes …

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14th Sep 2016

World Pipe Band Championships 2016 - Prize-Winners play off the field

Prize-winning bands play off the field at the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green, Saturday August 13th 2016. The bands in order of appearance are:Field Marshal Montgomery - Grade 1 World ChampionsVale of Atholl - 6th Grade 3APipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland - 2nd & Best Drum Corps Grade 2, Champion of Champions Grade 2ScottishPower - 5th Grade 1St Laurence O'Toole - 3rd & Best Drum Corps Grade 1Worcester Kiltie (USA) - Grade 3A World Champions & Best Drum CorpsAughintober - 2nd Grade 3A, Champion of Champions Grade 3A & DrummingClontibret - 2nd Grade 4B

Posted by Celtic Life International on 15th Aug 2016

Cape Breton fiddle music

Classically trained, and raised in an area where Cape Breton fiddle music fills the air, Shannon Quinn found herself irresistibly drawn to the Irish fiddling tradition of her ancestors.“I have been playing the fiddle for 20 years,” says Shannon Quinn, who was born and bred in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “I started off with classical violin at age six and then, although I did study classical violin at university, I fell in love with the Irish fiddle around the age of nine and never looked back,”Thanks to her father, musician Tony Quinn, with whom she still performs as a Celtic folk duo, she had a steady stream of singers and musicians coming through the doors through her youth.“My grandparents are all from Ireland, and I think I felt a strong connection to my heritage when I was younger. I still …

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