Wednesday, 11 February 2009


Scotland's Ghosts re-visited.
In April 1962, on the A75 between Dumfries and Annan two brothers were traveling along the road in a car when a hen flew towards them and then disappeared just as they were about to hit it. Then followed an old woman, and then great cats, wild-looking dogs, goats, strange creatures and men. All disappeared into thin air when about to make contact with the car.

Story by kind permission of EventScotland, the EventScotland Tourist information
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Tuesday, 3 February 2009



The John Muir Odyssey 2009

From his birthplace in East Lothian, with an exciting itinerary, by land and sea, this event promises dramatic scenery, spectacular coastline and the amazing wildlife that inspired John Muir. With a programme including: “Muir’s World by Land and Sea”, the "Great Scots Walking Festival" and “Our Wee Planet”, a festival featuring art, music, film, walks, talks and boat trips, it promises to be one of the highlights of Scotland’s Year of Homecoming in 2009.

Set in the heart of John Muir country, in Dunbar and North Berwick, visitors will have the opportunity to experience at first hand what inspired John Muir’s passion for wild places, a legacy that continues across the world today. Visitors will be able to walk on the beaches and in the countryside he loved, visit his home and find out about the influences, as a boy, that would endure throughout his life.


The events which will take place at John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar and the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick are listed below:

14th January to 17th June 2009

Wherever a Scotsman goes… Robert Burns and John Muir This exhibition will reflect the culture and heritage of two of Scotland’s great sons, from background and childhood to their love of sharing stories with others and similarities in writing style. See for John Muir’s Birthplace opening hours. Admission free.

21st April

The official launch of the John Muir Odyssey will begin with 'The Big Picnic' on 21st April to celebrate John Muir's birthday, when children will be encouraged to get out and about on a 'Get Back to Nature' Treasure Trail.

24-26th April

The 'Great Scots Walking Festival' will take place from 24-26th April across East Lothian, following in the footsteps of some of our great Scots, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and John Muir, crossing sections of the mainly coastal John Muir Way, through wild flower woodlands, past historic landmarks and villages, and into the Lammermuir Hills. Numbers are limited and pre-booking is essential to secure a place. Tickets are on sale at The Brunton Theatre Box office based in Musselburgh at £5 each, telephone +44 (0) 131 665 2240

24th April- 26th July Creative Visions of Nature at the Seabird Centre

This exhibition featuring works of art and sculpture on the theme of the natural world takes place in the Seabird Centre from 24th April to 26th July. Entry is included with admission to the Seabird Centre. Please call +44 (0)1620 890202, email or visit for more information.

1st May

'The Shindig' – real Scottish Ceilidh at the Harbour

On Friday night 1st May, visitors will enjoy a real Scottish Ceilidh, 'The Shindig' featuring live Ceilidh Band, at North Berwick Harbour. Tickets which must be booked in advance cost £10 and include traditional Scottish canap├ęs and a whisky tasting. Please call +44 (0) 1620 890202, email or visit for more information and to book.

The VIP Launch Reception will also take place at the Harbour, in the Seabird Centre on Friday night 1st May.

2nd-4th May

'Our Wee Planet' at the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick from 2nd-4th May

'Our Wee Planet' is a 3-day festival at the sea, celebrating the wonderful natural world that inspired John Muir. The festival runs from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th May and will feature Scottish music and dance, guided beach walks, boat trips and talks, live shows and entertainment, “Creative Visions of Nature” art exhibition, displays and demonstrations of traditional Scottish crafts and skills, children’s workshops and storytelling and films. The event is being supported by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), RSPB Scotland, the Marine Conservation Society and many more. Entry to the festival is free – individual events, such as the Shindig Scottish Ceilidh are ticketed and places are limited. Please call +44 (0) 1620 890202, email or visit for more information.

1st-4th May

Muir's World by Land and Sea

Visitors will be able to experience, on land and sea, the breathtaking spectacles of coast and countryside that inspired John Muir. Boat excursions, with a knowledgeable and experienced guide, will take visitors from North Berwick and Dunbar harbours around the islands of the Firth of Forth, viewing the stunning coastline of East Lothian and the spectacular seabirds and wildlife, including the famous Bass Rock gannets and the puffin islands, Fidra and Craigleith. Then it's onto land for a guided walking tour of Dunbar, including a visit to John Muir's Birthplace. The walking tours will take place with a guide. Walking tours are free of charge. Boat trips will be charged. Places on both boat and walking tours are limited and must be pre-booked. Please call +44 (0)1620 890202, email or visit for more information.

25th June-13th December

A Scotchman Comes Home John Muir’s Homecoming exhibition links directly to Scottish ancestry and the desire of the Scottish diaspora to revisit its roots. John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar takes you back in time to Muir’s only return visit to Scotland in 1893. Find out about Muir’s journey through Scotland as a tourist and the memories that he shared with the friends and relatives that visited. See for opening hours. Admission free.

Look out for the John Muir Homecoming booklet A Scotsman Comes Home on sale at John Muir’s Birthplace, the Scottish Seabird Centre and other local retailers.

All year

Explore John Muir’s Dunbar either as a self guided walk with the John Muir’s Dunbar a Town Trail booklet on sale at John Muir’s Birthplace, the Scottish Seabird Centre and other local retailers priced £3.50 or book a place on a John Muir’s Dunbar Guided Walk with a volunteer or member of staff from John Muir’s Birthplace. More information from or call +44 (0)1368 865899.

Wilderness Scotland – Journeys in the footsteps of John Muir

Leading Scottish tour operator, Wilderness Scotland, has created an imaginative walking and hiking tour, following in the footsteps of John Muir on his homecoming journey through Scotland in 1893. The tour, which features accommodation in charming country inns and hotels, is available at any time of year for 2 or more travellers and may be customised to suit individual interests and hiking abilities.

The tour is available on a self-guided basis, with detailed hiking route notes written by Wilderness Scotland’s head guide, or on a fully guided basis accompanied by an experienced nature and hiking guide. The tour includes the Cairngorms National Park, the North-West Highlands, the Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the historic cities of Stirling and Edinburgh and ends in the beautiful region of East Lothian including Muir’s home town of Dunbar. The price includes a contribution to the work of wilderness conservation charity the John Muir Trust and to the John Muir Birthplace Museum located in Muir’s original family home in Dunbar.

For further details:

+44 (0)131 625 6635

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Scotland's Wildlife.

Experience the best of Scotland's Wildlife Homecoming! Sea eagles, ospreys and red kites have come home to Scotland after years of absence. Thousands of seabirds return to Scottish cliffs each summer and as many swans and geese to lochs in winter. Visit or call 0131 3116500 for more information!

Osprey Events
Loch Garten Osprey Centre, Inverness-shire
April - August

White Tailed Sea Eagle Events
Mull Eagle Watch Partnership, Loch Frisa, Mull, Argyll and Bute
April to August

Skye White Tailed Sea Eagles, Aros Centre, Isle of Skye IV51 9EU
April to August

Seabird Events
Firth of Forth Puffin Cruises, South Queensferry
Puffins, gannets, razorbills, guillemots
May - July

Mull of Galloway nature reserve, Lighthouse, Stranraer, DG9 9HP
Gannets, razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes
April - October

Sumburgh Head nature reserve, East House, Shetland ZE3 9JN
Puffins, guillemots, fulmars
April - August for best views

Troup Head nature reserve, Northfield, Nr Pennan, Aberdeenshire
Scotland's only mainland gannet colony
April - September for best views

Red Kite events
Argaty Red Kite Feeding Station, Stirlingshire FK16 6EJ
Open all year.

Galloway Kite Trail including Red Kite Feeding Station, Dumfries and Galloway DG7
Open all year.

Goosewatching and Swanwatching events
January 2009 - April 2009, October 2009 - December 2009

Mersehead Nature Reserve, Southwick, Dumfries DG2 8AH
Open all year.

Vane Farm Nature Reserve, Perth and Kinross KY13 9LX
Open all year.

Loch of Strathbeg Nature Reserve - Starnafin Farmhouse, Fraserburgh, AB43 8QN
Open all year.

Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Renfrewshire PA12 4JF
Open all year.

Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve, Isle of Islay, Argyll PA44 7PR
Open all year.

Where and When

Start Date: Thursday, January 01, 2009
End Date: Thursday, December 31, 2009
Address: Across Scotland
Region: Throughout Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
Phone: 0131 311 6500