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Would you like to visit Peter Pan, see a ghost and a Loch Ness monster? Then plan your holidays in Scotland! Scotland is a paradise for those who want to test themselves for strength. A harmless hill can easily turn out to be an impregnable peak, a summer walk can become an Arctic expedition, and crossing a tiny river can easily turn into unexpected rafting. But deafeningly beautiful views, traces of ancient history at every turn and a sexy Scottish accent redeem everything.

 

Places to visit in Scotland have become one of the frequently chosen topics for academic papers. More and more students spend their holidays in this beautiful country. Some prefer to ask professionals “Help write my research paper” because it is difficult to describe Scotland in the vivid colors if not having the great writing skills. Now you are offered to persuade yourself that this country is worth both visiting it and writing about it!

The Best 5 Places in Scotland You Should Definitely Go To

 

There are a lot of fascinating things to do in Scotland. We will begin the route from the capital of Scotland – Edinburgh. We will move north to the islands of Lewis and Harris, and then back to the south via Oban, Glasgow, and Dumfries. We will drive around the whole of Scotland, on the way looking into the most unusual places of the northern region, marveling at the unusual nature and human creations, tracing the whole history of this incredible country. Don’t forget you can also find out more information on all Scotlands beautiful places and book to see them here.

 

Arthur’s Seat

 

Arriving at Edinburgh Station, the traveler goes straight to the central valley between the Old and New City. The first thing that opens in front of your eyes is the rock overlooking the city with the Edinburgh Castle. There, behind the stone towers, there is the National Park Holyrood – a rugged landscape with the highest point of Arthur’s Seat (251 m), which opens a great view of the city and the bay.

 

An ascent to the top is an exciting adventure and an opportunity to experience the power of the Scottish mountains in the very center of the capital. Directly in front of the palace, there is the Scottish Parliament – a modern building with very informative excursions and lots of interesting details: for example, the Scottish cross can be found in the drawing of floors and windows, and on the walls in the meeting room, you can see the figures of people.

 

Rosslyn Chapel

 

All fans of the “Da Vinci Code” remember a small church where the characters of Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou found the former burial of Mary Magdalene, where she “found peace under the stars.” The chapel itself is a work of art of the 15th century. Being unremarkable outside, inside it is an impressive world of carving and stained glass. The most surprising is the theme of the patterns, which is full of unusual and mysterious plots. Some researchers find Masonic sources in them. It is possible to dedicate several hours to an independent study of all the riddles of the chapel.

 

The Wallace Monument

 

The Wallace Monument is the second highest point in Stirling. It rises in front of the castle. The huge tower is set on a high cliff, which overlooks the battlefield of the Scots and the English in 1297, in which William Wallace the Braveheart became famous. Besides, you can do the following things:

  • learn the history of the battle
  • assess the size of the national hero’s sword
  • and, if lucky, look at the representation of amateur actors playing the Scotsman and the Englishman the morning after the battle

 

Falkirk Wheel

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On the way from Edinburgh to Stirling, you should stop by the Falkirk Wheel, a giant ship lift made to facilitate navigation between Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can look at this miracle of technology, not only standing on the edge of the channel but also from the inside. A couple of kilometers from it, closer to the track, there is a huge monument Kelpies – 30-meter metalheads of horses, symbolizing the importance of these animals in the history of Scotland.

 

Dunnottar Castle

 

Before reaching Aberdeen, stop in the village of Stonehaven, from which it is worth taking a walk to one of the most amazing castles in Scotland – Dunnottar. It stands on a rocky cliff being impregnable to enemies. During its history, it was owned by the Scots, the English, the Jacobites. Now the castle is a stone ruin, around which gulls nest and cows graze. When standing on the cliff, you can see a true Scotland.

 

Include the above-mentioned places in your list of places to go to when planning trips to Scotland. You can explore new places on your own using a virtual guide or find a professional tourist who will tell you more about Scotland tourism, which becomes more and more popular nowadays.

 

By Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson

This month marks one year since the local council elections were held and since I took up my role as Council Leader.

Since becoming a councillor in 1990 I have witnessed tremendous change in the area and reflecting on my first 12 months as Council Leader, I believe the Council is better placed than ever before to listen to and articulate the views of the communities we serve.

I am proud to lead an administration with so many new councillors, with the majority being women and having a wide range of ages and talents, each bringing a fresh perspective and new ideas on how the Council can support the needs of our local residents.

Leading a minority administration has seen us adopt a different approach, one based on working across the political parties and this has brought with it an important change in how we work.

All parties came together to support Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and while the outcome of the competition was not the result we all wished or worked towards, we are all better for the experience. Working so closely with communities delivered a renewed pride in our area, gave us a national profile and strengthened our community connections, highlighting the potential of what we can achieve when we work together.

We are determined to deliver on the legacy opportunities the bid has created and this work is already well under way, with £100million of town centre infrastructure improvements planned alongside a new destination website and visitor plan to celebrate our heritage and attract more people to Renfrewshire.

We have secured major inward investment in Renfrewshire from the Scottish Government in recent months to boost the provision of affordable housing and support the expansion of early learning and childcare services. This has happened because we rejoined council partnerships and because of our positive working relationships with the Scottish Government.

By being around the table we can get the best deal for communities across Renfrewshire as we were part of the decision making process which saw councils receive a better budget settlement.

There is no doubt that all councils face a tough time balancing budgets while having to meet an increased demand for our services; changing expectations and changing needs.

It is a priority for me that we deliver and maintain excellent public services that our customers rely upon.

From the outset when we were elected, we knew the importance people placed on having a clean Renfrewshire, free from littering and dog fouling. We’ve invested in more street cleaning and litter picking and established the Team Up to Clean Up campaign to change behaviours and promote community pride. Results from the first six months show a positive impact, with more than 2100 volunteers taking part in the campaign, while our street teams have unblocked and cleared 15,000 gullies.

A stark statistic is that we can expect a 79% increase in the number of people aged 75 and over in the next 20 years. By 2035, it is estimated that almost 4,400 older people in Renfrewshire will be experiencing dementia. We must be ready to support people with dementia and that’s why I was pleased to see Renfrewshire become the first local authority in Scotland where all our councillors will become Dementia Friends, learning the small, but significant steps which help people living with the condition.

The working age population in Renfrewshire is set to shrink by 13% over the same period so it is vital we do all we can to grow the local economy and attract people to live, visit, invest and work in Renfrewshire.

We are on course to achieve the ambitious target of 1000 affordable homes by 2021, complementing the major housing development projects across Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire has always boasted a strong heritage in manufacturing, whether weaving shawls, producing whisky or airplane engines. Manufacturing already employs 9000 people in the local area and we will be the beating heart of Scotland’s manufacturing sector once again through the establishment of the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland, being built in a new site under development next to Glasgow Airport.

Our ambition is for this national facility to be the first tenant of an advanced manufacturing innovation district, enhancing the research and development expertise already based here and attracting new businesses to locate here.

Major City Deal funded projects in the area will develop our roads infrastructure, connect communities, support employment and widen access to jobs and services, in turn attracting new investment. We too have pledged the largest ever single year investment in our roads and pathways and will continue to prioritise improvements to our transport infrastructure.

Investment in our future is exemplified by our work to tackle poverty and give children in Renfrewshire the best start in life, regardless of their background.

The past year is a positive start, our teachers are raising attainment in our schools; employability programmes are the best performing in Scotland; we had record numbers of visitors and Renfrewshire residents have more say than ever before on the things that matter most in their communities.

This is just the beginning and by working together we will create a thriving Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire’s foster carers have shared their inspirational stories as part of Foster Care Fortnight and helped spread the word on their rewarding role.

To mark the event, which ends on Sunday, the Council launched a campaign to boost the numbers of its foster care family from 81 to 100.

In the wake of a series of drop in events and existing foster carers sharing their own experiences, the visibility of the role has increased.

Education and Children’s Services convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “We have been delighted with the response to our appeal for foster carers with enquiries coming in from people who think that the role may be for them.

“They’ve taken heart from the incredible stories shared by our carers but also realised that although they do an extraordinary role, they are ordinary people like them.

“Becoming a foster carer can change the life of a child or young person for the better and boosting our numbers over the long term will help us ensure that we can give all children the best possible start in life so that they can fulfil their potential.”

Foster carer Lynn Smillie said: “If telling my story encourages just one person to pick up the phone then I am delighted. It’s enriched my life in so many ways and is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and has also helped transform the lives of children.”

If you are over 21, have a spare room and are in good health, you can apply to help make a difference to a child’s life.

Children and young people of all ages need carers who will help them feel wanted, valued and safe.

As a foster carer, you can be in work or unemployed, be single, married, or in a same sex or heterosexual relationship, and can own or rent the property you live in.

You will be supported on every step of the journey with advice, specialist training and peer support and will also receive a generous allowance.

Anyone interested in more detail can call the team at Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1199 or email at childrenandfamilies@renfrewshire.gov.uk

By Apphia Campbell and Meredith Yarbrough. Performed by Apphia Campbell.


Apphia Campbell’s incredible Fringe First Award winning show embarks on a summer UK tour, including a date at London’s Greenwich Theatre, prior to a return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for its premiere season in 2017, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. Against stunning gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart join the struggle for American civil rights: notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur and a present-day student enrolling as the Ferguson riots behind. Both challenge the American Justice system, become criminalised through political activism; and ultimately are faced with a choice to stay and fight or to flee. Created by Apphia Campbell whose previous shows include the hit Black is the Color of my Voice which has received critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and on National Tour.


Apphia Campbell is a singer, playwright and actress from Florida. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre performance from Florida International University and minored in Political Science. After college, she moved to New York where she pursued theatre and performed in Off-Broadway houses. In 2009, she moved to Shanghai, China where she sang blues, jazz, and pop in various venues including The Cotton Club, Park Hyatt, Le Meridian Hotel, and JZ music festivals. In 2012 she formed Play The Spotlight Theatre Company (PTS), a theatre company that focuses on new works and musical pieces. In 2013 she wrote her critically acclaimed piece, Black Is The Color Of My Voice and opened it in Shanghai to sold-out performances and rave reviews. She brought the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it sold out and has been touring the U.K and selling out in prestigious houses such as St. James Theatre, Wiltons Music Hall, and Oxford Playhouse. Her theatre credits include The Color Purple (James Harkness, WBTT Theatre), Black Is the Color Of My Voice (Edinburgh Festival and London), Holiday Hitch (PTS theatre), No Exit (Blue Lane Theatre), The Deciders (New York Fringe Festival) and Beehive (Temple Theatre). www.apphiacampbell.com

 

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Praise for the show includes:


★★★★ ‘Campbell is the most powerful voice of this year’s fringe.’ The Scotsman

★★★★★ Inspiring! A fast, exciting and engaging play that ended with most of the audience standing and applauding.’ British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ ‘Both roles are brilliantly performed by Apphia herself.’ British Theatre

★★★★ ‘Campbell is a formidable performer.’ The List

A quick reminder that this Wednesday afternoon sees the second drop-in session at Foxbar Community Centre on Amochrie Road.
We’ll be summarising what we heard at the first drop-in on 16th May – to check we’ve been listening properly – and will have our first stab at a future plan for Foxbar on show.
We need you to keep us right! Have we missed anything? Are we on track?
PS – Date for your diary: the third and final drop-in event will take place on Wednesday 20 June, 2pm-7pm in Foxbar Community Centre.  The focus will be on making things happen: who needs to do what? What you do you want to be involved with?

Briand new British Independent film Edie, starring Sheila Hancock releasing in U.K cinemas May 25th!  The uplifting film focuses on the sublime natural beauty of the Scottish landscape has to offer.

The film is being shown in the Showcase Cinema Paisley – https://www.showcasecinemas.co.uk/film-info/edie#46vFBizdePxHOI78.97

As an Independent feature film showcasing the best of the British landscape we really want to get people interested and excited about the film so that British cinema can be truly celebrated and given the credit it deserves. It would be an honour if you could write a small article or create an event on your website, just to help us spread the word and reach as many people as possible before the upcoming release.

Below is a brief synopsis and link to the trailer and I’ve also attached some photos and the press pack to give you some more information that may be useful:



Sheila Hancock is at her sublime best as Edie, an elderly woman who, in the aftermath of the death of her controlling husband, decides to fulfil a long-held dream of climbing a Scottish mountain. Against her daughter’s wishes, she heads to Scotland and employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to help her get the right equipment and train her for the gruelling climb. As the pair talk, bicker and have fun, they reveal more about their lives to each other, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

Trailer at:

Education and Children’s Services convener Jim Paterson met with foster carers at a special event to mark Foster Care Fortnight, which runs until this Sunday.

The Council is bidding to have 100 people in the vital role, an increase of almost a fifth from 81.

There is also a specific drive to attract carers who can look after teenagers or older children as well as those who can care for children with disabilities or learning needs to support them to reach their full potential.

Councillor Paterson said: “It’s been great to meet our foster carers and hear about the wonderful work they do, as well as the challenges they face. One thing that has struck me is how supported they feel by our specialist team.

“We want to send out a message to anyone who thinks foster caring may be for them that you will be supported on every step of the way.

“You could transform the life of a child or young person.  We are especially keen to attract people who could offer a home to older children or teenagers who need the best help and support possible to ensure they reach their full potential.

“Some of them will have had challenging starts to their young lives but with the right help and guidance they could thrive.

“We also need people who think they could make a difference to a child or young person who has a a disability or special needs.”

Una Daly, 62 and her husband Tom have looked after children of all ages since she became a foster carer when she took early retirement from nursing six years ago.

Former ward sister Una, said: “All ages bring their joys and challenges and older children may be coming from backgrounds of families with difficulties and can have a fear of the future.

“Our job is to build real, firm strings of attachment to them. Through being very firm – and laying out boundaries – it gives them a security you love them enough to make sure they feel safe.

“I would say to anyone thinking about fostering ‘Just pick up the phone.’ If you proceed, you will be supported all along the way.

“It’s great to see a child blossom by giving them a loving home and let them see what family life can be like without so much worry and fewer difficulties . We just wish we had done it years ago.”

If you are over 21, have a spare room and are in good health, you can apply to help make a difference to a child’s life.

Children and young people of all ages need carers who will help them feel wanted, valued and safe.

As a foster carer, you can be in work or unemployed, be single, married, or in a same sex or heterosexual relationship, and can own or rent the property you live in.

You will be supported on every step of the journey with advice, specialist training and peer support and will also receive a generous allowance.

Anyone interested in more detail can call the team at Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1199 or email at childrenandfamilies@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Renfrewshire has been awarded an additional £4.6million from the Scottish Government to boost attainment for all pupils across the area as part of the Attainment Challenge.

22 May 2018 – Attainment Challenge – Convener on funding announcement audio – JCON

The funding was announced by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, today for ‘challenge authorities’ and is targeted at improving reading, writing, maths, and health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire first became a challenge authority in June 2016 and since then has seen improvements made in pupils’ reading age scores across primary three to seven.

Data gathered also indicates that the gap between the most and least deprived pupils has been reducing in listening, talking, reading and writing, and numeracy measurements.

Education and Children’s Services Convener for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “Renfrewshire is ambitious for all its children to reach their full potential and we have been working hard to reduce the poverty-related attainment gap while also raising attainment for all.

“Having the next round of Attainment Challenge funding means we can continue with our education programmes to improve literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing of all children, no matter their background or start in life.

“We know the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach is making a recognised difference to children’s reading skills and we are building upon existing work in maths to better support children as they learn counting and numbers. We have already seen more than 1000 teachers and support staff undertake enhanced professional learning and we will continue to support teachers to further their skills and experience in learning and teaching.

“One of the areas we are now working on is the impact of children’s learning as they move from primary to secondary schools. We now have 10 transition teachers in place and almost 250 teachers and support staff have taken part in professional learning so they can better support children and young people. Around 80 per cent of teachers said that transition support had positively impacted on pupil engagement in school.

“We’ve also been working with parents and families through the Parents in Partnership programme to support their confidence in family learning at home and feeling confident approaching their child’s school to talk directly with teachers. We’ve seen an impact on pupil attendance figures particularly for pupils whose parents took part in the programme.

“We will continue to deliver high-quality, evidence-based interventions and initiatives that have been proven to make a difference to pupils and their families as we develop the best possible teaching environment in our schools.”

MSP George Adam

School leavers in Renfrewshire continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with the latest figures showing 92.8% of youngsters in Renfrewshire going into further or higher education, employment or training three months after leaving school.

George Adam MSP

The total across Scotland has risen from 93.3% last year to 93.7% this year – showing that even more young people are finding fulfilling opportunities after leaving school.

In Renfrewshire, the percentage of people going on to positive destinations has gone from 92.2% last year to 92.8% this year – and increased from 88.1% since 2011/12.

Of those in positive destinations, 45% are at University and 23% are at college, while 21% are in employment and 3% are in training.

Commenting on the latest stats, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“The Scottish Government continues to make education its priority this parliament – and these figures reflect just how important SNP action on education is for our young people.

“Being able to go on to a positive destination after leaving school – whether that is college, university, work or training – is a great boost for young people across Renfrewshire, improving their self-confidence and setting them up to make positive contributions to our communities as adults.

“That more young people across Renfrewshire are going on to positive destinations this year than previously – up from 88.1% to 92.8% over the last six years – is fantastic news for our local community.

“Our young people need fulfilling work, study or training after leaving school to help ensure they don’t get left behind – and these positive figures for Renfrewshire and across Scotland show that they are benefitting from exactly that.”

paisley from drone

Although Scotland is famous for its beautiful and dramatic landscape, the country is also filled with
wonderful buildings and visitors to Scotland will be spoiled for choice when deciding where to visit.
From castles and Victorian manors to country houses and contemporary museums, Scotland has a huge
number of great attractions waiting to be explored. Read on to discover five must-see places in
Scotland.

Braemar Castle
Braemar Castle is a stunning 17 th century fortress situated within Cairngorms National Park in Braemar,
Aberdeenshire. This castle has turrets, curtain wall and dungeon. The grand rooms with furniture inside
the castle include morning rooms, dining rooms, Victorian bathrooms and games rooms where visitors
can imagine old games being played long before the invention of modern online games such as those at
https://onlinebingo.co.uk. With steep stone staircases and a lovely courtyard this castle has a wonderful
atmosphere.

Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart is a 19 th century manor house located on the Isle of Bute. This house showcases stunning
Victorian gothic architecture and sits within 300 acres of grounds and gardens. This property costs £3.50
to visit and can make a memorable day out for families with a picnic area and adventure play area in the
gardens and a gallery, shop and restaurant.

St Andrews Cathedral
Situated in St Andrews, Fife, this ruined cathedral was the largest to have ever been built in Scotland.
Built in 1158, this medieval cathedral had a central tower and six turrets, and after a fire destroyed the
building it was restored in 1440. It fell into decline and has been abandoned since 1561, however since
the 19 th early century St Andrews Cathedral has been tended and cared for so that it can be visited and
admired today.

Kelburn Castle
Kelburn Castle in Ayrshire is a stunning sight as it has been decorated by graffiti artists who were invited
by the Earl of Glasgow to create a bright design for the exterior walls. The castle features breathtaking
gardens and 3500 acres of grounds plus a 7 feet high wall that circles the main estate. The Kelburn Glen
nearby is host to wild flowers, waterfalls and woodlands.

VA Dundee
Opening in September 2018, the V&A Dundee is one to watch for modern design enthusiasts. This
exciting new design museum is the first of its kind in Scotland and will be free to enter. Located opposite
the Dundee railway station and situated on the waterfront, this striking building was designed by

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. It has the look of an ocean liner about it with staggered, diagonal sides
making a bold statement.

MSP George Adam

Primary and secondary schools across Renfrewshire will receive £4,558,000 from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund in 2018/19 to help boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils.

Nine local authorities in Scotland and an additional 74 individual schools will share £50 million funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund for initiatives targeted at children living in communities affected by high levels of deprivation.

This brings the total Attainment Scotland Fund investment to £170 million this year – helping raise attainment in schools across the country.

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“The latest Scottish Government investment of £4,558,000 in Renfrewshire schools will help us significantly drive up standards in education and raise attainment in our schools.

“We want to ensure that every child in Scotland has the best possible start in life, no matter their background, and this investment will help us narrow the poverty-related attainment gap across Paisley.

“We now have hundreds more teachers in classrooms the length and breadth of Scotland as a direct result of the Attainment Scotland Fund – and the SNP Government’s £170 million investment this year will help us raise the bar higher still.”

derek mackay MSP

Schools in Renfrewshire will receive over £4.5m in 2018/19 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, the Scottish Government announced today (Tuesday 22nd May 2018)

£50 million of dedicated funding will be provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2018/19 to help pupils living in communities affected by high levels of deprivation.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap. It prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in Scotland’s Primary and Secondary schools..

Renfrewshire is one of nine local authorities which have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge, for education initiatives and projects targeting Scotland’s most deprived children.

Commenting, Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:

“Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of the SNP in government.

“The Scottish Government are providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap – and schools in Renfrewshire will benefit to the tune of £4.5million this year through our Attainment Challenge. This is in addition to thePupil Equity Fund, which will see £4.2m going directly to head teachers in Renfrewshire this year.

“This latest round of funding will ensure that schools where the need is greatest have substantial additional funding for the coming year to improve literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.

“I’m delighted that schools in Renfrewshire are benefitting from this funding, which is targeted to improve the life chances of children and young people in Scotland.”