A unique realm marvel


Although it’s been an integral part of Great Britain since 1707, Scotland has kept a distinct and separate identity throughout the last 300 years. The return of a devolved Scottish parliament to Edinburgh in 1999 marked a rising self-assurance and sense of pride in the nation’s achievements.


Scotland is definitely a small piece of paradise on Earth. It undoubtedly has countless resources jam-packed into its compressed land. For the history fans, few towns compare with Edinburgh and Glasgow; for the starving, try the Aberdeen Angus beef or smoked salmon from Dumfries and Galloway or, for the thirsty, the peerless malt whiskies of the Ile of Islay or Oban await. There is rough peak setting of the Highlands and Northern Islands and cold, sparkling seas washing against the Outer Hebrides. Wildlife watchers will gladly meet otters, eagles, whales and dolphins, while hill walkers have almost 300 Munros to bag. There’s stormy past and captivating pedigree, fortresses and country hostelries, canoeing and caber-tossing, golfing and fishing, and last but not least, people’s interaction


Close Up on Dunning


Based in the old Perthshire village of Dunning in Scotland, Dunning is steeped in history from the earliest days. There is an iron-age fort on the Dun Knock and a 1st century Roman camp at Kincladie.


Legend has it that Saint Serf is said to have killed a dragon there, and there is a thorn tree planted in Jacobite times as well as a monument to Maggie Wall, burnt as a witch in 1657. The site includes St. Serf’s Church graveyard survey and Dunning parish census records, both useful for genealogy research. Dunning is still very much a living, working village, its residents being a combination of all ages and interests. The population is about 1000. The scenery includes two churches, three pubs, several shops, a primary school, two parks, a golf course, tennis courts, and a bowling green. It is a place like no other.