By Juliet Clough, Keith Davidson, Sandie Randall, Alastair Scott

ISBN-10: 0789494191

ISBN-13: 9780789494191

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LT REGIONS ed “Rolls Royce of Single Malts”. Aged in sherry casks, it has a full flavour. The Glenlivet is the most famous of the Speyside malts, distilled since 1880. Single malts vary cording to regional differences in the peat and stream water used. This map illustrates the divisions of the traditional whisky distilling regions in Scotland. Each whisky has subtle but recognizable regional flavour characteristics. KEY • Single malt distilleries A P O R T R A I T O F S C O T L A N D 33 HOW WHISKY IS MADE Traditionally made from just barley, yeast and stream water, Scottish whisky (from the Gaelic usquebaugh, or the “water of life”) takes a little over three weeks to produce, though it must be given at least three years to mature.

Comedy acts from around the world. Scottish Rugby Union Cup Final (30 Apr), Murrayfield Puppet and Animation Festival (first 2 Stadium, Edinburgh. Scotland’s showpiece club rugby event. weeks). Workshops and displays at 70 venues nationwide. MAY (two weeks, early Apr), Edinburgh. The world’s largest science festival. Scottish Grand National (mid-Apr), SPRING The snow clears off the mountains after April, the salmon swim upstream and the country prepares for visitors. There are some excellent festivals and a series of important sporting events.

Hugh MacDiarmid’s poetry in the 1920s carried literature into the stream of modernism. A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistlee (1926) combines disparate Scottish dialects with political and social commentary in one of the century’s great symbolist works. Edwin Muir also won international acclaim. Successors included Sidney Goodsir S C O T L A N D 27 Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, in The Graphicc (1901) Smith and William Soutar. Fiction reached epic and innovative proportions with Neil Gunn ((Butcher’s Broom, 1933) ( and Lewis Grassic Gibbon (A Scots Quair, 1932–4).

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