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W lc m t It’s been a long and hard winter, but I think I can safely say spring is in the air. The snow drifts, frozen lochs, and icy roads have melted away leaving us with many memories and lots to look forward to.
summer’, but I won’t get my sausages marinating just yet! Whatever the summer brings,
According to the latest long-range forecasts, it is set to be a ‘barbecue summer’, but I won’t get my sausages marinating just yet! Whatever the summer brings, there will be plenty of chances to make the most of the great outdoors, and reading our feature on historic walks (page 18) is a great way to start planning your summer activities. It is wonderful to know that there are so many fascinating and beautiful walks to enjoy all around the country, and that dedicated historians and hikers are working together to bring these little-known routes to our attention, as part of the Heritage Paths Project.
Our regular travel feature also provides inspiration to get some fresh air and discover the delights on our doorstep, with a guide to Arran, another gorgeous corner of the country – just turn to our middle pages to see for yourself.
Of course the occasional spot of rain will have us ducking for cover over the next few months. At least it will be good for the garden, and you can always while away the rainy days reading the array of wonderful stories in every issue of Scottish Memories!
C t ts5ThenandNow
News and events, headlines from the past, and interesting facts
10 Scotland’s forgotten army
The memories of the women who kept the country running from the Home Front
15 A pink confection
Myra Douglas looks at the fairytale architecture of Craigevar Castle
16 Memories Mailbox
Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ Writing to Remember column
18 Ten top historic walks
Discover the beauty and history of Scotland on foot with our top ten heritage paths
22 The weavers of Perth
Chris Paton relates textile tales of the weavers of old Perth
24 Year to Remember: 1976
The headlines, music, sport and films of 1976. Plus, this month in Scottish history
Matt Hill, Editor
36 Finding your roots Your guide to tracing the history of clans
38 A Fatal Attraction The story of Orkney’s infamous pirate. Plus, the mystery surrounding JM Barrie’s Captain Hook
40 Scotland remembered Reader memories of a Billy Graham rally, theatre trips and the seaside special trains
44 Tall stories for small people Remember the weird and wonderful characters invented to encourage children to behave?
44 From the archives We reveal more interesting items from the past
46 Wee Harry Our young hero solves his pet predicament
47 My Scotland Bruce Scotland explains how he shares memories of home with hundreds of Australians
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland Book and CD reviews
27 Destination Arran
Your comprehensive visitor guide to the isle of Arran, including View of the Month
50 WIN! A hamper worth £75! Win a luxury Taste of Arran hamper
34 Stones, big and wee
Jean Brittain explores the traditions and superstitions surrounding stones.
51 Crashes and prangs The perils of air travel in the early 1900s are revealed in a new book on the subject
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