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Scotland In Brief

In Как улучшить английский?, Полезно знать, Путешествия on Ноябрь 8, 2012 at 2:50 пп

Сегодня мы продолжаем знакомить коротко с некоторыми (из многих!) чудесами Шотландии, итак…

Loch Ness

More than a thousand people claim to have seen the bulbous back of an unidentified creature briefly break the glassy surface of Loch Ness, then disappear. This legendary body of water is the country’s second largest loch, slightly smaller in surface area, though deeper, than Loch Lomond to its south.

Highland Dancers

Traditionally performed by men, Scottish Highland dancing today is more often performed by women. Highland dancing involves vigorous exertion, precision positioning, and meticulous arm- and footwork. Bagpipers generally accompany the dancing, playing intricate tunes composed by a single family in the 16th century.

Jacobite Steam Train

One of Scotland’s most famous contemporary authors was heavily influenced by her homeland — J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series.  Take a trip to the Highlands and board the Jacobite train, used as the Hogwarts Express in the films. Travel on board the steam train to Mallaig over the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct, which also featured in some of the films.

Isle of Lewis

The western shore of the windswept Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides is dominated by jagged, rocky cliffs and roiling Atlantic waves. It’s also the site of ancient stone circles. Inland are fertile lands, expansive peat moors, and in the south, hills. A low population and diverse habitats make the island one of Scotland’s premier wildlife-watching sites.

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Scotland In Brief

In Как улучшить английский?, Полезно знать, Путешествия on Ноябрь 7, 2012 at 12:14 пп

Сегодня для наших читателей — чарующая Шотландия и нескольно любопытных фактов об этом невероятно красивом и интересном месте на Земле. Завтра мы порадуем Вас продолжением этой рубрики

Eilean Donan Castle

Widely considered Scotland’s most photographed site, Eilean Donan Castle perches on an island at the meeting of three lochs in western Scotland. The island’s first castle was an early 13th-century fortification against raiding Vikings.

Lonach Highlanders

The mission of the Lonach Highland & Friendly Society includes preserving Highland dress and promoting «peaceable and manly conduct.» Each summer since 1823, the group has held a «gathering,» a march through the towns around Strathdon in eastern Scotland, culminating in an afternoon of traditional Scottish games.

Edinburgh Castle

Castle Rock, whose vertical flanks rise above the Scottish city of Edinburgh, may have first served as a strategic stronghold around 850 B.C. For the past thousand years it’s been the site of Edinburgh Castle, the thick-walled fortress at the center of nearly every major conflict in Scotland’s history.

Puffin

Each spring nearly a million puffins arrive at the cliffs of Scotland’s west coast to lay their eggs. These birds, with their colorful beaks and doleful expressions, can be seen darting to and from the ocean, gathering mouthfuls of fish for their hatchlings.

Ceilidh Dance

The Scottish ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee) began as a gathering where people shared music and told stories. These days, it tends to be more about the dancing. Ceilidhs, like American barn dances, are high-spirited social affairs with group dances and callers who help novices, like this young Scot in the Outer Hebrides’ Castlebay, learn the steps.

Fairytale Pass

In Как улучшить английский?, Полезно знать, Путешествия on Октябрь 11, 2012 at 1:04 пп

Сегодня в нашей рубрике уникальных мест на планете — прославленная шотландская морская пещера, известна также как сказочная Фингалова пещера.

Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, part of a National Nature Reserve owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Its size and naturally arched roof, and the eerie sounds produced by the echoes of waves, give it the atmosphere of a natural cathedral. The cave’s Gaelic name, An Uaimh Bhinn, means «the melodious cave».

The cave was brought to the attention of the English-speaking world by 18th-century naturalist Sir Joseph Banks in 1772. It became known as Fingal’s Cave after the eponymous hero of an epic poem by 18th-century Scots poet-historian James Macpherson.

In Irish mythology, the hero Fingal is known as Fionn mac Cumhaill, and it is suggested that Macpherson rendered the name as Fingal (meaning «white stranger») through a misapprehension of the name which in old Gaelic would appear as Finn. The legend has Fionn or Finn building the causeway between Ireland and Scotland.

The cave has a large arched entrance and is filled by the sea. However, it is also possible to land elsewhere on the island and walk to the cave overland, where a row of fractured columns forms a walkway just above high-water level permitting exploration on foot.

 

 

 

Amazing!

In Как улучшить английский?, Путешествия on Сентябрь 3, 2012 at 8:01 дп

Мы начинаем новую рубрику — хит-парад изумительных мест мира. И первым ее открывает невероятный островок неподалеку от Шотландии.

Luytla-Duymun — the smallest of the 18 Faroe Islands, located between Scotland and Iceland. The gorgeous place is 0.8 sq km, the highest point – Mount Ravan height 414 meters. The island is uninhabited, except for those frequent cases where it encircled the clouds or deposited in the form of top hats.