Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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Distilleries from Skye and Raasay form one of nine reasons to head for Scotland, according to VisitScotland.

The tourism board listed Torabhaig Distillery, Talisker Distillery and the Isle of Raasay Distillery as a major draw for whisky-loving explorers.

VisitScotland stated in their Nine Reasons Why You Should Visit Scotland In 2019 list: "The new Hebridean Whisky Trail gives you the opportunity to embark on a whisky journey like no other.

"Explore Torabhaig Distillery, Isle of Raasay Distillery, Talisker Distillery and the Isle of Harris Distillery to taste some of Scotland’s finest whiskies, take educational tours, and marvel at the stunning scenery around you."

The full list can be read here.


Inverness' Northern Meeting Park will be transformed into the House of Fun when iconic band, Madness, arrives in the city next summer.

The band will headline a huge outdoor concert in Northern Meeting Park, Inverness on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Famous for unique, quirky pop classics including House of Fun; Driving in My Car; It Must Be Love; Our House; and Baggy Trousers, Madness will bring their love of pop to the North of Scotland.

Speaking about the upcoming concert, the band said: "We're excited to be heading back to Scotland to perform outdoors, this time in the Highlands. Our Scottish fans always give us such a warm welcome and we'll offer them a great concert featuring a superb line-up of our hits, which we can all dance along to!"

A primary school pupil from Raasay has won Kate Forbes MSP's constituency Christmas card competition.

Tabitha Carslaw, who is in primary seven, beat off competition from hundreds of other children from across the Highlands to have her design  printed on a mountain gondola. 

Tabitha's entry also features on the front cover of Ms Forbes' annual Christmas card.

This year's prize was kindly donated by Nevis Range, and thousands of tourists will see Tabitha's design of a Highland cow on a snowboard on one of the mountain gondolas at Aonach Mor near Ben Nevis.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "I was delighted to congratulate Tabby Carslaw on winning my Christmas card competition. Tabby's card looked brilliant on the side of a gondola, and I was really excited to visit Nevis Range with her to see the finished product.

"Whilst the Christmas card competition is a bit of fun, there is a serious element to it as well. I want children to grow up knowing their local elected representatives and understanding that they have a role to play in local democracy."

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