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Neil Oliver’s sceptred isle

November 10 2018

As Neil Oliver prepares to share his love of the British Isles with Scottish audiences, he tells Caroline Lindsay about some of the places where the spirit of the past seems to linger.

Amber Lights

Orkney all-rounder malt has US connection

June 2 2018

Although all whisky fans have their own favourite malt, many agree the best “all-round malt” is Highland Park. It has that combination of nose, mouthfeel and finish that makes it many aficionados’ first or second choice. However, one wonders how a distillery beside Kirkwall in Orkney got called Highland Park, as the nearest Highlands are miles south across the stormy Pentland Firth.

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Snow may suit skiers but birds endure hungry gap

January 7 2018

Three weeks ago I wrote about the difficulties wildlife experiences during what is known as the hungry gap period. Frost and snow make foraging for food difficult, the hedgerow berries and wild seed heads in the ditches and the margins have been stripped and our wild birds need support.

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