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A great idea from Leith, Edinburgh. They should have designated seats like this everywhere. Especially places like airports, trains, cafes and restaurants.
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Our latest Blog is about places in Scotland that will bring out the photographer in you.

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Scotland a land of innovation; Penicillin, Telephone, Television, the Bicycle, the Pneumatic tyre, Swinging Parties.... yep, you read right!
And it all started in the 13th century at Machrihanish where St Kevin established "Swinging Parties" for disenchanted spouses. One night each year, any unhappily married couples could go to his church, be blindfolded and then run around the church 3 times. After 3 laps of the church, they could grab the nearest available member of the opposite sex and be married to them for the following year. If their new "marriage" didn't workout, they could then come back the next year for another shot. The system has some merit!
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The Kintyre peninsula is truly one of the forgotten corners of Scotland, but it offers some brilliant opportunities for photography. Being on the frontline of the Atlantic, you get dramatic weather changes and can be standing in glorious sunshine whilst watching a thunderstorm just  a few miles away!
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Old Nigg Church, lots of history, but tucked away from the mainstream tourist trail and all the better for it!
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Just back from a wee tour around the Caerlaverock Castle area, which got us thinking about other Scottish castles with moats and water defences. The challenge was to come up with castles surrounded by fresh water rather than ones on islands in the sea. We came up with Caerlaverock, Rothesay, Threave, Loch an Eilean, Lochindorb, Innischonnel, Eilean Fraoch, Kilchurn (it was once on an island), Loch Leven... can you think of anymore?
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So if you followed our last suggestion, you've bought a totally unique Celtic styled ring. But how are you going to deliver the ring in a suitably romantic and memorable way. Well you could try this...

Suggestion No.5)
Employ the services of one of the highly trained Owls at Dunrobin castle to swoop down with the ring attached to its foot (a la Harry Potter). Less romantically, you may need to feed the bird a dead mouse to get it to release the ring, but that's a minor detail.
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My wife has pointed out that my "romantic" suggestions have so far not involved enough financial commitment to impress ladies of a "high maintenance" persuasion. So this suggestion is less about the thought and more about the price tag!

Suggestion No.4)
If things are getting serious, and you're under pressure to produce a ring, you could commission some authentic Celtic Jewellery from Duncan House on Skye?

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Continuing our build up to Valentine's Day, here's another idea for a romantic gesture... well maybe not romantic, but it demonstrates your caring side.

Suggestion No.3)
Adopt an abandoned seal pup at the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary.
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Today's Romantic idea is a bit cheaper... which is why I like it.

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Go up to Durness, take a big sturdy bucket to collect pebbles from the beach and then write a love message in big letters at the entrance to Smoo Cave. After this "big" gesture, you can go on a boat ride into Smoo Cave and pretend that you are on a Gondola in Venice.... OK that last bit is maybe stretching it a bit too far!
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