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Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

Quirky Scottish food & drink for Burns Night

On of the first nights of celebration in the Scottish calendar is Burns Night! Burns Night marks the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on 25 January each year. The first celebration took place in 1801 in Alloway, and today Burns Night is celebrated around the world. The traditional fare is Haggis, Neeps (turnips) and Tatties (potatoes) and of course a few drams of whisky. If you fancy shaking things up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of some other Scottish food & drink you can incorporate into your Burns Night meal…


New Lanark Ice Cream – made at New Lanark World Heritage Site, Lanarkshire

End your meal with something sweet and enjoy some award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream! Made to a traditional recipe in the historic Mechanics’ Workshop building in the village of New Lanark. We produce a range of flavours from the classic Simply Vanilla to more adventurous Scottish flavours like Irn Bru , Puff Candy and Raspberry Cranachan! Available to purchase in the New Lanark Mill Café. (for wholesale enquiries please contact 01555 666875). Find out more about New Lanark Ice Cream here.


Ooft! Scotch Bonnet Sauce sauce – made in the Scottish Borders

Spice up your meal with some Scotch Bonnet sauce! The pepper used to make the sauce is named for its resemblance to a tam o’ shanter hat.

“This is a sauce made to an old family recipe from Trinidad and is aged for between one and two years before bottling. The recipe was developed by my wife’s father Rudy DeCoteau who was a master peppers maker living in Maracas St Joseph. The unique smooth flavor is developed when the sauce is laid down like fine wine to mature in vats for over a year before bottling. During that time the vats are checked and shaken weekly. Its along slow process but we think its worth it. Hot sauce, chilli sauce, pepper sauce.” Find out more about buying  Ooft! Scotch Bonner Sauce.

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Image Credit – Ooft Scotch Bonnet Sauce Facebook page


Seriously Good Venison – reared in Cupar, Fife

Try something other than Haggis…..Seriously Good award winning venison, Highland beef, Hebridean hogget & mutton and rare breed Perthshire pork. Find out more about buying Seriously Good Venison.

 

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Dunlop Dairy Cheeses – made in Ayrshire

Finishing your meal with a cheese board? Enjoy a selection of Scottish cheeses from Dunlop Dairy – a traditional Ayrshire cheesemaker. Find out more about buying Dunlop Dairy Cheese.

Image Credit Dunlop Dairy Facebook page

 


Isle of Harris Gin – made on the Isle of Harris

If whisky isn’t your tipple of choice why not try some Isle of Harris gin? Distilled in the heart of Harris, this gin is made with local waters and made by local hands. Find out more about buying Isle of Harris Gin.

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Image credit – Isle of Harris Gin Facebook page

 

If you don’t fancy cooking why not visit the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s Mill One Restaurant for a delicious meal? Take a look at the menu here!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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18/01/17 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Days out in Scotland for History Buffs

Days out in Scotland for History Buffs

Are you a self proclaimed history buff? Scotland is the place for you to be! From castles on (almost) every corner, and lochs strewn across the land – our country is packed full of fascinating historical locations which make for a great day out.

As if you needed another reason to get exploring, 2017 has been designated as the ‘Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology’ by Visit Scotland! If you need some inspiration, below are some of our favourite suggestions for ‘historic’ days out in Scotland. Many of these locations are around 1 hour from New Lanark, making the New Lanark Hotel or Wee Row Hostel a perfect base to explore from if you’re planning a holiday to Scotland.

 

 

New Lanark World Heritage Site

Visit New Lanark Mills to discover one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal importance’. Explore the stunning woodland surroundings and see the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls. Experience over 200 years of social history and industrial heritage.

Find out more about visiting at www.newlanark.org

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Scottish Fisheries Museum (2 hours from New Lanark)

“In a spectacular location opposite the harbour in the fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife, we are a National Museum, telling the story of the Scottish fishing industry, its boats, harbours and communities.”

Find out more about visiting at www.scotfishmuseum.org

 

Glasgow Cathedral (50 minutes from New Lanark)

The first stone built Glasgow Cathedral was dedicated in the presence of King David I in 1136. The present building was consecrated in 1197. Since that same period the Cathedral has never been unroofed and the worship of God has been carried out within its walls for more than 800 years.

The splendid achievements of the architects and builders of those far off days can be studied and admired. Not everything, however, is old and the Cathedral has one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows to be found in Britain.

Find out more about visiting at www.glasgowcathedral.org

 

National Mining Museum (1 hour from New Lanark)

“The museum provides a great day out for all ages! We’re based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, just nine miles south of Edinburgh. Visitors to the museum will marvel at the sheer size of the place, be astounded by the engineering brilliance behind all the machinery and retrace the footsteps and struggles of the thousands of miners and their families before them.”

Find out more about visiting at www.nationalminingmuseum.com

 

Rosslyn Chapel (1 hour from New Lanark)

Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and services continue to be held here weekly. The Chapel has also been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003, and the subsequent film. Rosslyn Chapel Trust was established in 1995 to care for the Chapel and oversee its conservation and public access.

Find out more about visiting at www.rosslynchapel.com

Rosslyn Chapel

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Palace of Holyroodhouse ( 1 hour 15 minutes from New Lanark)

Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history. At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens, all with a complimentary audio tour. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign. Today, the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining. The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

Find out more about visiting here.

 

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (1 hour from New Lanark)

“Our heritage railway is only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh. We are located in the historic town of Bo’ness. Friendly staff will welcome you aboard a heritage steam or diesel-hauled train and wish you a pleasant journey. The train travels along the shore of the Firth of Forth with views of the majestic Ochil Hills, before climbing a tree-lined gradient, passing woodland, wild flowers and waterfalls to the country station of Birkhill. Alight here to take a stroll in the ancient woodlands of the Avon Gorge.”

Find out more about visiting at www.www.bkrailway.co.uk

 

Dunadd Fort (suggested by our Facebook fan Samantha Grant)

Dunadd Fort rises proudly from Moine Mhor – the ‘great moss’ – an expanse of bog that carpets the southern end of Kilmartin Glen. It was home to a fort 2,000 years ago, and a royal power centre of Gaelic kings in the 500s to 800s AD. Below the mighty fort site are some extraordinary features carved into the rock, including two human footprint shapes – similar to a pair found at Clickimin Broch.

Find out more about visiting here.

 

Govan Stones (suggested by our Facebook fan Philip Pohler)

History buffs can discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th-11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde. One of Glasgow’s most important historical and cultural assets, explore the 31 monuments within the beautiful setting of Govan Old Church.

Find out more about visiting at www.thegovanstones.org.uk

Govan Stones

Image credit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-18172678

 

We’ve definitely been inspired to get out and explore after reading about all of these amazing locations! You can find out more about visiting New Lanark here.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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21/11/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , , , , , ,

Unique crafts from New Lanark wood

Unique crafts from New Lanark wood

Unique Hardwood Bowls made from locally sourced wood. 

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This beautiful collection of unique hardwood bowls have been made using storm damaged trees from New Lanark and the local area. No two bowls are the same, with a range of woods being used including Lime, Elm, Cherry, Olive Ash and Hawthorn.

The bowls are hand turned & worked by Jack, a member of the New Lanark maintenance team who lives locally. Jack is self-taught and has used online videos to teach himself the intricate woodwork craft. A hobby has turned into a passion and he now has 3 lathes at home!

The bowls are finished with a nut oil to enhance the natural grain and unique markings of the wood.

The bowls are sold exclusively in the Mill Shop. Visit and take home a unique piece of Scotland, today! The Mill Shop is open 7 days a week. 9am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

The original native New Lanark woodland would probably have consisted mostly of ash, elm and oak trees. However, much of the mature woodland that was planted by Robert Owen in the early 19th century is dominated by mature beech and Scots pine as well as the lime trees that line the School path. In addition to their ecological value, the woodlands around New Lanark have a historical signficance as an early example of a designed landscape and, together with Corehouse, Bonnington and Braxfield estates and Castlebank Park, form a part of the Falls of Clyde Designed Landscape. There are also an important resource for local people and visitors and provide a glorious ever-changing backdrop to the village.  In the aerial view of New Lanark below, the woodland footpaths recorded in john Clark’s 1825 engraving can still be clearly seen. The woodlands themselves have matured, but the footpaths and the “diversified views of a beautiful country” can still be enjoyed today.

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25/08/16 New Lanark Mill Shop # , , , ,

The Mill Shop: From Scotland with Love

The Mill Shop: From Scotland with Love

The New Lanark Mill Shop offers a superb range of contemporary gifts, homeware, books, fashions & accessories. On top of all that, the Mill Shop also stocks a fantastic range of Scottish produce – from jewellery to honey! As the Mill Shop is located within New Lanark, one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we are dedicated to showcasing the ‘best of Scotland’ to the thousands of visitors who come to New Lanark every year. As well as being a great place for visitors to pick up souvenirs, the shop is also ‘more than just a gift shop’ and with new ranges being launched all the time, is the perfect destination shopping location for local shoppers!

Here is a selection of some of the range of Scottish products currently stocked in the Mill Shop

 

The Organic Tartan

The New Lanark Mill Shop is also the home of the world’s first Organic Tartan, which is exclusively sold here through a range of beautiful throws, bags, purses and accessories.

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Heathergems

Heathergems is a unique and imaginative range of Scottish jewellery and giftware, made in Pitlochry, Scotland from natural heather stems. They are the only manufacturers of this unique Scottish product anywhere in the world.

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New Lanark Ice Cream

Not quite sold in the Mill Shop, our award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream is sold right next door in the Mill Café and across the village in the Village Store!

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Skaramanda

Wrap pins, brooches and jewellery designed and hand made in Scotland by Maggie Lord. Individually created making each piece unique and hand painted in her own distinctive art style.

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The Scottish Fine Soaps Company

“We’ve been making our beautiful products since 1974. All of our products are made in Scotland, at our factory near the Ochil Hills in Stirlingshire. At The Scottish Fine Soaps Company, we blend gorgeous ingredients with contemporary Scottish style to create bath and beauty collections that will make you look, feel and smell fantastic. Since our family business was founded over 40 years ago, we’ve been searching Scotland and the world for inspirational ingredients with unique fragrances and beauty benefits.”

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Pewtermill Crafts

Pewtermill Crafts are a small family business established in 1960 by David Harkinson producing fine quality polished pewter jewellery and giftware. Each piece comes boxed and carries the touch marks of the Assosciation of British Craftsmen and of Pwetermill – as recoded on the Touch Plate of the Company of Pewteresrs at a grand ceremony in London in 2003.

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The Just Slate Company

Stunning range of slate tableware, slate gifts and slate homeware. All slate is natural and hand-cut in Scotland to fit with our contemporary designs. From our workshops in Scotland we hand-cut each individual slate piece to fit with our contemporary designs. By striking the raw slate correctly a skilled craftsman or women can split the layers to create a flat surface with the detailed “riven” edge surround.

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COCO Chocolatier

“Coco is an Artisan Chocolatier based in Edinburgh that specializes in making ethically traded, organic and most importantly delicious chocolate. Coco was established in 2004 as one of Scotland’s first chocolatiers. Now the Company has two gorgeous shops, on Bruntsfield and Stockbridge & a specialist Chocolate Kitchen in Summerhall, Edinburgh.”

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Plan Bee  – Scottish Honey

“Plan Bee Ltd is the fastest way to make a natural positive impact on your local environment. From our beehives, we produce premium grade bespoke honey from quintessential locations around Scotland. The important differentiator from our competitors is that our honey is cold extracted, minimally filtered and unpasteurized which is sustainable in its production and inherently proud of its origin. We also sell products of the hive including pollen, propolis and honeycomb.”

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Harris Tweed Range

“From time immemorial, the inhabitants of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland have woven a beautiful and intricate cloth the world knows simply as Harris Tweed. The islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra produce this luxury cloth entirely by hand and have long been known for the excellence of their weaving. However up until the middle of the nineteenth century, their cloth was used only on their crofts or sold at local markets, but in 1846, Lady Dunmore, widow of the landowner of Harris, the Earl of Dunmore, chose to have their clan tartan replicated by Harris weavers in tweed. ”

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New Lanark Wool & Textiles

Taking centre stage in the Mill Shop is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which includes yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. New Lanark Wool & Textiles is a small-scale producer of high quality Chunky, Aran, Double Knitting and Organic woollen yarn. Our wool is produced using very traditional methods on a 19th century spinning mule, which is powered by renewable energy from our own hydro-electricity production. We are very proud of the fact that we are a “Green Energy Site”.

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The Mill Shop is open 7 days a week! 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Click here to find out more about visiting. 

Don’t forget to ask about the Mill Shop’s new Loyalty Cards!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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