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Fine Scotsmen and Fine Cottages in Scotland

A guest post promoting cottages in Scotland:

Without doing the statistics Scotland seems to have produced a disproportionate quantity of great people. Be they writers, statesmen, academics, inventors or significant from a variety of other walkers Scotland has been prodigious. Though many of these great people have been adopted as British they all hail from Scotland and it is a fascinating element to a holiday to trace some of the roots of some of these great Scotsmen. Why not pick your Scottish cottages near where they were brought up or worked?

Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations was published in 1776 but its affects as a work on the study of economics is felt today. He is held by most as the father of economics where he propounded the idea of the “invisible hand” of the free market. The book was written in Kirkaldy in Fife and though the original building is no longer standing the town of Kirkaldy is still very proud of its son.

Beautifully situated amidst rolling farmland, yet less than 10 miles from the beaches and fishing villages of the scenic East Neuk and just five miles to Kirkaldy, Mackays self catering Scotland offers this substantial farmhouse. It has been sympathetically modernised to provide comfortable accommodation whilst retaining the original character.

Robert Louis Stevenson had a lot to live up to coming as he did from a dynasty that was responsible for much of the symbols of progress in the industrial revolution. Rather than follow them into building lighthouses his poor health lead him to develop into the author of many of classics of English literature. Treasure Island was written was written in 1883 along with many of his finest works during this early period of his life.

Stevenson spent his childhood mostly near his grandfather’s church in Colinton in Edinburgh. In James Square, Dalry, Mackays has an attractive ground floor apartment is part of a prestigious development with the popular attraction of a heated swimming pool. The apartment would be a good choice for the discerning visitor wishing to enjoy a city break or to seek out the roots of the “father” of Long John Silver.

John Logie Baird was perhaps not the inventor of the television but he certainly produced the first one that could be seen as the likely future of entertainment. He was born and educated in Dumbartonshire before he made the journey south to develop his electrical engineering skills.

Nestling in the scenic little village of Lochgoilhead a few miles from Logie Baird’s birthplace, this well-presented, detached bungalow is a short stroll from the pebbled shoreline of majestic Loch Goil, which is surrounded by the Arrochar Alps. The village itself sits under the southside mountains of Glen Croe and it is situated in one of the most picturesque, remote, mountainous and wilderness parts of the southern highlands.

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