Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

Scottish airline Highland Airways goes bust

The airline, which operated flights in the Scottish islands and in Wales, entered into administration following ongoing liquidity issues.

The airline, which operated flights in the Scottish islands and in Wales, entered into administration following ongoing liquidity issues.

The company, based in Inverness, operated a fleet of nine small aircraft running services between Oban and the Inner Hebrides, Stornoway and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, and Cardiff and Anglesey in Wales.

Highland Airways also provided charter flights and other services such as newspaper delivery and Scotland fisheries protection air patrols.

The airline, which employed 100 people, entered into administration on 24 March 2010 having encountered trading difficulties, including the loss of several contracts.

The announcement came almost four months after FlyGlobespan, Scotland's largest airline at the time, also went into administration on 16 December 2009 as it failed to secure a finance deal.

The failure of Highland Airways has not only affected customers in Scotland, but also in Wales as the Scottish airline operated the North-South Wales route between Cardiff and Ynys Mon / Anglesey.

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