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In WEE BITS, in The Mag., thre's an article on the correct colour of Blue for The Saltire WELCOME to Find it in Scotland. The site's navigation menu Main Headings are down the left-hand panel. Click on these to see what's in each one. Some sections have a LOT in them.
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WEE BITS...(CONT.) THE 5,000 -YEAR-OLD FIGURINE OF THE ORKNEY VENUSVENUS

The Orkney

           Venus...

 DESCRIPTIVE PANEL FOR THE ORKNEY VENUS

The figurine measures approximately 1.3/8 inches high.

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MAP SHOWING THE ORKNEY ISLANDS 

 Our thanks to Historic Scotland, who allowed us to take these photographs. For more information about the many works they administer, and the buildings they maintain you can go directly to there website in a new window, using this link:    www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

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 LOCH NESS - a few facts...

LOOKING SOUTH DOWN LOCH NESS

* Loch Ness is the second-deepest Loch in Scotland at 740 feet. It is so deep that London's BT Tower would be completely submerged if it was dropped into the Loch. (Loch Morar is the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles, with a maximum depth of 1,017 ft.)

LOCH MORAR

* Loch Ness lies along the Great Glen Fault, which forms a line of weakness in the rocks which in turn has been excavated by glacial erosion, forming the Great Glen and the basins of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness.

* The Loch has around 40 rivers and burns (the Scottish word for small stream) running into it.

* It contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales put together.

LOCKS ON THE CALEDONIAN CANAL, WITH LOCH NESS IN THE BACKGROUND*The Loch is about twenty-two and half miles in length, and stretches south from Dores, which is 5 miles outside of Inverness, to Fort William.

* The volume of water contained in Loch Ness is so large that 10 times the world population could be submerged beneath the water.

* The bottom of the loch is particularly smooth, and has been compared to a bowling green. 

* There is a large amount of peat in the soil surrounding the loch; as a result, the Loch water is very murky, and visibility is normally only about 4 inches.

* The only island on Loch Ness is Cherry Island, visible at its southwestern end, near Fort Augustus. It is a crannog, which is a form of artificial island. (Most crannogs were constructed during the Iron Age.)

* The Monster... much has been said and written about Nessie; the earliest record is reputed to be that in 565AD, St Colomba saw the LochCLIPART INTERPRETATION OF NESSIE Ness monster. He supposedly rescued a man who was being attacked by the monster; so this was the first recorded sighting in history.

* The sightings have in some cases been backed up by photographs, the most famous (or infamous) of which is The Surgeon's Photograph. Supposedly taken on April 19, 1934 by A British gynecologist called Robert Kenneth Wilson, it was a hoax.  Details of how the photo was accomplished were published in the 1999 book, 'Nessie – the Surgeon’s Photograph Exposed'. Essentially, it was a toy submarine with a head and neck made of plastic wood.

  CLICK ON NESSIE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE 'LEGENDS OF NESSIE' SITE. OPENS IN A NEW WINDOW.  There is a vast amount of information about Loch Ness available on the internet, and many sites to see; one we found and like is called "Legend of Nessie". Click on her image to be taken to the site.

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