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Scotch Paradise

Our visitor attraction this week is the award winning Highland Folk Museum situated on Kingussie Road, Newtonmore. The Highland Folk Museum triumphed at the 2007 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, bringing home to Newtonmore one of the top prizes – the Tourism People Development Award. The Folk Museum is situated within the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park on two sites: one in Kingussie, and the one we are looking at this week at Newtonmore. The outdoor museum at Newtonmore opened in 1995 and is a mile long living history site that includes reconstructed buildings, a 1700s Township, a 1930 working farm, live interpretation and a range of visitor facilities. The Highland Folk Museum promises ‘to ensure that all visitors have a memorable quality experience, within a safe and cared for environment’, and that is exactly what they achieve.  A great day out for all the family as the Museum succeeds in its aim of preserving and recording aspects of Highland life from the 1700s onwards. Within sight of the Cairngorms this interesting and varied landscape combines farmland, woodland and open area.

The Highland Folk Museum was the brainchild of Dr Isobel F Grant, who although born in Edinburgh and raised in London, always had the traditional home of her family in the Highlands in her heart. In 1934 she determined to have an open air Highland museum and in 1944 a museum was opened in Kingussie – the forerunner to the 1995 Newtonmore development. Dr Grant’s vision comes alive at Newtonmore as the Highland township which is based on the original larger Badenoch settlement of Easter Raitts takes you back to the era of the Jacobite Risings and the days when Cluny MacPherson brought his clan out on the side of the deposed Stewarts. Aultlarie Farm, probably dating from the early 1800s, is worked as it operated in the 1930s. A reminder of how farming was in the early days of the 20th century. The Open Air Museum Buildings range from The Railway Halt, Glenlivet Post Office (from 1913), a shepherd’s bothy and fank through to the Leanach Kirk, an early 1900s corrugated tin church relocated from Culloden and Fraser’s Joiner’s Workshop where carts could be repaired and coffins supplied!  As you would expect the site includes audio visual introduction for visitors, café facilities, toilets, bairn’s play area, shop and picnic area. Visit for further details of this magnificent tourist and historic attraction.

Whisky and milk would have been in plentiful supply in 1700s Highland Townships and this week's recipe - Scotch Paradise - contains both.

Scotch Paradise

Ingredients: 50ml Whisky; dash of coconut syrup; milk

Method: Moisten the edge of a highball glass with sugar syrup. Roll the glass in desiccated coconut to coat the outer edge. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add – a large (50ml) measure of Whisky, a dash of coconut syrup and top up with milk (enough to fill the glass). Shake well and pour into the glass.


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