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Historic Concert On The Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge in Edinburgh rises a dizzying 330 feet above the water, is often battered by fearsome winds and is considered an engineering marvel even today. But a new chapter in its long history was added last summer when Network Rail granted permission for a popular Edinburgh rock band to perform on the landmark. Bwani Junction initially asked for permission to play on the bridge last year and was turned down. They responded by building a replica section of the bridge and throwing paint on it during their music video "Two Bridges" — a performance so realistic that many viewers thought the red bridge had actually been repainted blue by the band. Perhaps as a result of the publicity generated by the video, Network Rail decided to reverse their ruling, and on July 2nd the four band members were raised by a lift to a specially decked scaffold platform on the north cantilever — the 122-year-old structure's highest point — where they played a set against the backdrop of the Firth of Forth and the Fife coastline. "I'm afraid of heights but it's a one-off opportunity," said the band's somewhat nervous guitarist, Dan Muir, prior to the concert.

Tour de France Considering A Scottish Start

The Tour de France's Grande Départ took place in the Belgian city of Liège this year, but EventScotland has made a bid to have the Tour's kickoff weekend take place in Edinburgh in 2017. The opening race, traditionally a short time trial, would start at Holyrood Park and take riders past Parliament, up the Royal Mile, down the Mound to Princes Street, George Street, then to Calton Hill before returning to Holyrood Park where a vast tented Village D?part would host fans, guests and teams. A weekend of festivities would wrap up on Sunday with the first road race stage starting in Edinburgh and finishing south of the border, probably Carlisle or Newcastle. The tour's international events director visited Edinburgh last November and "loved it," according to sources.

Free Aberdeen Castle Trail Guides

The dramatic stories of 17 of Aberdeenshire's most famous castles are now available on the Web. And because the castles guide is put together as a 4-day tour, visitors can use the site to either plan an actual Scotland vacation or simply go on an armchair tour from the comfort of home. Day one of the tour begins in Aberdeen and takes you to the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar, then on to Crathes Castle and Drum Castle before ending at Fraser Castle, one of the grandest castles of Mar. Succeeding days begin in the towns of Ballater, Huntly and Banff. Go to www.visitscotland.com/castletrail to explore Scotland's Castle Trail or to download a leaflet to take along on your next trip.

The full text of this section is available in the Autumn 2012 issue of Scottish Life.

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