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I should have advertised this long ago, but things have been very hectic at work! So, sorry guys for hte very short notice.

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust are holding a few events through north Fife on Beltane (ie Friday!), some of which are sunset walks up 5 of the hills in Fife. We reach the tops for sunset and light some fire torches, while talking about Celtic tradition and such like! On a clear night you can see the torchlight on each hill! There is also a Celtic Mythology walk as well.

www.fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk/

You can book by contacting Fife Coast and Countryside Trust; with details on the link below! Book in advance, places are £5 for adults and £2.50 for kids which is well worth it as there are a few nice surprises in store...

www.fife.gov.uk/events/index.cfm

All details upon phoning (most of htem are here anyway). the Hill walks start at 20:30 except West Lomond which starts at 19:30 (and is hte most challenging and with which I am helping). So if you can manage a trip to Fife next wekk please come along if you can. Each hill has its own lore (which hopefully the rangers know, I certainly know the ranger who's doing Norman's Law knows a corker of a story!).

Event will finish about 10:30 or thereabouts so it's not too late, but please bring GOOD footwear and clothing, and prepare for the weather/cold etc, and an electric torch as well for the descent. All this is provided for, but extra light never hurts!

Feel free to advertise on the website, even though it might be a bit late now, but hopefully I'll see some of you there.

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They sound rather good

They sound rather good Urisk.  We'll see what we do to try and promote them a little for you.

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hey thanks Ian! If you can

hey thanks Ian! If you can make it yourself we'd be more than happy to have you here and you could even manage to plug the site to any memebrs of the public.

Much appreciated! If you do plan on coming Ian let me know and I can pay your fee in return for any promotion you provide.

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Urisk wrote: hey thanks
Urisk wrote:

hey thanks Ian! If you can make it yourself we'd be more than happy to have you here and you could even manage to plug the site to any memebrs of the public.

Well I do have to be in Scotland that Saturday and Sunday, but I would struggle to get there in time to catch the walks.  Hmm.......I'll give it some thought.

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Urisk - I've added details

Urisk - I've added details of your events to the events page on our front page.

Best of luck with that. I like fellwalking and would've been up for attending but I'm busy with work over Friday and Saturday. :-(

I'd certainly be interested to see some photos, though.

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Neil, thank you very much!

Neil, thank you very much! That is greatly appreciated! It's a pity you cannae make it, but I will try and take some good photos. I have a coupl of the process of building the torches, but there's a pretty bad one of myself, so that one might get withheld, haha.

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Well, sorry it's taken so

Well, sorry it's taken so long to report back on the event, there's really no excuse lol. I think next year any advertising should be done earlier in the year! lol. Oh well.

So anyways, I fired off a grand total of... 3... photos... which I can send to Ian if they would be deemed to be of any use. I've resized them to make them more manageable (abotu 25% actually, which makes them a fine size).

It went well, West Lomond had 8 people (although admittedly they were either employees or friends, oh dear), but the torches got lit and the Celtic stories flew- and we saw the flames upon East Lomond, and possibly on Craigluskar too. It was very windy and chuffing cold however! But definitely worth keeping an eye out for next year! If I'm not still under FCCT employment I will certainly be aiming for going! :) So next year with better marketing I'm sure it will be a great success!

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Will try and make it next

Will try and make it next year all being well.

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Hi Urisk, I am glad it  all

Hi Urisk, I am glad it  all went well.  I will definately try to make it next year, just give me a few months warning.  Why not submit an article about the evening with some photographs.  We'll gladly post it and next year we can also use it to help you advertise the 2010 event.

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 Good example of signalling

 Good example of signalling from one end of the country to almost the other. Wonder if anything like that was ever used in the Iron Age to warn of impending Romans?

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Agricola wrote:  Good
Agricola wrote:

 Good example of signalling from one end of the country to almost the other. Wonder if anything like that was ever used in the Iron Age to warn of impending Romans?

Makes sense to me, the Romans had signaling stations sometimes on top of Iron Age fortifications such as Eildon Hill www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/scotland/roxburghshire/ancient-sites/eildon-hill.html no reason why the Iron Age settlements would not, however would this depend on how friendly towards each other they were. Is there any evidence that tribes were unanimous in opposition to Roman invasions, if they thought they could get one up on their neighbouring tribes. I imagine its a lot more complicated depending on time period. 



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