Posts tagged with "Scotland"

GLENFIDDICH by Betsy Kaplan via 360 Magazine

Glenfiddich Launches Collection of 3 Aged Expressions

The World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky Launches Collection of Three Exceptionally Aged Expressions, Bridging the Past with the Present 

Today, Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky launched its Time Re: Imagined collection in the U.S.: a first-ever, ultra-premium range of three extraordinary single malt Scotch whiskies, including Glenfiddich 30-Year-Old, 40-Year-Old, and 50-Year-Old

The remarkable range represents the pinnacle of Glenfiddich’s signature distillery style, with each of the three liquids maturing over decades to develop richness and depth of flavor that is rarely encountered. Since the 1960s, just three Glenfiddich Malt Masters have been at the helm, overseeing and nurturing the patient development of these precious casks through various climatic conditions. 

Each expression, alongside artistically developed outer packaging, encapsulates the maverick spirit known to the brand and celebrates moments of time relative to their production. The rarest within the Time Re:Imagined Collection, the 50-Year-Old, portrays Simultaneous Time, exploring theparallel and complex conditions that have influenced the liquid. Glenfiddich’s 40-Year-Old represents Cumulative Time, drawing attention to the layers of accumulated flavor, made possible via the remnant vatting process, first pioneered by the brand. Completing the Collection is the 30-Year-Old, embodying Suspended Time – representing the moment when the Malt Master suspends the development of the whisky, showcasing the purest expression of the distiller’s character. 

“In whisky production, we often talk about the role of Malt Masters, and it is our responsibility to find the delicate balance between the taste of the whisky and the intensity of the oak cask,” says Brian Kinsman, Malt Master, Glenfiddich. “But we don’t always acknowledge how each cask, each bottle, is absolutely unique because of the time it has spent maturing. Both nature and time play huge roles in making whisky taste like it does, and Glenfiddich’s Time Re:Imaginedpays homage to this process and the exquisite liquid both time helps to create.”

Lorne Cousin, U.S. National Ambassador, Glenfiddich, said: “Glenfiddich was founded on groundbreaking and innovative principles in 1887 and the independent spirit of the brand shines through in these liquids.” Allan Roth, U.S. Ambassador, Glenfiddich, added: “The quality of the collection not only evokes the time and care gone into nurturing these expressions to create incredible flavor, but is also a tribute to the events that have helped shape the taste of each cask over time.” 

Kevin Canchola, U.S. Ambassador, Glenfiddich, shared: “The extremely rare 50-Year-Old is a beautiful testament to the Glenfiddich Malt Masters’ work over five decades.” “It is an extraordinarily rare and precious liquid, which delivers a superb balance of oak tannin and lingering sweetness,” David Allardice, U.S. Ambassador, Glenfiddich, concluded.

To create the complex flavor of the rarest in the collection – the Glenfiddich 50-Year- Old – whiskies from three different American Oak refill casks, all matured in the same warehouse, were married together and finished in an American Oak refill cask for two years. There are only 220 decanters of this astounding expression, making it an extremely precious and sought-after collectors’ item. 

The Time Re: Imagined Collection is now available in limited quantities in the U.S. at suggested retail prices of $1,299, $4,600 , and $50,000 for the Glenfiddich 30-Year-Old, 40-Year-Old, and 50-Year-Oldrespectively.

Time Re:Imagined Product Details (Tasting Notes + Packaging Information)

  • Glenfiddich 30-Year-Old (Aged 30 Years –  43% ABV) 

Color: Rich bronze

Nose: An exquisitely structured balance of hearty oak married with sweet, subtle sherry notes

Taste: Deep, woody flavors interlaced with delicate floral accents, in a complex combination

Finish: Warm, honeyed and exceptionally long-lasting

Suspended Time: The 30-Year-Old depicts the moment when Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, suspends the whisky’s maturation to bottle it, capturing the whisky at the precise moment in time, a perfect expression, preserved for all eternity. 

Packaging: The outer packaging design showcases moving ribbons, each one frozen to form elegant cut-out windows, revealing the regal decanter inside. With the moment of maturation captured in all its splendor, the dynamic lines and complex structure create an illusion that the bottle is suspended effortlessly, in mid-air, suspended in time.  

   

  • SRP: $1,299.00Glenfiddich 40-Year-Old (Aged 40 Years –  44.6% ABV)

Color: Dark mahogany

Nose: A deeply layered expression of dried fruits, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and ripe black cherries – completed with subtle waves of gentle wood smoke, polished leather and cloves

Taste: A luxuriously full and silky smooth taste, with memories of past releases in every nuanced note; Evolving from deep dried fruit notes to rich fruitcake, dates, raisins and stewed apples, before giving way to dry oaky notes, with subtle hints of bitter chocolate and peat

Finish: Complex, memorable, and exquisitely long-lasting

Cumulative Time: The 40-Year-Old is a bold, maverick representation of remnant vatting – a pioneering process, only used by Glenfiddich’s Distillery, where the remnants of the previous batch are carried over and married with the casks selected for each subsequent release.

Packaging: The outer packaging design brings layers of transforming flavors to life with a bold and maverick take on a geological metamorphosis. The decanter is housed in a stunning sculptural container and stopper made from jesmonite – a material with individual characteristics that render every piece completely unique. The vessel truly embodies the evolution of one thing becoming another, with dramatic grooves carved into the stone-like material, that expose the intertwining veins flowing through it. 

    SRP: $4,600.00

  • Glenfiddich 50-Year-Old (Aged 50 Years –  43.8% ABV) 

Color: Antique gold

Nose: Rich orange peel and clementine meet complex notes of Madeira cake and muscovado sugar; Scents mature over time into the dewy petrichor of a Dufftown morning, mingling with flowering geranium

Taste:  A lingering sweetness softens into deep, silky smooth oak tannin and sun-dried vanilla

Finish:  Oaky, sweet and incredibly long lasting

Simultaneous Time: The 50-Year-Old explores complex conditions that have influenced the whisky, including air pressure, temperature and humidity, as the nature of maturation changes alongside these conditions. Hot summers speed up the maturation process and cold winters slow it down – dramatically affecting the outcome of the liquid and lending itself to the whisky’s unique taste.

Packaging: The outer casing is an artistic representation of the climatic data that created this extraordinary whisky. Manuel Jiménez García, a computational architect, decrypted the meteorological data into an algorithm, and generated a physical design language to build the structure’s bespoke form – bringing life to every second of every day, of every month of those 50 years.

SRP: $50,000.00

ABOUT GLENFIDDICH

Founded in Dufftown, Scotland by innovator William Grant, Glenfiddich first ran from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887. Adopting revolutionary methods and practices Grant’s maverick attitude to whisky production saw Glenfiddich excel for over a hundred and thirty years, becoming the first single malt whisky to be promoted outside of Scotland, and ultimately, the best-selling and most awarded single malt whisky in the world*. While Glenfiddich is now sold in over 180 countries across the world, the brand is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family-owned and is still produced in the same distillery which William Grant and his children hand-built.

ABOUT WILLIAM GRANT & SONS

William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third-largest blended Scotch, Grant’s®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, and Drambuie® Scotch Liqueur. 

Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest-growing spirits portfolios in the US with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Milagro Tequila, Fistful of Bourbon, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Flor de Caña Rum, The Knot, and Raynal French Brandy.

For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.williamgrantusa.com

ABOUT MANUEL JIMENEZ GARCIA

Manuel Jimenez García is the co-founder and principal of madMdesign, a computational design practice based in London, co-founder of the robotic manufacturing and design brand Nagami, based in Avila, Spain, and co-founder of Automated Architecture Ltd (AuAr), a design-tech automation company based in London. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Canada´s Design Museum (Toronto), The Design Museum (London), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (London), Philadelphia Museum of Art and Clerkenwell Design Week (London).

Manuel is heavily influenced by the data-driven forms found in nature and this is reflected in his collaborations with brands including BMW, Audi, Jimmy Choo, Dior and British Fashion Council. He is known for creating algorithms and modeling forms that not only represent nature, but also abstract it into new creations that emerge between the natural and artificial, featuring shapes previously inconceivable without computational design and digital manufacturing.

For more information and purchasing details, visit https://www.glenfiddich.com/ or on social channels @glenfiddichUS

Skilfully Crafted, Enjoy Responsibly. Glenfiddich ©2022 Imported by William Grant & Sons, Inc. New York, NY

American Cask via Borders Distillery for use by 360 Magazine

Spirits Network × Borders Distillery

Spirits Network, the digital streaming platform where spirits enthusiasts can learn directly from industry experts while purchasing premium product, is pleased to announce their exclusive offering of 1,000 private Scotch Whisky casks in partnership with The Borders Distillery of Scotland.

The ownership of each cask includes a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) that will feature an image of The Borders Distillery or the surrounding area of the Scottish Borders. This NFT also entitles cask owners to a bottle from the first ever bottling of Borders Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the first from the region since 1837. Once ready for release, American Cask customers will have their Borders Distillery spirit bottled and shipped to their homes.

John Fordyce, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Borders Distillery states: “We are delighted to partner with Spirits Network for this one-of-a-kind offer. There is great interest in owning your own cask to celebrate anniversaries, graduations, engagements, and special moments. Spirits Network is bringing the Borders Distillery to America, a first.”

Nick Buzzell, Spirits Network CEO, adds: “During this time when so many are striving to become more involved in owning or making their own spirits, we are thrilled to partner with the renowned Borders Distillery to offer this exclusive experience to Spirits Network members.”  

Please find more images of Borders Distillery HERE, or watch Spirits Network‘s latest episode of Barrel Select with John Fordyce in Scotland.

How The Program Works*:

  • Click HERE to register and sign up for an account with Spirits Network.
  • One cask: $3,600.
  • Choose when to fill the cask:
    Spring – Memorial Day Week
    Summer – Independence Day Week
    Autumn – Labor Day Week
    Winter – Thanksgiving week
  • All data is stored in the USA and all payments are made in the USA.
  • After filling, owners will have access to an exclusive app where proprietary technology allows owners to track the evolution of their cask.
  • Owners will be invited by the Distillery to design a personalized label, and once bottled the Scotch Whisky will be sent to the USA under bond. Local taxes will apply. The Distillery estimates that each cask will yield somewhere between 240 and 270 bottles of 70cl at 92% Proof.
  • When visiting Scotland, American cask owners receive complimentary distillery tours and tastings hosted by The Borders Distillery’s expert distilling team.
  • Ten years of insurance and warehousing in Scotland is included in the purchase price. 

About Spirits Network

Spirits Network is a community of engaging spirits experts and enthusiasts, creating meaningful connections through original, shoppable video programming. Through the platform, members can engage with and purchase from the top players defining the spirits business, as well as access exclusive products, gifts, and experiences. Launched in 2019, Spirits Network offers shoppable streaming video programming on any device.

Joy Crookes' Skin via Epic Records for use by 360 Magazine

Joy Crookes – Skin

BRIT Award nominated singer/songwriter Joy Crookes releases her highly anticipated debut album, Skin.  The 13 track body of work includes previously releases singles, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” “When You Were Mine,” “Skin,” and the newest, “Trouble.” Get it HERE via Epic Records/Insanity.

With Crookes credited as an executive producer on the album, alongside the formidable Blue May (Blood Orange), Skin is a hugely personal, game-changing body of work from one of the UK’s boldest and brightest young talents. A collection of songs built and honed throughout her adolescence and into her early twenties, and finished last year within the most turbulent of circumstances, Skin touches on topics such as mental health, relationships, and politics all with grace and sensitivity. Crookes has created a truly special body of work that is both perfectly of the moment, and entirely timeless. Skin’s album artwork is shot by Carlota Guerrero, who has previously worked with Arca, Chloe x Halle, and Solange for all of her imagery for A Seat At The Table.

Already, the album has garnered Crookes a massive amount of acclaim worldwide. British Vogue has dubbed her, “undoubtedly one of the most exciting artists to emerge in the music scene this year,” while The Guardian has praised her “effortlessly nuanced and individual melodic sensibility.” I-D has praised her music as “powerful” while Complex has noted her “soul-stirring vocals,” and Billboard has similarly highlighted her “unfaltering vocal performance.”  The New York Times in a recent profile may have summed up Skin best:  “Crookes offers listeners a nuanced and candid exploration of her multiracial identity. At a time when many conversations about race in the arts and calls for change have only recently begun, Crookes’ commitment to vulnerability in her storytelling has helped her connect with a growing—and loyal—fan base.” 

Up next, Joy Crookes will tour the UK later this year in celebration of the new album; the run kicks off in November in Brighton and extends into next year when she will take the tour to Europe. Full list of dates below.

UK Dates

11/6/21 Brighton, England Concorde 2 SOLD OUT

11/7/21 Bristol, England The Trinity Centre SOLD OUT

11/8/21 London, England O2 Forum Kentish Town SOLD OUT

11/9/21 London, England O2 Forum Kentish Town SOLD OUT

11/11/21 Dublin, Republic of Ireland The Academy SOLD OUT

11/15/21 Glasgow, Scotland St Luke’s SOLD OUT

11/17/21 Leeds, England Leeds University Stylus

11/18/21 Birmingham, England The O2 Institute

 

European Dates

2/10/22 Paris, France La Gaîté Lyrique SOLD OUT

2/11/22 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg SOLD OUT

2/12/22 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique SOLD OUT

2/14/22 Cologne, Germany Gebaude 9

2/15/22 Munich, Germany Strom

2/17/22 Berlin, Germany Heimathafen Neukoelln

2/18/22 Hamburg, Germany The Stage Club

2/20/22 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset

2/21/22 Helsinki, Finland Tavastia Club

2/22/22 Oslo, Norway Parkteatret

2/23/22 Stockholm, Sweden Nalen Klubb

2/25/22 Warsaw, Poland Hybrydy

2/26/22 Zurich, Switzerland Exil Club

Wilderness Scotland - New Winter Itineraries 2022 illustration by Anh Hoang use by 360 Magazine

Wilderness Scotland – New Winter Itineraries 2022

Wilderness Scotland Announces New Winter Itineraries for 2022 

Scotland’s #1 adventure travel company is inviting eager travelers to experience stunning scenery, fresh crisp days, cozy nights, and a slower pace.

Crisp fall days and winter frost are around the corner, and travelers are already planning their seasonal getaways. Winter trips are invigorating, spacious, and wild; they awaken a true sense of discovery. Wilderness Scotland has the perfect set of new winter holidays to inspire slow winter travel to help guests disconnect from the everyday and reconnect with nature.

Boasting spectacular views of the moody Orkney Islands, breathtaking drives through the Cairngorms National Park, skiing in secret places favoured by locals, and wildlife sightings in the Abernethy National Nature Reserve; Wilderness Scotland unveils these carefully curated experiences for travelers to enjoy within the vast and expansive landscape, where fresh air and space compliment exciting adventures. Days are spent soaking in the expanse of Scotland’s natural, idyllic vistas, and evenings melt away at a dreamy pace in cozy pubs, sitting next to crackling fires with a warm drink or glass of Royal Lochnagar whisky.

Wilderness Scotland’s small group and private departures layout an unparalleled path to discovering the tranquility and beauty of a Scottish winter while being warmed by the country’s exuberant spirit and affectionate hospitality.

Here is a sampling of Wilderness Scotland’s winter departures:

Ski The Scottish Highlands

While it may not be the first destination that comes to mind, you can ski in Scotland and when it’s good, it’s really good. While Scotland makes no claim to compete with the Alps, it can offer a fantastic winter experience both on and off the mountain. If you have a sense of adventure, are flexible and simply enjoy being in the mountains you will be delighted by winter skiing in Scotland.

Trip Highlights:

Ski multiple Scottish resorts

Ski the secret places favored by locals

Relax and enjoy as your hosts take care of all the details

Enjoy the warm hospitality of the Highlands

Winter in the Orkney Isles 

Winter is a spectacular and invigorating time to visit Orkney. Moody skies, crashing waves against stoic cliffs and salty gusts carrying the taste of the sea through this ancient landscape. Winter is the perfect time to escape and be recharged by the unbridled power and majesty of nature. Outside the traditional tourist season, you’ll enjoy the company of locals – hardy wildlife and welcoming people.

Trip Highlights:

Invigorating wild weather walks with sweeping coastal views

Experience the natural and cultural heritage of these special islands

Enjoy Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce

Winter Highland Cosy Cairngorms

Imagine snuggling up together with a warming dram, the crackling fire chasing the last of the icy outdoor air away. After a day outside exploring the charms of a Highland winter, you have definitely earned this. Embrace the stillness of the winter landscapes, the rich smell of the evergreen pine forests, the sparkle of ice crystals, and cracking of frozen puddles under your feet. As you explore the Cairngorms National Park you may catch rewarding glimpses of the local wildlife wearing their winter coats and see the star-strewn skies that seem to go on forever.

Trip Highlights:

Hiking in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park with an expert guide

Relax in luxurious 5-star hotels

Gaze at the endless stars in the clear winter night skies

Enjoy rejuvenating treatments in the spa

Customize the itinerary to create your perfect trip

For information on price, inclusions, and available dates, click here.

Images are available here: Winter Walking & Winter Highland Cosy Cairngorms.

For more information on Wilderness Scotland’s reopening, experiences, and booking policies, please visit wildernessscotland.com or call 1-844-235-6240.

For details on Wilderness Scotland’s Travel Planning and Advice in response to Covid-19, please click here

wilderness scotland image for use by 360 magazine

Wilderness Scotland Welcomes Back American Travelers

Scotland’s #1 adventure travel company will once again share the magnificence and awe of Scotland with American visitors.

The Scottish government has announced that it is welcoming American travelers back to experience the spectacular scenery, pristine wilderness, and distinct culture of Scotland. As of Monday, August 2nd, fully vaccinated tourists from the United States were again permitted to visit, what many consider, one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Fully vaccinated travelers from the US and much of Europe will no longer be required to self-isolate upon arrival, and a PCR test on day eight will not be necessary. Travelers must still produce a negative test prior to departure, and a negative PCR test on day two after arrival.

In addition to welcoming back American travelers, the Scottish government has announced that as of August 9th, legal requirements for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be lifted, and that all venues across Scotland will be able to re-open. Although some protective measures will remain in place, this announcement indicates a significant return to normalcy, and a milestone moment for Scotland.

Scotland’s top adventure and wilderness travel company, Wilderness Scotland, has been eagerly anticipating this news for months, and is beyond thrilled at the announcements. 

We are celebrating! We can once again invite American adventurers to experience the magnificence, beauty, and spirit of Scotland,” says Stevie Christie, Wilderness Scotland, Head of Adventure. “We understand that for many this will be their first trip away from home in almost two years, and their first opportunity to reconnect with the joy of traveling and tranquility of nature. We are committed to ensuring our guests feel completely at ease, and to making their return to travel experience truly memorable.”

Over the past year, Wilderness Scotland has worked closely with the Scottish government to ensure their policies and procedures align with all Covid-19 regulations. Travelers can expect to experience award-winning service, stunning scenery, spectacular stays, carefully crafted adventures, and the fresh air of Scotland’s great outdoors.

If you’re a solo traveler, couple, or small group looking for the perfect return to travel adventure, Wilderness Scotland invites you to join one of their 2021 or 2022 active tours. Here is a sampling of Wilderness Scotland’s autumn and spring departures:

Wilderness Walking Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside

Explore a region named by National Geographic as one of the 50 Must Visit Places on Earth. On this walking holiday, enjoy some of the best and easiest hikes in the Cairngorms National Park. Explore Strathspey, Royal Deeside, and Highland Perthshire on a two-center circumnavigation of Scotland’s largest National Park. There is a huge variety of possible hikes to choose from but wherever you venture, enjoy the fantastic scenery, sense of wilderness and rich history and heritage. Visit a whisky distillery, a 13th century Highland Castle, and a wildlife reserve on this memorable walking holiday

Trip Highlights:

  • Hike on ancient whisky smugglers’ trails and visit Scotland’s first licensed whisky distillery.
  • Discover the majesty of the deep glens, clear rivers, and wild lochs on expertly guided walks.
  • Enjoy the huge variety of wildlife to be found in the Cairngorms National Park.

Wildlife Adventures Outer Hebrides & St Kilda

On this trip we will explore the Outer Hebrides far off Scotland’s west coast, discovering its abundant wildlife, including some of the rarest wildlife to be found in Scotland. Your knowledgeable guide will help you spot wildlife and provide a fascinating insight into the rich tapestry of island life. You’ll look out for eagles, basking sharks, whales, and dolphins, as well the rich flora of the islands found in the famous coastal ‘machairs.’ Staying in a charming lodge accommodation with delicious food, this special trip provides a memorable insight into the wildlife of these wild and beautiful islands.

Trip Highlights:

  • Journey to the wild Atlantic Island of St Kilda.
  • Look for otters, red deer and golden eagles on the Isle of Harris.
  • Discover the varied birdlife living on the soaring cliffs at the Butt of Lewis.

Wilderness Walking The West Highland Way

Joining a West Highland Way guided walking holiday allows you to fully appreciate the stunning scenery, learn about the area’s history and legends, as well as identify the flora and fauna along the route.

Trip Highlights:

  • Take on the challenge of Scotland’s most famous and one of the world’s iconic long-distance trails – the West Highland Way.
  • With the knowledge and experience of an expert guide, learn about the area’s history and legends, as well as the flora and fauna along the route.
  • Immerse yourself in the landscape as you walk through the beautiful landscapes of Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.

For more information on Wilderness Scotland’s reopening, experiences and booking policies, please visit wildernessscotland.com.

For details on Wilderness Scotland’s Travel Planning and Advice in response to Covid-19, please click here.

About Wilderness Scotland
Wilderness Scotland, established in 2001, is rated Europe’s No.1 Rated Adventure Travel Company by National Geographic and is Scotland’s only five-star accredited adventure tour operator. In 2012, its outpost Wilderness Ireland was launched, and the launch of Wilderness England followed in 2020. Offering an unrivalled range of small-group departures, self-guided trips and custom vacations, Wilderness Scotland, Wilderness Ireland, and Wilderness England lead the way in active and nature-based travel to the remote and wild corners of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. Popular outdoor experiences include hiking, road cycling and kayaking. Wildlife, cultural, photography and sailing adventures are also available.

Wilderness Scotland image given by Grace Russel for use by 360 MAGAZINE.

Wilderness Scotland Welcomes Back International Travelers

Scotland’s wide-open and pristine wilderness has been a haven for Scottish locals to safely recharge during this time of social distancing and closed borders. Now Wilderness Scotland, Scotland’s #1 adventure travel company, is eager to welcome back international travelers to explore Scotland’s spectacular scenery and remote landscapes. While the borders may still be closed, increased vaccination rates in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, and elsewhere, and downgraded travel advisories are building anticipation of an impending return to travel.

The adventure travel company has spent the past year refining their immersive adventure and cultural experiences and their new Scotland is Yours campaign is focused on a return to travel and the chance to once again welcome visitors.

International travelers can begin planning their journeys to explore Scotland, from Cairngorms National Park to Outer Hebrides & St. Kilda. Wilderness Scotland will be ready to welcome travelers when it’s safe to do so and has many new and classic 2021 and 2022 adventures to choose from.

“The Scottish wilderness is defined by wide-open spaces, serene landscapes and plenty of room to stretch out. It is the ideal place for visitors to reengage their senses, reawaken their soul and reconnect with people and places after so much time apart,” says Stevie Christie, Wilderness Scotland Head of Adventure. “At Wilderness Scotland we are committed to safely welcoming visitors back to make sure their first trip away from home in over a year is as rewarding and memorable as it is safe and secure.”

To make booking easy, Wilderness Scotland offers flexible booking options, including lifetime deposits, as well as postponement and cancellation options. In the great outdoors little has changed over the last year, however, the trip experience has also been adapted to meet this moment in travel, with procedures following government advice, as well as guidance from the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Wild Scotland, the trade association for active and nature-based travel in the country.

Wilderness Scotland’s most popular return to travel trips (so far):

Inquiries and bookings are certainly on the rise, with travelers showing the most interest in classic, bucket list experiences in Scotland’s furthest reaches such as the Orkney Islands in the far north. The adventure travel company’s newly launched 2021 adventures, which have been carefully crafted to make lifelong memories for this return to travel, are also of high interest for new travel bookings. Here is a sampling of Wilderness Scotland’s most in-demand trips in 2021 so far:

New for 2021! Road Cycling Scotland’s National Parks 

On this trip, you’ll discover the best routes through the mountains and alongside lochs and rivers. Ride past ancient castles, standing stones and other fascinating monuments to Scotland’s rich history. As one of the UK’s best destinations for food and drink, every meal is a highlight and you’ll be sure of the warmest of welcomes in the local places we’ll visit along the way.

Trip Highlights:

  • Journey between Scotland’s National Parks on some of the best cycle routes in the UK
  • Ride through beautiful mountains, lochs and rivers on superbly scenic and quiet roads
  • The best of Highland hospitality in locally-owned hotels, restaurants and pubs

For information on price, inclusions and available dates, click here.

The Orkney Islands are an archipelago of some 70 small islands and skerries (reef or rocky islands) due north of the Scottish mainland and renowned for their history and local food and drink. Walking the Orkney Islands means seeing the ancient landscapes, rare flora such as the Scottish Primrose Primula and spectacularly weathered sea cliffs with some of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Isles, slowly, up close and in vivid detail.

Trip Highlights:

  • Discover wild walks, ancient landscapes and rugged sea cliffs on the walking holiday of a lifetime
  • Experience the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Orkneys in the company of our knowledgeable guides
  • Enjoy Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce at our stylish accommodation in a historic guest house

For information on price, inclusions and available dates, click here.

Joining a West Highland Way guided walking holiday allows you to fully appreciate the stunning scenery, learn about the area’s history and legends, as well as identify the flora and fauna along the route.

Trip Highlights:

  • Take on the challenge of Scotland’s most famous and one of the world’s iconic long distance trails – the West Highland Way
  • Immerse yourself in the landscape as you walk through the beautiful landscapes of Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe

For information on price, inclusions and available dates, click here.

For more information on Wilderness Scotland’s reopening, experiences and booking policies, please visit www.wildernessscotland.com or call 1-844-235-6240.

For details on Wilderness Scotland’s Travel Planning and Advice in response to Covid-19, please click here.

business illustration by Rita Azar for 360 Magazine

KILT VS TROUSERS – A LONG BATTLE

Are you confused about what you should wear at the next Scottish event you attend? Well, you are at the right place. Here, you will find everything that you need to know before the event regarding kilts for men and trousers. Many Scottish men point out that real men should put on kilts, but younger generations may be more flexible in their wardrobe choices. For example, Jaden Smith is known to rock a kilt on occasion. Of course, the choice differs from person to person–not all of us like the same food, do we? No! Similarly, some may like the kilt and others prefer trousers. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each, so that you can decide which is most appropriate to wear for your upcoming event.

Men’s Kilts

A kilt is among the earliest and most popular types of Scottish apparel. Men, and even kings, have worn kilts since hundreds of years ago; and they are still a popular part of Scottish culture today. Many men and women–even those who are not located in Scotland–wear kilts as they are a comfortable and versatile part of their wardrobe. So, let’s see exactly why they love wearing kilts so much.

Trousers/Pants

Everyone prefers wearing pants–until the first time they try wearing a kilt for a day. Pants are everywhere in modern fashion, because according to the modern generation, kilts are considered very girlish. We have simply accepted trousers, but the following discussion is going to make pant-wearers reconsider their thoughts.

Comparing Kilts & Trousers

1- Comfort

No matter if you’re wearing a traditional Scottish kilt or a modern utility kilt, it will make you feel pleasantly surprised by its comfortability. In comparison, trousers make you feel bunched up  and limit your movements. Compared to the limited movements trousers allow, your legs get complete freedom to move in kilts.

2- Keeps You Cool in Summer

Kilts keep you cool when the weather is hot, but you may not realize this until you compare wearing both kilts and trousers in the hot climate. You’ll feel your legs drenched in sweat in trousers, whereas kilts keep you unbelievably cool, if you choose the fabric accordingly. When it comes to choosing the most breathable and summer-friendly kilt fabric, you should avoid heavy wool that’s used for traditional Scottish or Irish kilts. Instead, try a sport utility kilt made from a lightweight cotton blend for the most breathable feel.

3. Time Limitation

You can’t wear the same pair of trousers you run errands in to go to a formal event, can you? No! Unlike trousers, there’s no such limitation with the kilts. You can wear kilts anywhere and anytime, as long as you pair it with the appropriate accessories and shoes.

4. In Terms of Health

According to the Scottish Medical Journal, men who wear kilts regularly show better sperm quality and fertility when they plan to have a child. Although there’s not a lot of research-based scientific evidence on the topic, it can be something to be considered.

5. Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

Surprisingly, men’s kilts can have positive effects on men’s mental health, making them feel an improved sense of masculinity and pride. According to the Scottish Medical Journal, psychological benefits like these can help men feel more confident. Kilts give men the confidence they need to achieve their personal, as well as relationship, goals. Kilts may help men grow as a person. If you’re suffering from a lack of confidence, I’d suggest you try wearing a kilt–you may be surprised by the positive changes.

Benefits of the Kilt

●      Adjustable fit: kilts allow you to adjust their size according to natural body changes and/or preferred comfortability.

●      No bunching & bending: No more bunching and bending in clothing material will allow you to feel relaxed and free.

●      Keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter: Kilts can keep you cool in summer and maintain your body heat in winter, depending on the fabric. Especially in the summers, kilts can help make a hot summer’s day even more fun. Kilts are a perfect choice for any weather.

●      Health: The design of kilts provide the most breathable option for an outfit. The ventilation helps keep your private parts’ temperature regulated, which can lead to higher sperm counts and higher fertility. A kilt also looks attractive­­, which will keep your partners’ attention on you and, in turn, helps maintaining your relationship goals.

Benefits of Wearing Trousers

●      Trousers are appropriate in all situations. We cannot deny the fact that kilts can be inappropriate to wear in some specific places (usually due to religious or cultural differences,) so trousers come to the rescue.

●      Freedom of movement: Just in case you have to stand on your head, there is no risk of indecent exposure with your trousers, unlike kilts.

●      Keep your calves warm: Long pants cover your calves. We can’t deny the fact that trousers beat out kilts when it comes to keeping your calves warm.

●      Health: An advantage of trouser is that long pants can keep your legs safe from harmful UV rays.

Conclusion

No one can tell whether kilts or trousers are better, as it differs from person to person. In my opinion, it shouldn’t matter which you choose, but you should consider trying on both garments. If you haven’t at least tried a kilt before, you should give it a shot. Once you do, it is likely that you may never want to turn back. In the end, whichever makes you feel more comfortable, confident, and happy is what you should wear. 

The Fratellis Announce Global Music Competition

MULTI-PLATINUM AWARD-WINNING SCOTTISH ROCK BAND THE FRATELLIS ANNOUNCE GLOBAL MUSIC COMPETITION TO GIVE AN UP-AND-COMING ARTIST OR BAND THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

WITH COVID-19 HAVING SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ARTS; THE FRATELLIS PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THE MUSIC COMMUNITY AT A TIME WHEN IT NEEDS IT THE MOST

Multi-platinum, award-winning Scottish rock band, The Fratellis, announced their global music competition on October 19, to give one unknown music artist or band a platform to accelerate their path to stardom. This once-in-a-lifetime prize features a studio session to record the artist or band’s winning single, which will be mixed by The Fratellis’ producer/mixer, Tony Hoffer (Angels & Airwaves, Fitz and the Tantrums, Elle King); and a chance to win a worldwide deal to release a single with Cooking Vinyl records.The winner will also get the opportunity to work with The Fratellis themselves, including one-on-one time with the band through an online masterclass, and a money-can’t-buy slot on a virtual upcoming Fratellis gig (date TBA).

To get involved, upcoming talent are invited to submit their tracks via @Vype_worldwide Instagram page, with both the shortlist and the final selection being chosen by The Fratellis themselves. The entire experience will be professionally marketed, including the creation of a music video of the unknown talent’s record. A behind-the-scenes style video with The Fratellis will also be shared across The Fratellis’ and Vype’s social channels for the world to see.  The competition is live from October 19-28, and applicants must read the T&Cs (+ Privacy Notice) before getting started. The winner will be chosen on November 2.  Watch the full commercial HERE.

“We’re proud to be working with Vype to give a new artist the chance to work with some of the most talented professionals in the music industry…and The Fratellis! Getting our first proper single released through a big label was a huge deal for us so it will be exciting to help a new artist achieve this milestone and hopefully see them go on to have a long career in music,” says The Fratellis.

The Fratellis are a multi-platinum Scottish rock band from Glasgow, formed in 2005, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli, bassist and backing vocalist Barry Fratelli, and drummer and backing vocalist Mince Fratelli. The Fratellis recently announced their sixth studio album titled Half Drunk Under a Full Moon, to be released on April 9, 2021, alongside the launch of a UK and European tour. The album features the single, “Six Days In June,” which released earlier this year. A theatrical blast of pop joy, “Six Days In June” swings on brass, kick-drum and features Jon Fratelli’s trademark falsetto vocals. Listen to “Six Days In June” HERE.

Success came quickly to The Fratellis, who formed in Glasgow in 2005.  Arriving a year later, their debut album, Costello Music, which contained the globe-conquering hit “Chelsea Dagger,” quickly went double-platinum and led to The Fratellis winning the Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act in 2007. A successful second album, Here We Stand, followed in 2008, but this whirlwind of success came at a cost, and by the end of the decade the trio were forced into indefinite hiatus, burned out from their relentless life on the road.

Since reforming in 2012, The Fratellis have been on a continuous upward trajectory, finding themselves enjoying a more sustainable type of success. They have steadily regained their live following thanks to a new generation of Fratellis fans all over the world. Half Drunk Under A Full Moon finds the trio entering their third decade at ease with who they are and where they are: a band who have not only survived but thrived, and are currently making the best, most confident, most ambitious music of their career.

Annie Lennox Christmas Album Artwork

Annie Lennox – A Christmas Cornucopia

One of the most successful, iconic and revered artists in pop music history, Annie Lennox is in the spotlight once again. Today, singer Annie Lennox announces she is releasing a digitally remastered version of her sixth solo album, A Christmas Cornucopia.

This wonderful collection of inspired interpretations of traditional festive songs will be released via Island Records on November 20th to mark the album’s 10-year anniversary. With this remastered edition, the album will feature a brand new unreleased track, “Dido’s Lament” and new artwork across the vinyl, CD, and digital formats.

According to Annie, “I’m absolutely delighted to be releasing the 10th Anniversary of A Christmas Cornucopia. 2020 has been an unprecedented year around the world… The carols on this album represent continuum –  harking back to a time before modern technology, climate emergency, global pandemics, pollution, forest destruction, species extinction and all the challenges our world must urgently deal with in terms of crisis in sustainability. I hope this recording will at least offer some comfort and nostalgia, but also an awareness that political leaders, religious leaders and everyone around the world must face up to the question of how many more Christmases we have left to spend on this blighted earth.”

The newest addition to the track list, “Dido’s Lament,” was written by Henry Purcell in the 17th century and arranged by Annie Lennox and Mike Stevens. This song references the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas as documented in Virgil’s legendary epic poem, “The Aeneid.” The release of this track will be accompanied by a music video.

This album will do more than just get listeners in the holiday spirit, it will also help people around the world. All proceeds earned from Annie’s original composition on the album, “Universal Child”, will be paid to The Annie Lennox Foundation. The Annie Lennox Foundation raises money for various charitable projects, primarily those supporting and educating women and children in Africa and people with HIV/Hepatitis C in Scotland.

Vibrant but vintage, classic and contemporary, glorious but with a polemical edge, Annie Lennox’s A Christmas Cornucopia is no ordinary collection of seasonal songs. Pre-order the re-issue of Annie’s Christmas classics here and prepare to be comforted by your favorite festive tracks.

Follow Annie Lennox: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go

Lewis Capaldi‘s hit song “Before You Go” finally hit No. 1 Monday on Mediabase‘s Top 40 and Billboard‘s Pop Songs and All Format Radio Songs charts.

Its 36-week climb to the top of Mediabase’s Top 40 and 37-week climb to the top of Billboard’s Pop Songs chart are the longest of both respective lists. The previous record was a 31-week climb up the Billboard Pop Chart set by “Eastside,” the 2018 hit from Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid.

Capaldi also joins Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Bruno Mars as the only artists to reach No. 1 with each of their first two entries, as “Someone You Loved” reached No. 1 in Dec. 2019.

“Before You Go” was first released Nov. 2019 on the extended version of Capaldi’s album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.” Since then it has done nothing but grow and spread, even cracking a billion streams.

Capaldi said “Before You Go” is about his aunt who died of suicide, also calling it the most honest and personal song he has ever written.

“It’s about loss, regrets and the fear that we sometimes never understand what someone is going through despite our best want to be everything that person needs,” Capaldi said.

Capaldi picked up a GRAMMY nomination for his song “Someone You Loved” and performed “Before You Go” at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards where he was nominated for PUSH Best New Artist.

Instead of taking time to sit back and enjoy praise from outlets like Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly, the Glasgow-born singer-songwriter is now working on his second album.