An underground mural in Glasgow, a yew tree in Perthshire, a miner's cottage in an Edinburgh suburb and an eighteenth hole in the Highlands, have all been awarded a place in the Rare Find Report’ published by artisan distiller Glen Garioch.
A host of eminent experts, including legendary golf commentator Peter Allis, award winning film director Mark Cousins, TV antiques personality Anita Manning, and nature documentary presenter Simon King OBE have all revealed their favourite hidden gem destinations.
Lee Walker, Global Brand Manager at Beam Suntory, said: “"As a rare find in the whisky world, known only to a discerning band of malt enthusiasts, we've set out to unearth other little known Scottish secrets that people could enjoy".“
Peter Allis, widely known as the ‘voice of golf’, said: “"My rare find is the last hole at Durness, as far as you can go in Scotland. I did a programme from there -–great fun but you need a good day to play over the wee bay. Magic."”
Mark Cousins, director and film critic, said: “"My rare film find is a miner's cottage in the village of Newcraighall, south of Edinburgh. On its wall is a small plaque saying that Bill Douglas was raised there. Douglas directed the best Scottish films ever made, the Bill Douglas Trilogy, works of art that will last forever.”"
Other rare finds include:
•* Artwork - The Lillie Art Gallery, Station Road, Milngavie
Chosen by Dr Ken Neil, Head of Research at Glasgow School of Art
•* Curios - Alasdair Grey ceramic mural, Hillhead Underground Station, Glasgow
Chosen by Anita Manning, antiques expert and TV personality
•* Literature - Centre for Contemporary Arts bookshop, Glasgow
Chosen by Nick Brooks, author
•* Nature - The Fortingall Yew, Perthshire
Chosen by Ben Hoare, Features Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine
•* Fishing - Loch Knockie, Innerness-shire
Chosen by George Goldsmith, founder of George Goldsmith Sporting Estates
•* Surfing –- Thurso East
Chosen by Ed Temperley, founding editor of Magic Seaweed
•* Wildlife –- Cairngorms and Speyside
Chosen by Simon King OBE, TV nature documentary presenter and cameraman
•* Whisky –- Drumchork Lodge Hotel, Wester Ross
Chosen by Dominic Roskrow, whisky writer and director of The Craft Distillers' Alliance
Walker added: “"In Scotland's Year of Homecoming 2014, we've effectively created an off-beat trail of hidden gems, many of which will be news to seasoned locals let alone visiting tourists. If you're an arts, culture, nature or sports enthusiast, then this little collection of hand-picked treasures will hopefully prompt some happy exploring. And if you're a whisky drinker, it'd be remiss of me not to add in a tour of our wee Glen Garioch distillery in Oldmeldrum."