Frankie Miller (born Francis John Miller, 2 November 1949) is a Scottish rock singer
and vocalist who had success in the 1970s. Miller was raised at Colvend Street,
Barrowfield, Glasgow with his parents, Kathy and Frank, and elder sisters Letty and
He attended Sacred Heart Primary school . He was an altar boy in Sacred Heart Chapel.
also played football for the school team and Harmony Row Boys Club. He wrote for
performed with many influential recording artists and is best known for his album
House, the single Darlin' and his duet on Still in Love with You, with Phil Lynott.
In an article
published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1978 Bob Seger remarked that Miller, "was
influence" on him. He first became aware of the power of rock and R&B through his
collection. She had a fondness for Ray Charles while his sisters introduced him to
Richard and Elvis Presley. He identified instinctively, with Little Richard’s flamboyant
aggression, once saying "The music was alive, exciting, I loved it. I realised later
that I could
get my own aggression out through music. R&B and Soul Music, I just knew was what
loved". He started writing songs at the age of nine after being given a guitar by
and wrote "I Can't Change It" when he was just twelve years old, this song was later
recorded by Ray Charles.
For many people around the world, the Highlands 'are' Scotland, living up to their
picture-postcard images with majestic scenery, awesome wild places, towering mountains,
ancient pine forests and broad expanses of dark and shimmering loch. They are all
this, of course, and much more besides. Capital of the Highlands and the only major
urban centre in the region, Inverness is an obvious springboard for exploring more
remote areas - north to wind-lashed Cape Wrath, at the very northwest tip of the
mainland, with it sheer cliffs and sand-filled bays bearing the brunt of frequently
fierce Atlantic storms; south to the beautiful expanses of Glen Coe via the Great
Glen; or west to the remote and tranquil Ardnamurchan peninsula with the beautiful
'Road to the Isles' running to Mallaig and Skye beyond. Skye is one of the most popular
holiday spots in Scotland and is famed for the harsh peaks of the Cuillins and the
bizarre rock formations of the Trotternish peninsula. Wherever you roam, you'll find
outstanding natural beauty: Glen Coe, the Cairngorms National Park, Ben Nevis, Ardnamurchan,
Glen Affric - the list is as long as the Great Glen itself. And though it's natural
to picture the Highlands as a mountainous region, there are also miles of coastline
and intriguing islands to explore as well. Here you can have your own private sandy
beach with shimmering turquoise waters and nobody else to be seen for miles around.
Then there are the amazing flat lands of the Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland,
one of Europe's last great wild places. Not surprisingly, wildlife flourishes in
such great wildernesses and you can see dolphins, whales, eagles, deer, otters and
much more besides. The inspiring landscape and the tranquillity and space which it
offers are without doubt the main attractions of the region but if you like the active
life, the Highlands also offer unsurpassed opportunities for top-class mountaineering,
climbing and off-road biking, along with a host of other outdoor pursuits. This is
particularly true around Fort William and Lochaber which proclaims itself 'the Outdoor
Capital of the UK'. If you prefer your holiday at a slower pace, the region's many
historical sites, remote castles, distinctive culture and language and welcoming
towns also prove a major draw in their own right.
Argyll Forest Park welcomes visitors all year round and offers forest walks, mountain
paths, spectacular views, car parks and picnic areas, cycle trails, horse riding
and fishing. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park (Scottish Gaelic: Pàirc
Nàiseanta Loch Laomainn is nanTròisichean) is a national park in Scotland centred
on Loch Lomond, and includes several ranges of hills, the Trossachs being the most
famous. The park is the fourth largest in the British Isles, with a total area of
1,865 km² (720 mi²) and a boundary of some 350 km (220 mi) in length. It includes
21 Munros (including Ben Lomond, BenLui, Beinn Challuim, Ben More and two peaks called
Ben Vorlich), 20 Corbetts, two forest parks (Queen Elizabeth, and Argyll) In traditional
Scottish geography, the Highlands refers to that part of Scotland north-west of the
Highland Boundary Fault, which crosses mainland Scotland in a near-straight line
from Helensburgh to Stonehaven. However the flat coastal lands that occupy parts
of the counties of Nairnshire, Morayshire, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire are often
excluded as they do not share the distinctive geographical and cultural features
of the rest of the Highlands.
Today's village earns much of its living by providing goods, services and accommodation
to passing travellers, mostly motorists heading up or down the busy A85 and A82 trunk
roads. In doing so, Tyndrum is carrying on a long tradition. The village's origins
date back to the days when droves of highland cattle from the north and west passed
through en route to markets in central Scotland bringing lots of tired, hungry and
thirsty drovers with them. The village did benefit from local lead mining (and, briefly,
a gold rush) but its core role as a way-station was re-established with the arrival
of not one but two railways in the 1800s. One goes through Lower Tyndrum Station
and links Glasgow with Oban.
Another goes through Upper Tyndrum Station, and heads out to Fort William and Mallaig.
Tyndrum's allegedly unique claim to fame, certainly in the 1970s, was as the smallest
settlement in Britain to be served not just by two railway stations, but by two railway
lines as well...
Indeed, in the 1970s, Tyndrum seemed to have two of everything: two railway stations,
two hotels, and two petrol stations. The passage of time has undermined the arithmetic.
More hotels have been added, and one petrol station has disappeared.
The village has steadily become more developed over recent decades; but it remains
very clearly focused on providing a range of services for passing traffic, whether
road or rail borne (or by coach: the old Royal Hotel and its newer nearby companion
now specialise in accommodating coach tours).
These days, another type of passing traffic has also arrived. The West Highland Way
long distance footpath comes right through the village before heading north on the
old military road towards Bridge of Orchy and Rannoch Moor.
Eglinton Country Park
After 568 years of Montgomerie tenure, the 560 hectares (1,400 acres) that remained
in the family ownership were sold to Robert Howie of Dunlop for £24,000. Many of
the estate buildings were ruinous, but much of the landscape was undamaged. Agriculture
efficiency and urban expansion were to transform the estate that had been one of
the most admired in Scotland. Timber extraction on a massive scale was the first
task of Robert Howie & Sons on their purchase of Eglinton in 1948. The subsequent
establishment and improvement of extensive pastures culminated in the building of
Eglinton Park Farm near the top of Belvedere Hill. The policies of Eglinton Castle
had become a substantial dairy farm. Twenty years later, the town of Irvine was already
spreading into the farmland. This expansion was augmented by the designation of Irvine