Scotland on the Web: webcams galore, whisky’s predecessor, stone circles, wildcats and daredevil skiing

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But with these riches comes a plethora of websites, some worthy of your

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Our aim is to bring you a selection of useful, intriguing and interesting sites on a weekly basis

From the utterly bizarre and entertaining to the incredibly useful. We hope you’ll find something of interest.

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From stunning panoramic views of iconic Scottish landmarks, scottishwebcams.org.uk allows you to take a tour of the best that the country has to offer in only a few clicks.

Visitors can chose from over 100 cameras from the directory with the opportunity to look south from the top of the Isle of Lewis, control a camera overlooking the Old Course at St Andrews, pictured, and take in the famous Rutherglen High Street camera.

Take a journey back over 5,000 years ago and learn more about Scotland’s ancient stone structures and the people who built them.

All known remains of stone circles, standing stones and Brochs are listed in the directory along with images and videos.

Scotland’s original national spirit

Although single malt whisky has been produced in Scotland for hundreds of years not many people know about its predecessor - Blaand.

An article by Gordon Hamilton at helium.com details how the Vikings brought this unique alcoholic drink, made with fermented whey, to Scotland over 1,000 years ago.

With only 400 left in the wild, the Scottish Wild Cat is believed to be more endangered than the Bengal tiger.

On highlandtiger.com you can learn all about this mysterious beast which has become engrained in the country’s folklore.

Find out where in Scotland you can see one of these mysterious beasts and more about their habits.

Blair Aitken’s video shows late season descents of some iconic Scottish ski routes, including Aladdin’s Couloir on Cairngorm and Tower Gully on Ben Nevis.

Alongside the sublime scenery, the skill of Blair and others featured in mastering some of the country’s most inhospitable ski terrain is something to behold.