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You know when you live somewhere but you don't visit the places on your doorstep? Well I admit I hadn't been around the National Trust for Scotland's Robert Smail's Printing Works for a good few years.
Yesterday though we put that right!
A gem of printing history just minutes from Cosaig, the visit was every bit as fascinating as I remembered. There's so much more to the place than you would guess from the shop frontage (in its heyday Smails employed 18 staff so was no small concern).
We stepped straight back in time as we were handed our Apprentice cards. These detailed our employment terms (54 hours per week and we'll not even go there with the holidays!)
Robert Smail’s office has been scarcely altered since 1866. He was a hoarder and 52 giant guardbooks showcase almost every item printed by the family firm.
Then onto the compositing room where we got to try our hand at type setting (I have a feeling Mr. Smail would have had some thoughts on the speed of my work).
Next we got to see the print rooms and the machines working at speed. All this and a chance to learn the origins of lots of phrases in common usage. So whether you are feeling great or even if you are "out of sorts" Smails really has something for all the family...and a great wee shop too!
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We have a cancellation Monday 25th - Thursday 28th March. For the REDUCED PRICE of £210 you will get 3 nights exclusive use of our lovely very dog friendly 2 bedroom cottage in the stunning Scottish Borders. Take a look at what our guests say here www.facebook.com/pg/CosaigSelfCatering/photos/?tab=album&album_id=313362972143935
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We've had a last minute cancellation for three nights starting this coming Monday due to illness. I'd love to refund the couple as much as possible. We're now offering £50 off these dates. The forecast is for dry weather! www.cosaigselfcatering.co.uk
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Well done to our guests last weekend who completed the Mighty Deerstalker!Saturday saw 2000 #ratracers line up on a cold, wintry start line in the shadow of Traquair House ready to tackle the legendary Mighty Deerstalker. As the horn blared they charged over haybales and were off on a mountain adventure they would never forget. The first hill got their legs warmed up as they wound their way through forest tracks while the sun set and the darkness closed in. They looked up for just a second to see a snake of lights winding their way up the second hill and it was clear that the real challenge was waiting. Storming their way through Innerleithen the locals came out to cheer, play music and hand out much appreciated sweets in preparation for what was to come. And what came was harder than most were expecting. As the wind battered their tired bodies they looked up and saw the infamous vertical Scree. Putting one foot in front of the other was harder than ever before as both hands and feet were called upon to make it to the top. But what goes up must come down. With arms outstretched the descent came thick and fast, headtorches illuminating their path as their legs picked up speed, splattered with mud, dodging roots and rocks until all of a sudden the rush of the river could be heard and they knew they were on the home stretch. The echoes of the event village floated through the sky and after more than one icy, breath taking river dunking the final push came before they crossed that finishline victorious having conquered the brutal beast that is Mighty Deerstalker.

Who's having a crack at it next year?...
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A guest has addressed the elephant in the room in our latest 5* review. Perhaps we have an elephant sufficiency ;-) ... See MoreSee Less

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A friend of ours is planning to run Yoga Holidays in the Tweed Valley. She is is hoping that one of the sessions will be something a bit different. Hence a trip to Velvet Hall Alpacas today! Think they took to each other very well.
You can always make a trip of your own when you stay at Cosaig...we can guarantee that Alpacas make for great company :-)
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We love to share updates about Cosaig, the local area and Luke the greyhound’s adventures on Facebook …