W FORT LAUDERDALE ultra-glam, steps from the beach, in the thick of SoFla’s nightlife the W Fort Lauderdale, a 517- room playground on A1A, is the spot to wed for scenester couples. Each suite boasts a view of the Atlantic Ocean (that sunrise, though!) and a freestanding soaking tub for two. Treat your ’maids to chocolate pedis at Bliss Spa (think chocolate martinis and a sinful brownie dessert). Or fi nd your wedding-day zen at a complimentary beach-yoga class. Marry on the sand or poolside, then serve a Floribbean feast of local snapper ceviche by in-house signature resto Steak 954. 954.414.8200, wfort lauderdalehotel.com
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Both Cockleroy and Bowden Hill (229m/770ft) summits are the sites of prehistoric forts, though there is nothing much to see. Quite magnificent, however, is the excavated and preserved multi-period prehistoric henge, circles and tomb on Cairnpapple Hill, due south – one of the Top Ten prehistoric sites in Scotland – next to the obvious relay mast. The knobbly nature of these hills points to their volcanic origins. The grassy depression on Cockleroy is called Wallace’s Cradle. The patriot reputedly used the hill as an observation post and safe spot in the dangerous Lowlands, where most of his life was spent. He held a parliament at nearby Torphichen, another historic site well worth a visit. Cockleroy is not a French hybrid word but murdered Gaelic, cochull-ruadh, the red cowl. (On an 1898 OS map it is Cocklerue, and an 18th-century guide had Cuckold le Roy.) In this ‘waist of Scotland’, not surprisingly, is a real mix of Gaelic, Norman and old British names – and some guid Scots one too, like Burghmuir or Cauldhame. Beecraigs is also Gaelic in origin, from beithe (pronounced bey) meaning birch tree.