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The Virgin Mary in Melrose

The Virgin Mary (& Paul) re-appear in Melrose Four medieval statues – Virgin Mary, Saint Paul, Saint Peter and Saint Andrew are once again adorning the walls of Melrose Abbey, Scotland. Scots king David I founded Melrose Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland, in 1136. The Cistercians were drawn to this fertile spot beside [...]

October 2nd, 2018|History, Uncategorized|

The Ross Fountain Restoration

The Ross Fountain restoration – Edinburgh. Something I have passed on numerous occasions and not really paid much attention to it. However, each time I pas now, I stop and gawp! The £1.9m renovation of the West Princes Street Garden fountain. The renovation was commissioned by the Ross Development Trust, supported by Edinburgh World Heritage. [...]

September 27th, 2018|Latest News, Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

Fort Charlotte Prison

Prison makeover away in Shetland The prison at Fort Charlotte, Lerwick, Shetland is a wee single storey building, closed for many years – however, there is a plan to attract more visitors. The whole buildings needs tlc, hoping for a late spring/early summer 2019 opening. Fort Charlotte overlooks the strategic Sound of Bressay. It was [...]

September 26th, 2018|Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

Gaels, clans and drams at Lagavulin Bay

Gaels, clans and drams at Lagavulin Bay Dunyvaig Castle sits on a peninsula close to Lagavulin Distillery. Funds for the excavation were raised during the distillery’s 200th anniversary celebrations, which saw the sale of more than 200 rare bottles of Lagavulin generate around £500,000. WELL DONE DIAGEO. The castle was built on the site of [...]

September 25th, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

West coast tales – Scotland, Dunstaffnage Castle

West coast tales – Scotland, Dunstaffnage Castle Coming originally from Scotlands' west coast – Connel – I am fascinated by the history and myths of our west coast, here are a few to bite on … Dunstaffnage Castle is located close to the coastal town of Oban and no far from my birthplace Connel. In [...]

September 20th, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland|

A few moments in Scottish history

There is no genetically pure or original Scot. There is no common ancestral or genetic heritage that links the peoples of Scotland. Ancient Scotland was made up of four separate groups: Angles, Britons, Picts and Gaels (or Scoti), who each spoke a different language. Kenneth McAlpin (810–858) was not, as is popularly claimed, the first [...]

September 17th, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

Macleans Bakery

40 years of BAKING in SCOTLAND Originally from the Western Isles, they now produce traditional shortbreads and sweet biscuits together with a range of enjoyable and energising oatcakes at the modern bakery in Forres, centrally located between the Highland, Speyside and Grampian regions of Scotland. This year they’re celebrating 40 years of baking. It was [...]

August 24th, 2018|Food and drink|

Scottish history comes to life

The Treaty of Perth Our neighbours across the North Sea were not always friendly. Norse Vikings from Norway, as opposed to Vikings from Denmark –had raided Scotland relentlessly for several centuries, both Orkney and Shetland became Norwegian territory. Norway and Denmark often had one and the same monarch – such as Harald Bluetooth. It is [...]

July 16th, 2018|History, Uncategorized|

Castles and Kerrera

Clan warfare, kings, battles, castles and walks wee tip for a superb day out on Scotland’s west coast, get yourseles to Oban – or, use as a part of your tour and stay a few days/one day – pick the best weather  – enjoy a back in time experience. The northern end of [...]

July 10th, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland|

The Clan Maclean on Islay

THE CLAN MACLEAN’S ON ISLAY troubles with MacDonalds and Campbells The Clan Maclean has a long history with the Inner Hebrides Island of Islay. The island, only 23 miles long and 19 miles wide has attracted trouble throughout history. There is documented evidence of human life here 22,000 years ago and again after the ice [...]

June 26th, 2018|History|