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ROBERT THE BRUCE

Robert the Bruce was born on 11 July 1274 into an aristocratic Scottish family, related to the Scottish royal family. In 1306, Bruce had a bit of a fray  with his competitor to the throne, John Comyn, who stabbed him in a church in Dumfries.  He was then outlawed by King Edward I and excommunicated [...]

November 8th, 2018|History|

The Isle of Eigg

Eigg; the jewel in the Hebridean crown Known as the jewel in the Hebridean crown, for its' beauty and natural heritage, geology and archaeology.   Picts and Vikings left their mark, the island’s rich history is steeped in clan warfare and the crofting way of life. Explore beaches, walk or climb and see Eigg and its'island [...]

November 7th, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland|

The Isle of Rum, Scotland’s west coast

Continuing our look at the wee western isles of Scotland The Isle of Rum in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, amazing wildlife, an eccentric castle, walks to suit all levels, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. Rum is a short ferry from either Arisaig or Mallaig - visit for a few hours, soak up the atmosphere and still [...]

November 7th, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland|

Scotland’s wee isles – TIREE

A first in a series of our wee isles. One wee island in the Inner Hebrides, Tiree is twenty-two miles west of the nearest point on the Scottish mainland, Ardnamurchan. The same latitude as southern Alaska and same longitude as the border between Spain/Portugal,  just over ten miles long, five miles wide and  half a [...]

October 31st, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

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|