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James of the glen

Ballachulish (at the end of Glencoe) perched on the edge of Loch Leven is a monument. It was here in 1752 that a local man was hanged for a murder he didn’t commit. The man’s name was James Stewart of the Glen.  Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Kidnapped fictionalises the Appin Murder with a cast of [...]

September 12th, 2019|History|

More Oban info, I cannee help it!

More Oban info, I cannee help it! Oban has been used by humans since at least mesolithic times, as evidenced by archaeological remains of cave dwellers found in the town. Just outside the town stands Dunollie Castle, overlooking the main entrance to the bay, it has been fortified since the Bronze age. Prior to the [...]

September 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle , famous Scotsman

22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930 was a Scottish writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and more than fifty short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally [...]

September 6th, 2019|History|

Back o’ nine

“Back o’nine,” we’re told.  “Be ready. I wouldn’t be late.”  I believed him.  Our tour guide, Paul, hadn’t been late yet and I didn’t expect he would start now. “Back o’ nine,” a Scot’s way of saying quarter after nine, was the starting time each morning since we’d arrived in Scotland to tour the Highlands.   [...]

September 3rd, 2019|Tours of Scotland|

The World Pipe Band Championships 2019

Glasgow Green Fridayu 16th August: Grade 1 competition. Saturday 17th: All grades. Two days of competition showcases the extraordinary ability of over 8,000 pipers and drummers taking part (don’t forget the Pipe Majors!). Defending champions Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland) will face bands from around the world as they try to hang on to their [...]

August 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

A HISTORY OF PERTH IN THE MIDDLE AGES

A HISTORY OF PERTH IN THE MIDDLE AGES Perth is where I lived 20 odd years and like it, overflowing with history … The fair city (as it’s known) of Perth was made a burgh by King David I in the early 12th century (that’s the 1100’s by the way). There was already a settlement [...]

August 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Liverpool Scottish Regiment

The Liverpool Scottish Regiment Due to work and marriage, my dad (from Oban) was living in Liverpool, then a big Irish centre.  My mum was Irish. I was baby knapped from Connel (Oban) at an early age, that’s another story. The Liverpool Scottish, known as "the Scottish",  in the later half of the 19th century [...]

July 22nd, 2019|History|

Clan Maclean Gathering 2022

The dates for the International Gathering of the Clan Maclean have been announced as Friday 19th to the Friday 26th of June 2022. The Gathering will be held on the Isle of Mull and further details will be published as they are announced.  Private driver guided tours, we have a selection of vehicles available for [...]

July 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Who owns Scotland?

Recently, a new breed of owner has emerged alongside attempts by the Scottish government to modernise the rules but I would argue that the reforms have not gone far enough and that the concentration of land in so few hands is still leading to abuse of power. So who owns what in Scotland? A Scottish [...]

July 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Macleans raided and burnt my castle! Said the Campbell.

Overview - Carnasserie Castle: on the A816, 2 mile north of Kilmartin. The property was held by the MacLachlans in 1436, then by the Campbell Earl of Argyll but was given in 1559 to John Carswell, who built the present castle. Carswell published the first ever book in Gaelic in 1567, the Gaelic version of [...]

July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|