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Knights Templars in Scotland

It is important to know there were Templars in Scotland since David I,  who granted the Order lands. The Temple in Midlothian was the main Scottish House of the Templars (lying where the airport is now). Let’s go to the Bruce for a while; Robert de Brus, 1st Lord of Annandale, the first of the [...]

June 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Battle of Altimarlach

A delve into Scottish history through the eyes of Paul McLean. Here we go again with more clan disputes in Scotland.  This time – for a change – the Campbells are involved, shock!  The 13th of July, 1680 saw the last significant clan battle to be fought in Scotland, with the Sinclairs, under the [...]

June 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

County Kilkenny Ireland

A wee ditty on County Kilkenny Ireland, home of the brave. Why am I writing about Kilkenny you ask? I have a huge family  over there, mum came from there and I have been  many times, lived there from the age of 3 to 6 years old, aye, I am half Irish, the smaller [...]

May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Macleans rule the world

Here are just a few famous Macleans of various spellings. There are many thousands of us scattered all over the globe, some famous, some memorable, some we would rather forget. Clan Maclean: descended from Gilleain-nan-Tuagh (Gillian of the Battle Axe), a descendant of the Kings of Dalriada. Gillian fought against King Haakon of Norway at [...]

May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The two Cathedrals in Oban

The two Cathedrals in Oban St John's Cathedral, part of The Scottish Episcopal Church - or the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine (Scottish Gaelic Ard-eaglais Eòin an Diadhair) is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is one of the two cathedrals of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, and [...]

April 24th, 2019|History|

Colonsay A west coast island of Scotland

Colonsay one of the west coast islands of Scotland Colonsay, is approx 10 miles long and 2 miles wide with 135 locals, little more than 2 hours from Oban by ferry. Local activities include agriculture, oyster farming, arts, crafts, honey production, a brewery and lobster fishing. The island lies off the west coast of Scotland. [...]

April 19th, 2019|Tours of Scotland|

Scottish slang – go on try it!

I was oot the other day, the grub at the pub was; ‘well tidy scran’ The great Scottish words and phrases you may need some help with, especially if you are coming on tour with us, some can leave folks wondering, some are – well, just funny. Get tae  -  just simply utter ‘get tae’ [...]

April 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Paul at The WHITEHOUSE

Paul McLean invited to the Whitehouse Would you just look at those fine examples of Scottish seafood and veg, all local by the way. That’s the Isle of Mull in the background, all you see here is Maclean country! Well he played his trump card, a special invitation he couldnee resist. Paul likes his [...]

April 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

THE STONE AT KINTRAW – THE FAIRY HILL

THE STONE AT KINTRAW – THE FAIRY HILL The prehistoric landscape here includes a large cairn (badly robbed of its' stones), a kerbed cairn excavated in 1959-60 and shown to contain a cist and a 4m high standing stone. This stone had been leaning and finally fell over in March 1979. An excavation of [...]

April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Battle of Altimarlach

The Battle of Altimarlach A delve into Scottish history through the eyes of Paul McLean.  Here we go again with more clan disputes in Scotland.  This time – for a change – the Campbell’s are involved, shock!  The 13th of July, 1680 saw the last significant clan battle to be fought in Scotland, with the [...]

March 25th, 2019|History, Uncategorized|