Balvaird Castle, Perthshire

Almost hidden away obetween Gateside in north-west Fife and Aberargie in southern Perthshire is a late 15th century L-plan tower house, surrounded by a 16th century wall with a courtyard and gatehouse. The castle stands on a hill, and consists of a central keep (tower) with a main block and wing, the courtyard and gatehouse [...]

July 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Scottish Highland Games

HISTORY It is said they were originally a form of war game in which the strongest and bravest soldiers would triumph. The first historical reference to Highland Games-type events in Scotland was made during the reign of King Malcolm III (1057-1093) when he summoned men to race up Craig Choinnich near Braemar [...]

July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Meeting the Clan Maclean Chief

THE CASTLE, THE COFFEE AND THE CHIEF Dateline 30 June 2016.  Location Duart Castle, Isle of Mull Written by Paul McLean We were on tour with Clan Montgomery from USA, a nice group.  We sailed from Oban over to Mull  and headed straight to Duart Castle for a visit. We pulled up our coach right [...]

July 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|

How many pounds can you buy for your dollar

An uncertain future following the UK vote to leave the European Union with an 8% fall in sterling against the dollar, gives US travellers to Scotland the lowest priced Pound for as long as I can remember. So what are we saying? That if you have plans to travel to Scotland with us this year, [...]

June 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Maclean Clan Gathering, Isle of Mull, Scotland, June 2017

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull - June 20th to June 25th 2017 The Clan are to gather again next year (2017) over on Mull, a 45 minute sail from where I was born (Connel) and it should be another great time for all Maclean’s. Liz and I have attended the last 4 gatherings and [...]

June 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Scottish tour – Panning for Gold in Caithness, northern Scotland

Correct! I was staying with my friends Ian and Elaine in Wick recently taking a tour. I was there to give a whisky  tasting at the local hotel, 28 people with 8 drams each, that’s another story. Whilst there, Ian and I always drive off wandering the local countryside of Caithness and Sutherland, this particular [...]

June 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The gatherings of Clan Maclean

A Clan story by Paul McLean, Connel, Scotland. Clan History: The Maclean clan is one of the oldest of all highland clans famed throughout history for great fighting skills of its warriors. For centuries they lived by the sword.  According to historical sources, the founder of the Maclean clan was Gilleain na Tuaighe [...]

May 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A half day sail off the west coast of Scotland

There were seven of us on the half day of sailing tour; Liz, Barry, Julie, Dennis, Lois, Jenny and myself. Jenny (aka the Jenny Wren) was our transport and Barry the “driver”. We set off from Craobh Marina, a stunning location on the west of Scotland and just a 30-minute drive from Oban. [...]

May 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A Scottish food Blog to open your mooth!

Think of Scotland, think rolling hills, rugged mountains, vast heather moors, loch and glens … I could go on (and on, and on) but something you may not know – is how fantastic our food is! We are surrounded by water, have superb fruit and vegetables, succulent Scottish lamb, venison, beef and poultry – just for starters. [...]

May 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A bit of Scottish History

Dalriada – the early Scots DALRIADA. This is where "modern" history began. With history from the time of Moses, intermingled with legends such as St. Patrick and St. Columba, Dalriada was first the name for the land in Northern Ireland . Founded by Cairbre Riadia who settled in this area and later, the name [...]

May 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|