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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|

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|