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Who is Scotland’s Greatest Hero?

Who is Scotland’s greatest hero? With many tours under my belt over 20 odd years, it’s a question I have been asked many times. Here I list a few of the main contenders; in no particular order. I have a shortlist of my own, but how about you? All these are SCOTS. King Alexander [...]

January 11th, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

Blood and Guts, Spartans of the North

Blood & Guts – Spartans of the North Who are the Macleans?  Clan Maclean Scottish Gaelic: Clann MhicIllEathain  is a Highland Scottish clan. They are one of the oldest clans in the Highlands and owned large tracts of land in Argyll as well as the Inner Hebrides. Many early MacLeans became famous for their [...]

January 7th, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

Kintyre – Castles and History

Kintyre: castles and history speak volumes Kintyre extends 40 miles from Mull of Kintyre in the south, to Tarbert in the north. The peninsula is no more than ten miles wide, at Tarbert it’s just a mile. The name in the Gaelic Tairbeart, literally translated as "draw-boat" and as "isthmus", Tarbert was important for the [...]

January 3rd, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

Oban, on the beautiful west

Born near the Little Bay Oban OH-bən; not oh-BAN which a lot of people pronounce it as.  An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay, is a town in Argyll and Bute. Despite its' small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William. During the tourist season, the town can hold [...]

December 20th, 2018|History, Uncategorized|

James Bond

Will the real James Bond please stand up? Sir Fitzroy Hew Royle Maclean, 1st Baronet, KT, CBE (1911 – 1996) was a Scottish soldier, writer and politician and was one of only two men who during the Second World War enlisted in the British Army as a Private and rose to the rank of Brigadier, [...]

December 3rd, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

An age to discover Scotland

Are you ready for this?  It may freak you out, and contrary to what Liz may say, I wasnee around then.  During the Devonian period (419 – 359 million years ago), Scotland lay south of the equator. Scotland was all above sea level and was in parts very mountainous. The Devonian saw the final stages [...]

November 28th, 2018|History, Uncategorized|

Battle of the Clans

Battle of the Clans, Perth. 1396, Macphersons and Davidsons (Clan Chattan) Perhaps one of the most bizarre clan battles, staged in a gladiatorial style with Robert II taking the best seat –Perth. Some have recorded the battle as a fight between Clan Chattan and Clan Kay but later versions have claimed it was held to [...]

November 16th, 2018|History|

Clan Wars – Macphersons and Davidsons (Clan Chattan)

Battle of the Clans, Perth. 1396, Macphersons and Davidsons (Clan Chattan) Perhaps one of the most bizarre clan battles, staged in a gladiatorial style with Robert II taking the best seat –Perth. Some have recorded the battle as a fight between Clan Chattan and Clan Kay but later versions have claimed it was held to [...]

November 13th, 2018|History|

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|