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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|

The Isle of Rum, Scotland’s west coast

Continuing our look at the wee western isles of Scotland The Isle of Rum in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, amazing wildlife, an eccentric castle, walks to suit all levels, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. Rum is a short ferry from either Arisaig or Mallaig - visit for a few hours, soak up the atmosphere and still [...]

November 7th, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland|

Scotland’s wee isles – TIREE

A first in a series of our wee isles. One wee island in the Inner Hebrides, Tiree is twenty-two miles west of the nearest point on the Scottish mainland, Ardnamurchan. The same latitude as southern Alaska and same longitude as the border between Spain/Portugal,  just over ten miles long, five miles wide and  half a [...]

October 31st, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

The Virgin Mary in Melrose

The Virgin Mary (& Paul) re-appear in Melrose Four medieval statues – Virgin Mary, Saint Paul, Saint Peter and Saint Andrew are once again adorning the walls of Melrose Abbey, Scotland. Scots king David I founded Melrose Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland, in 1136. The Cistercians were drawn to this fertile spot beside [...]

October 2nd, 2018|History, Uncategorized|