The World Pipe Band Championships 2019

Glasgow Green Fridayu 16th August: Grade 1 competition. Saturday 17th: All grades. Two days of competition showcases the extraordinary ability of over 8,000 pipers and drummers taking part (don’t forget the Pipe Majors!). Defending champions Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland) will face bands from around the world as they try to hang on to their [...]

August 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|


A HISTORY OF PERTH IN THE MIDDLE AGES Perth is where I lived 20 odd years and like it, overflowing with history … The fair city (as it’s known) of Perth was made a burgh by King David I in the early 12th century (that’s the 1100’s by the way). There was already a settlement [...]

August 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Clan Maclean Gathering 2022

The dates for the International Gathering of the Clan Maclean have been announced as Friday 19th to the Friday 26th of June 2022. The Gathering will be held on the Isle of Mull and further details will be published as they are announced.  Private driver guided tours, we have a selection of vehicles available for [...]

July 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Who owns Scotland?

Recently, a new breed of owner has emerged alongside attempts by the Scottish government to modernise the rules but I would argue that the reforms have not gone far enough and that the concentration of land in so few hands is still leading to abuse of power. So who owns what in Scotland? A Scottish [...]

July 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Macleans raided and burnt my castle! Said the Campbell.

Overview - Carnasserie Castle: on the A816, 2 mile north of Kilmartin. The property was held by the MacLachlans in 1436, then by the Campbell Earl of Argyll but was given in 1559 to John Carswell, who built the present castle. Carswell published the first ever book in Gaelic in 1567, the Gaelic version of [...]

July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

The delights of Scottish food – a culinary experience

NOT ALL SCOTTISH FOOD IS DEEP FRIED! For example; Scotland's 9 Michelin star restaurants. For a gastronomic experience to remember, book a table at one of Scotland's Michelin-star restaurants. Pick from 9 eateries in superb locations, from four one Michelin star restaurants in Edinburgh to two Michelin-star dining in Perthshire, to the UK's most northerly [...]

June 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Maclean brothers on a whisky challenge over the Atlantic

Three brothers plan to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic later this year. They launched their boat on Loch Lomond as a trial. Lachlan, 21, Ewan, 27, and Jamie MacLean, 25, from Edinburgh, will take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December, rowing from the Canary Islands to the West Indies. First they plan to row to [...]

June 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Pennygown Chapel near Salen

Pennygown Chapel near Salen – there are two carved graves lying on the ground. These graves are of Lachlan Cattanach, former chief of Clan Maclean and his wife, they were not allowed to be buried in the chapel’s grounds due to their habit of burning live cats to summon the devil. How true am unsure [...]

June 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Dalriada, Alba, Scotland

Recorded history of Scotland begins with the Romans Emire in the 1st century. The Roman province of Britannia reached as far north as the Antonine Wall (these days Glasgow). North of this was Caledonia, inhabited by the Picti, being a strong people forced Rome's legions back to Hadrian's Wall (further south than Antonine). As Rome withdrew [...]

June 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

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|