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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|

Connel on the west coast of Scotland

Connel – the centre of the world. The thing you cannee miss in the village is Connel Bridge, a cantilever bridge that spans Loch Etive at the Falls of Lora. It was built to carry the Callander and Oban railway's branch line to Ballachulish that opened in 1903. Apart from the bridge, there is a [...]

November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Massacre of Scottish Clans

MACGREGORS AND COLQUOUN  Fought near Loch Lomond in 1603, the Battle of Glen Fruin left at least 140 men dead and led to an unparalleled punishment against the MacGregors, with their name banned in Scotland for a total of 150 years. The battle was supposedly fought on a large flat piece of ground near Auchingaich [...]

November 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Romans in Glasgow

After a few excellent Scottish whisky drams, drift back a few thousand years, allow yourself to look out over the hills of Bar Hill Roman Fort. Today only a few stones are remaining, of this ancient fortification on the Antonine Wall. Unlike its stone-built southern neighbour, Hadrian’s Wall, the rampart of the Antonine Wall was constructed [...]

November 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

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|

The Ross Fountain Restoration

The Ross Fountain restoration – Edinburgh. Something I have passed on numerous occasions and not really paid much attention to it. However, each time I pas now, I stop and gawp! The £1.9m renovation of the West Princes Street Garden fountain. The renovation was commissioned by the Ross Development Trust, supported by Edinburgh World Heritage. [...]

September 27th, 2018|Latest News, Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

Fort Charlotte Prison

Prison makeover away in Shetland The prison at Fort Charlotte, Lerwick, Shetland is a wee single storey building, closed for many years – however, there is a plan to attract more visitors. The whole buildings needs tlc, hoping for a late spring/early summer 2019 opening. Fort Charlotte overlooks the strategic Sound of Bressay. It was [...]

September 26th, 2018|Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|

Gaels, clans and drams at Lagavulin Bay

Gaels, clans and drams at Lagavulin Bay Dunyvaig Castle sits on a peninsula close to Lagavulin Distillery. Funds for the excavation were raised during the distillery’s 200th anniversary celebrations, which saw the sale of more than 200 rare bottles of Lagavulin generate around £500,000. WELL DONE DIAGEO. The castle was built on the site of [...]

September 25th, 2018|History, Tours of Scotland, Uncategorized|