January 2018

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Ardvreck Castle

2018-01-31T17:53:08+00:00

Betrayals and Besiege! Nestled between the shores of Loch Assynt and the looming peaks of the Quinag, Ardvreck Castle (Caisteal Àrd Bhric in Gaelic) in the Scottish Highlands was once home to the MacLeods of Assynt. It is an achingly beautiful part of Scotland with mountain faces of sheer rock and bleak moorland interspaced with [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Ardvreck Castle2018-01-31T17:53:08+00:00

Are the Scots a Nation of Pyromaniacs? Midwinter Fire Festivals in Scotland

2018-01-28T18:18:25+00:00

I am convinced that the Scots are a nation of pyromaniacs. I used to work in a laboratory connected to a famous Scottish food factory located on the banks of the River Spey. The guys that I worked with were obsessed with lighting fires and causing explosions. Alright, so when ‘Fire Starter’ was playing on [...]

Are the Scots a Nation of Pyromaniacs? Midwinter Fire Festivals in Scotland2018-01-28T18:18:25+00:00

Robert Burns and the Da Vinci Code of Paintings

2018-01-28T22:38:47+00:00

Mystery! Intrigue! It began when I was researching out some information about Tam O’ Shanter. What I discovered was something which could have come straight out of a Dan Brown novel. First there was a ‘lost’ Robert Burns painting, thought once to have belonged to Sir James Shaw, one-time Lord Mayor of London. Then mysterious [...]

Robert Burns and the Da Vinci Code of Paintings2018-01-28T22:38:47+00:00

Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem: Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns

2018-01-21T18:34:52+00:00

The Scottish poet and lyrist, Robert Burns, was born on January 25th, 1759 in Alloway in Ayrshire. He is regarded as one of the greatest poets to come out of Scotland and to this day, the world over, Burns Suppers are held to celebrate his birth. Perhaps one of his most famous poems is [...]

Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem: Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns2018-01-21T18:34:52+00:00

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World

2018-01-28T22:39:37+00:00

Down through the ages, Scottish graveyards or kirkyards have had a variety of uses other than laying our dear departed to rest. This includes the following: being used as market places, being used as prisons, wappenschaws, weapons practice, feeding grounds for animals and inspiration for writers such as Charles Dickens and J K Rowling. [...]

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World2018-01-28T22:39:37+00:00

Cluny Hill in Forres: From the Witches Stone to the Colours of Cluny

2018-01-30T21:52:27+00:00

The Colours of Cluny is a recently established  outdoor sound and light show held on Cluny Hill in Grant Park in the picturesque town of Forres in Moray during the late autumn. This event is organised by the Forres Features Community Interest Group and produced by the same producers as the famous Enchanted Forest in [...]

Cluny Hill in Forres: From the Witches Stone to the Colours of Cluny2018-01-30T21:52:27+00:00