May 2021

The Dragon’s Hole: Beltane Revelries and Saintly Slayings

2021-05-01T09:19:24+00:00

The Dragon’s Hole was said to be the den of a deadly dragon during the 6th Century. The beast would leave its lair within the steeply wooded slopes of the Kinnoull Hill in Perthshire and descend on the helpless inhabitants of the Tay Valley. Cattle were slaughtered and beautiful maidens were abducted. In desperation, the [...]

The Dragon’s Hole: Beltane Revelries and Saintly Slayings2021-05-01T09:19:24+00:00

April 2021

Gowk Day: April’s Fool’s Day in Scotland

2021-04-01T21:41:11+00:00

Gowk Day is Scotland’s take on April ‘Fools Day and is also celebrated on the 1st of April. In Scots ‘gowk’ has a double meaning. It can be a cuckoo or a fool. However, the cuckoo also features prominently in Scottish folklore and even has connections with the Standing Stones of Calanais. Gowk Day: Hunting [...]

Gowk Day: April’s Fool’s Day in Scotland2021-04-01T21:41:11+00:00

March 2021

Was Saint Kessog Scotland’s Original Patron Saint?

2021-03-10T13:44:29+00:00

Saint Kessog (also known as MacKessog) is an obscure figure in Scottish history who appears out of the mists of time. However, he was once venerated by Robert the Bruce and there are those who argue that he was once the Patron Saint of Scotland, before Saint Andrew was given that iconic role.  Saint Kessog [...]

Was Saint Kessog Scotland’s Original Patron Saint?2021-03-10T13:44:29+00:00

February 2021

Burghead: Fire, Water, Wind and a whole load of Bull!

2021-02-20T15:39:26+00:00

The sleepy coastal town of Burghead becomes the focus of an ancient pagan ritual on the 11th January every year. As the Clavie, a barrel of burning tar is placed on the altar at the Doorie Hill the Brochers (natives of Burghead) watch on. The wood crackles. Sparks rise into the night skies. The flames [...]

Burghead: Fire, Water, Wind and a whole load of Bull!2021-02-20T15:39:26+00:00

Saint Valentine and the Glasgow Connection

2021-02-12T22:19:51+00:00

February the 14th is a time when all the romantics' hearts are set aflutter at the prospect of Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine.  People find themselves travelling around to globe to places renowned for their romantic moods. Paris, Rome and Venice all lay claim to being 'The City of Love' but did [...]

Saint Valentine and the Glasgow Connection2021-02-12T22:19:51+00:00

January 2021

From Imbolc to Candlemas; From the Goddess Brìde to Saint Brigid.

2021-01-30T18:30:32+00:00

Imbolc is a festival which pre-dates the arrival of Christianity in Scotland. The Coming of Christianity In the dawning of time, when Christian missionaries first arrived on Scotland’s shores, they faced a colossal challenge. They were dealing with a strange mix of peoples: the Dal Riadic people of the West, the indigenous Britons of Strathclyde [...]

From Imbolc to Candlemas; From the Goddess Brìde to Saint Brigid.2021-01-30T18:30:32+00:00

Yuletide Greenery

2021-01-05T17:37:11+00:00

Dismantling the Yuletide greenery was an important event on Uphalieday, Twelfth Night or what is known as Epiphany in the Christian calendar. Decking the halls with Yuletide Greenery at Christmastime is an ancient tradition. Its origins stretch back to a time before Christianity reached Scotland’s shores. It stretches back to a time of druids and [...]

Yuletide Greenery2021-01-05T17:37:11+00:00

December 2020

Hogmanay: The Traditions of Scotland’s New Year’s Eve

2020-12-31T21:29:41+00:00

Hogmanay is by far the biggest celebration in the Scottish year. Traditionally it surpasses Christmas in the degree to which it is celebrated. But why? From ancient times the Winter Solstice has been celebrated by the early people of Scotland. With the coming of Christianity, Christmas became a major celebration. However, during the Protestant Reformation, [...]

Hogmanay: The Traditions of Scotland’s New Year’s Eve2020-12-31T21:29:41+00:00

The Yules, Trows and a big helping of Superstition- The Old Festive Season in Scotland’s Northern Isles

2020-12-29T18:49:53+00:00

The Yules was the old festive celebration in Orkney and Shetland derived from the old Norse Celebration of the Viking Settlers who once inhabited Scotland’s Northern Isles. However, long before the Norsemen arrived, the prehistoric peoples of Orkney had built the cairn at Maeshowe, with its entrance aligned to the Winter solstice. The old ways [...]

The Yules, Trows and a big helping of Superstition- The Old Festive Season in Scotland’s Northern Isles2020-12-29T18:49:53+00:00

Christmas in Scotland through the Ages

2020-12-23T20:12:47+00:00

Did you know that once upon a time, Christmas was banned in Scotland- by the Kirk? And that Christmas has only recently become a public holiday? However, from before the dawn of time, this time of year has been important to the inhabitants of Scotland. Stone Age Megaliths are aligned to the Winter Solstice. Many [...]

Christmas in Scotland through the Ages2020-12-23T20:12:47+00:00
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