December 2019

Christmas in Scotland through the Ages

2020-10-15T21:30:20+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 Ages2020-10-15T21:30:20+00:00

Winter Solstice: Scottish Megaliths and the World’s Oldest Calendar

2020-10-16T16:27:56+00:00

Anyone who has lived in Scotland can tell you that the Winter Solstice can be a tough time of the year, with barely any daylight hours. On 'driech' rainy days, there may be little light at all. Most people feel that they would gladly join the hibernating hedgehogs and bats in their sleep. This must [...]

Winter Solstice: Scottish Megaliths and the World’s Oldest Calendar2020-10-16T16:27:56+00:00

October 2019

Halloween Origins: Samhain and the Cailleach

2020-10-16T18:24:31+00:00

The origins of Halloween date back to an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in) which celebrated the harvest and the arrival of the Cailleach. For the Celts who lived some 2,000 years ago, November 1st was their New Year. It was a time when the early farmers met together, bonfires were lit and [...]

Halloween Origins: Samhain and the Cailleach2020-10-16T18:24:31+00:00

December 2018

The Curse of Clava Cairns

2020-10-16T18:37:50+00:00

The Highlands of Scotland are shrouded in myths and stories of ancient guardians who protect the sacred sites and burial mounds of our dead ancestors. The area surrounding Inverness is particularly rich in legend, haunted history and tales of the supernatural.  The folklore surrounding the Loch Ness Monster is known throughout the world and there [...]

The Curse of Clava Cairns2020-10-16T18:37:50+00:00

October 2018

The Scottish Origins of Halloween

2020-10-16T19:14:27+00:00

In the Beginning… Halloween began as a Celtic harvest festival. The early Celts marked the end of summer with a festival they called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). As part of these celebrations they built fires and burnt animals as sacrifices. Samhain means "summer's end" in Gaelic, according to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries. However, because ancient records [...]

The Scottish Origins of Halloween2020-10-16T19:14:27+00:00

March 2018

The Deil Stanes: Urquhart’s Recumbent Stone Circle

2020-10-16T20:37:41+00:00

Spooky Scotland has taken us on some amazing journeys and we have made some exciting discoveries along the way. There is a mystical quality about Stone Circles. The sun was shining, although there is always a cold bite in the air in February in Scotland. We were standing in a field, a great mound of [...]

The Deil Stanes: Urquhart’s Recumbent Stone Circle2020-10-16T20:37:41+00:00
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