November 2018

Saint Andrew: The myth behind the man who became Scotland’s Patron Saint

2018-11-30T13:19:51+00:00

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. On the 30th of November every year, tales are told of how Saint Regulus carried some of Saint Andrew’s bones to Scotland and how the Saltire become the Scottish flag. Who was Saint Andrew? Andrew was a fisherman from Galilee before he and his brother Simon Peter [...]

Saint Andrew: The myth behind the man who became Scotland’s Patron Saint2018-11-30T13:19:51+00:00

Robert The Bruce: The Man, The Myths, The Outlaw King

2018-11-09T15:08:21+00:00

Robert I, King of Scots is better known by his title Robert the Bruce. This was the man who was to become a legend, a hero, a saviour to his people. This was the man who secured Scotland’s independence from England. He lived in a time when kings saw it as their God-given right to [...]

Robert The Bruce: The Man, The Myths, The Outlaw King2018-11-09T15:08:21+00:00

March 2018

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Eilean Donan

2018-05-20T12:35:49+00:00

Eilean Donan lies in one of the most scenic spots in Scotland. Built on an island, where Loch Duich, Long Long and Loch Alsh meet, it was once the site of an Iron Age vitrified fort, built by the Picts. It takes its name from a Gaelic Priest, Saint Donnán of Eigg who lived around [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Eilean Donan2018-05-20T12:35:49+00:00

February 2018

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Cawdor Castle

2018-02-04T22:49:27+00:00

Immortalised by Shakespeare in his play ‘Macbeth’, built around a holly tree and haunted by an apparition said to be the ghost of an heiress once kidnapped by one of the most powerful families in Scotland, Cawdor Castle lies in a peaceful location which belies its dramatic and intriguing past. Nestled in the heart of [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Cawdor Castle2018-02-04T22:49:27+00:00

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

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

December 2017

Bring out the Dead! Or Brick them up Alive! Black Death in Edinburgh!

2018-01-30T21:53:00+00:00

Plague! What could be a more chilling, bloodcurdling cry in Scotland during medieval times? Not even advancing armies could inspire such dread as the approaching doom of Bubonic Plague or ‘the Black Death’. The best ghost stories always involve dark deeds and dreadful deaths and it is small wonder that Edinburgh is said to [...]

Bring out the Dead! Or Brick them up Alive! Black Death in Edinburgh!2018-01-30T21:53:00+00:00

Why Was the Skull and Crossbones Carved On So Many Old Scottish Gravestones?

2018-01-28T22:11:02+00:00

A visit to Elgin Cathedral reveals a haphazard array of tombstones eerily carved with skulls, coffins and hourglasses. It seems almost morbid and creepy to us with our modern sensitivities and a culture where talk of death is taboo but let’s rewind back a few hundred years to post-reformation Scotland. In a world of poverty, [...]

Why Was the Skull and Crossbones Carved On So Many Old Scottish Gravestones?2018-01-28T22:11:02+00:00

November 2017

Doomsday: Friday the 13th and the Templar Connection

2018-02-06T23:51:51+00:00

Friday the 13th is considered to be the unluckiest day of the year and in 2017 we have the double whammy of having Friday the 13th in both in January and October. Any misadventures we encounter on this day can be attributed to the date but on this day 710 years ago, you were truly [...]

Doomsday: Friday the 13th and the Templar Connection2018-02-06T23:51:51+00:00