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

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

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

2021-01-21T20:34:13+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 [...]

Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns: Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem2021-01-21T20:34:13+00:00

Did Robert Burns’ Trip to Rosslyn Inspire lines from his Poem Tam o’ Shanter?

2021-01-21T20:32:46+00:00

On the 25th of January, Burns’ Suppers are held all around the world to celebrate the birth of the great Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. Perhaps one of his most well-known poems’ is  Tam o' Shanter. Is it possible that lines to this poem were inspired by his trip to Rosslyn Castle in 1787? A Trip [...]

Did Robert Burns’ Trip to Rosslyn Inspire lines from his Poem Tam o’ Shanter?2021-01-21T20:32:46+00:00

December 2020

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

October 2020

The Lore of the Scottish Rowan Tree

2020-10-21T20:41:48+00:00

The rowan tree has a special place in the hearts of the Scottish people. It was once worshipped by the Druids, planted near the doorways of homes as a protection from witches, used as part of the rituals in quarter-day celebrations and features prominently in Scottish folklore. Perhaps the most famous is the tale of [...]

The Lore of the Scottish Rowan Tree2020-10-21T20:41:48+00:00

September 2020

The Gorbals’ Vampire: The Iron-toothed, Child Eater who Terrorised Glasgow

2020-10-15T16:48:39+00:00

The words ‘The Gorbals’ Vampire’ spread from lip to lip. Wide-eyed, the children relished the horror of the tale. It had pale skin! Its eyes were red! They glowed in the dark! It was seven foot tall!  It had sharpened fangs made of iron. You will never guess where it lives! In the Gravy (The [...]

The Gorbals’ Vampire: The Iron-toothed, Child Eater who Terrorised Glasgow2020-10-15T16:48:39+00:00

June 2020

The Battle of Bannockburn: The Making of the Bruce Legend

2020-10-15T19:31:37+00:00

The Battle of Bannockburn fought on the 23rd and 24th of June 1314, was a turning point in Scottish History. To a large extent, it was this battle which made Robert the Bruce the legend he is in modern-day Scotland.  The Scots were greatly outnumbered and yet they won the day. But what happened at [...]

The Battle of Bannockburn: The Making of the Bruce Legend2020-10-15T19:31:37+00:00

Calanais: The Sun, The Moon, The Goddess and The Stones

2020-10-15T18:05:34+00:00

Many people visit the Calanais Stones, on the Isle of Lewis at sunrise on the Summer solstice. They have heard a legend about the arrival of the ‘Shining One’ and go there in the hope of catching a glimpse of this being. But what is the story behind the myth and why are the Calanais [...]

Calanais: The Sun, The Moon, The Goddess and The Stones2020-10-15T18:05:34+00:00
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