January 2020

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

2020-10-15T20:37:18+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.2020-10-15T20:37:18+00:00

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

2020-10-15T21:02:57+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?2020-10-15T21:02:57+00:00

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

2020-10-15T21:17:09+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 Poem2020-10-15T21:17:09+00:00

November 2019

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

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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 Saint2019-11-26T15:48:00+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

Stoor Worm: Orkney’s Dragon

2020-10-16T18:15:40+00:00

Does Orkney’s Tale of the Stoorworm have its origins in Viking Folklore? You may never have heard of Mester Stoor Worm. Yet perhaps like us, you have been following the latest episodes of ‘Vikings’ or ‘The Last Kingdom’. You may have read our recent blog about Viking treachery in the ‘Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth’. [...]

Stoor Worm: Orkney’s Dragon2020-10-16T18:15:40+00:00

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

November 2018

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

2020-10-16T19:00:08+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 King2020-10-16T19:00:08+00:00

Haunted Scottish Highlands: The Handless Wraith of Rait Castle

2020-10-16T19:08:43+00:00

When it comes to dark history, Rait Castle has it all: a tale of forbidden love, two feuding families, a banquet treacherously planned with murder in mind, a betrayal, a massacre and a ghost known as the ‘Wraith of Rait’. The ruined remains of this 14th Century building are a fine example of a Hall [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: The Handless Wraith of Rait Castle2020-10-16T19:08:43+00:00

August 2018

The Demise of the Water Horse of Loch-Na-Beiste

2020-10-16T19:42:25+00:00

The beach at Mellon Udrigle, in Wester Ross, is stunning: aqua blue waves lap against white sands, giving the shoreline an almost tropical feel. However, the backdrop is distinctly Scottish, with views of Suilven, the mountains of Coigach and An Teallach, ‘the Forge'. Yet, for all the tranquillity of the spot, once upon a time, [...]

The Demise of the Water Horse of Loch-Na-Beiste2020-10-16T19:42:25+00:00
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