June 2020

The Feast of the Nine Maidens: A Christian Feast or a Pagan Memory

2020-06-18T22:43:32+00:00

The 18th of June is the Feast Day of the Nine Maidens in Scotland. But who were these women? Did they ever exist? Were they Christian reworkings of an ancient religion tied to Goddess worship? What is the connection between the Nine Maidens, the Cailleach and Brìde? What is their connection with Edinburgh and King [...]

The Feast of the Nine Maidens: A Christian Feast or a Pagan Memory2020-06-18T22:43:32+00:00

Saint Columba: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

2020-06-09T18:16:27+00:00

The Feast Day of Saint Columba is celebrated on the 9th of June, on the anniversary of his death. In Gaelic, his name is Colum Cille which means ‘church dove’. But the princeling monk was not always the gentle servant of God: his zeal and thirst for learning sparked the first copyright dispute in history [...]

Saint Columba: The Man, the Myth, the Legend2020-06-09T18:16:27+00:00

May 2020

The Battle of Dún Nechtain: The Beginninig of the Scottish Nation

2020-05-20T16:33:55+00:00

As the Battle of Dún Nechtain was taking place, a strange incident occurred in Carlisle.  Iurminburg, Queen of Bernicia, sought refuge in a Nunnery which her sister governed as Abbess. Where else was a woman supposed to find solace when their menfolk were at war? That day she had a visitor, the recently appointed Bishop [...]

The Battle of Dún Nechtain: The Beginninig of the Scottish Nation2020-05-20T16:33:55+00:00

April 2020

The Stone of Destiny: The Holy Grail of Scotland?

2020-04-11T14:44:23+00:00

On the 11th April 1951, Scotland’s Stone of Destiny was found on the High Altar of Arbroath Abbey. The Stone had been missing for months. Some would argue that the Stone had not really been stolen for the Stone had been wrested from Scotland some seven hundred years before. But how can a simple block [...]

The Stone of Destiny: The Holy Grail of Scotland?2020-04-11T14:44:23+00:00

March 2020

Spooky Scotland’s Guide to the Scotland’s Haunted Highlands and Islands

2020-03-29T16:44:29+00:00

Perhaps nowhere in the world has as many tales of hauntings as Scotland's Haunted Highlands. The Landscape and Scotland's Haunted Highlands There is a haunting quality to the Highlands of Scotland which conjure up images of kilted clansmen appearing out of the mist. The ruins of abandoned cottages are remnants of a way of life [...]

Spooky Scotland’s Guide to the Scotland’s Haunted Highlands and Islands2020-03-29T16:44:29+00:00

January 2020

Are the Scots a Nation of Pyromaniacs? Midwinter Fire Festivals in Scotland

2020-01-27T23:35:35+00:00

I am convinced that the Scots are a nation of pyromaniacs. I used to work in a laboratory connected to a famous Scottish food factory located on the banks of the River Spey. The guys that I worked with were obsessed with lighting fires and causing explosions. Alright, so when ‘Fire Starter’ was playing on [...]

Are the Scots a Nation of Pyromaniacs? Midwinter Fire Festivals in Scotland2020-01-27T23:35:35+00:00

December 2019

Christmas in Scotland through the Ages

2019-12-29T15:52:32+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 Ages2019-12-29T15:52:32+00:00

December 2018

The Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth

2018-12-09T21:17:40+00:00

In 874 AD Maelbrigte the Tooth appeared from the shadows of Scottish history. Little is recorded of his life: most of what is known concerns his death. This is an account of Viking treachery and duplicity, of a Scottish army crushed and of poetic justice. Maelbrigte: The Pict During Maelbrigte’s lifetime he would have witnessed [...]

The Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth2018-12-09T21:17:40+00:00

July 2018

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus

2018-07-21T19:17:47+00:00

The crowds gathered at Chanonry Point, a spit of land which extends into the Moray Firth, between the Black Isle towns of Fortrose and Rosemarkie. The curse proclaiming the downfall of the house of Seaforth was still ringing in their ears. Isabella, Countess of Seaforth, was undeterred. She would have her revenge upon the man [...]

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus2018-07-21T19:17:47+00:00
Go to Top