June 2020

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


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 Stones2020-06-22T17:01:59+00:00

April 2020

Beltane Brìde


In Scotland, Beltane and May Day are almost synonymous. May Day is a Spring holiday celebrated across Europe on May the First. It has ancient origins, some which extend back into the pagan rituals of the Romans. For the Gaelic-speaking people it aligns with Beltane (or Beltainn), celebrated each year on the 30th of April. [...]

Beltane Brìde2020-04-30T15:10:35+00:00

February 2020

Saint Valentine and the Glasgow Connection


February the 14th is a time when all the romantics' hearts are set aflutter at the prospect of Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine.  People find themselves travelling around to globe to places renowned for their romantic moods. Paris, Rome and Venice all lay claim to being 'The City of Love' but did [...]

Saint Valentine and the Glasgow Connection2020-02-14T14:19:11+00:00

September 2018

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials


Between 1563 and 1763 Scotland was a country in flux and the resulting paranoia fueled the Scottish Witch Trials. Belief in witchcraft was common during the Middle Ages, but the leaders of the Catholic church were largely skeptical, seeing it as folklore rather than something sinister. Lawyers were only interested in cases were harm [...]

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials2018-10-30T19:47:55+00:00

July 2018

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus


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

February 2018

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Cawdor Castle


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

December 2017

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


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
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