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December 2019

Hogmanay: The Traditions of Scotland’s New Year’s Eve

2019-12-31T12:40:20+00:00

Hogmanay is by far the biggest celebration in the Scottish year. Traditionally it surpasses Christmas in the degree to which it is celebrated. But why? From ancient times the Winter Solstice has been celebrated by the early people of Scotland. With the coming of Christianity, Christmas became a major celebration. However, during the Protestant Reformation, [...]

Hogmanay: The Traditions of Scotland’s New Year’s Eve2019-12-31T12:40:20+00:00

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

Winter Solstice: Scottish Megaliths and the World’s Oldest Calendar

2019-12-22T16:19:03+00:00

Anyone who has lived in Scotland can tell you that the Winter Solstice can be a tough time of the year, with barely any daylight hours. On 'driech' rainy days, there may be little light at all. Most people feel that they would gladly join the hibernating hedgehogs and bats in their sleep. This must [...]

Winter Solstice: Scottish Megaliths and the World’s Oldest Calendar2019-12-22T16:19:03+00:00

Doomsday: Friday the 13th and the Templar Connection

2019-12-12T16:54:17+00:00

Friday the 13th is considered to be the unluckiest day of the year and in December, 2019 we have the double whammy of having Friday the 13th and a Cold Full Moon. Any misadventures we encounter on this day can be attributed to the date but on this day 712 years ago, you were truly [...]

Doomsday: Friday the 13th and the Templar Connection2019-12-12T16:54:17+00:00

November 2019

Haunted Saint Andrews Cathedral: Saint Andrews Cathedral and the Chamber of Corpses: From Friendly Friars to Sinister Spectres

2019-11-28T19:50:08+00:00

Few places in the world can claim to have as many restless spirits as haunted Saint Andrews Cathedral. From Medieval times, Scotland has celebrated the Feast Day of its Patron Saint, Saint Andrew, on the 30th November. According to legend, some of Saint Andrew’s bones were carried across the ocean by a Greek monk named [...]

Haunted Saint Andrews Cathedral: Saint Andrews Cathedral and the Chamber of Corpses: From Friendly Friars to Sinister Spectres2019-11-28T19:50:08+00:00

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

2019-11-26T15:48:00+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 Saint2019-11-26T15:48:00+00:00

October 2019

Halloween Origins: Samhain and the Cailleach

2019-10-30T04:30:08+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 Cailleach2019-10-30T04:30:08+00:00

The Minister, The Witch and The Witch Pricker: The Tragic Tale of Kathrin Key

2019-10-15T18:42:01+00:00

Witch! This was perhaps the most fearsome word encountered by Kathrin Key, resident of the small fishing town of Newburgh in Fife. Witches were powerful. They could curse and cure, make cattle sick, kill children and fly broomsticks. Their magical abilities came from the devil. Satan! Auld Nick! In order to gain that power, they [...]

The Minister, The Witch and The Witch Pricker: The Tragic Tale of Kathrin Key2019-10-15T18:42:01+00:00

September 2019

Badanluig: the Lost Village in The Scottish Highlands

2019-09-07T22:54:52+00:00

Rubble is all that is left of the tiny settlement of Badanluig, once home to a proud people who pitted themselves against the land and sea and eeked out a meager survival in the Scottish Highlands. It is here they loved and raised their children. It was here that cruel landlords had them cast out [...]

Badanluig: the Lost Village in The Scottish Highlands2019-09-07T22:54:52+00:00

August 2019

Isobel Gowdie: A Witch Trial Extraordinaire in Auldearn, Scotland

2019-08-08T21:50:50+00:00

Isobel Gowdie was a difficult assignment for us. Spooky Scotland has taken us to many haunted destinations. However, it seems that we pass through Auldearn on a regular occurrence to get to many other spooky sites: Cawdor Castle, Rait Castle, the Clava Cairns and Culloden Moor to name a few. On the surface, Auldearn appears [...]

Isobel Gowdie: A Witch Trial Extraordinaire in Auldearn, Scotland2019-08-08T21:50:50+00:00