October 2020

The Scottish Origins of Halloween

2020-10-31T22:19:29+00:00

Halloween began in the dawn of history as a Celtic harvest festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). We know from the alignments of the Neolithic stone circles and cairns that the solstices were important to the early peoples in Scotland. The summer and winter solstices were easy to measure and could be used as the basis [...]

The Scottish Origins of Halloween2020-10-31T22:19:29+00:00

September 2020

Turning the Wheel of the Year

2020-10-15T18:30:41+00:00

The turning of the wheel of the year is something which is always with us. At the summer solstice, I stood watching the sunset at the Browland Standing Stones in Garmouth, one of the villages on the Spey Estuary. The standing stones make a four-poster circle which is an unusual stone circle configuration for the [...]

Turning the Wheel of the Year2020-10-15T18:30:41+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

November 2017

Scotland’s Most Haunted: Spynie Palace

2020-10-17T19:43:26+00:00

During my days at New Elgin Primary School, I’d often find myself in a huddle with my classmates as we tried to scare each other with ‘ghostie’ stories about Scotland's most haunted locations. Inevitably we would resort to telling two tales inspired by Elgin’s medieval past. Our young fertile imaginations conjured up a huge tunnel [...]

Scotland’s Most Haunted: Spynie Palace2020-10-17T19:43:26+00:00
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