Archive for September, 2009

Highland Games

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Weight throw
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How can you celebrate Scotland and Scottish culture better than just having competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics with a lot of fun, bagpipes and men in kilts? There is no better way than Highland games, events held throughout the year in Scotland but not only (i.e. USA).

In some books we can find notes about strong men in Scotland. in Middle Ages training their arms and willing to fight in wars. And after ages they were still training but not to fight on the war but to use their strength during Highland games.

There are a few athletic disciplines that are standard for those games: (more…)

Amazing Highland Sword Dance

Friday, September 25th, 2009
Highland Dancing Competition - Dornoch Highlan...
Image by foxypar4 via Flickr

Highland dances are an important part of a scottish tradition and rustic folklore of this land.  Scottish dances have a several ages of history and after that there are a lot of inspiring and well known stories left. Popular legends say about kings and heroic warriors, which dance a Highland Sword Dance before a great battle – when it had went right a combat was victorious, when the dance had been tenuous and the dancer had kicked the sword  it was a bad omen – the chieftain of the clan would expect to lose the battle. Now a Highland Sword Dance is a part of culture and tradition of Scotland and a lot of people practice this type activity in a dance groups around entire world. Thanks to the internet you can learn some basics even in your home. See films below and try to experience scottisch folklore by yourself: (more…)

Kilt Rock – a good place for thinking

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Were you ever looking for a good place for meditation, think everything through? In my opinion not every place is good for this – it’s great if it is peaceful, calm and beautiful in a way that is not disturbing.
I recommend one place: Kilt Rock on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Doesn’t it look amazing?
If you have any good experience with it please write it in your comments.

Scottish Swords – The Claymore, Scottish Dirk and Sgian Dubh

Friday, September 18th, 2009
Sgian dubh
Image by Gordon McKinlay via Flickr

If you were preparing for battle and could only bring three weapons, which would they be? Ancient Scottish warriors would have brought a Claymore for their primary weapon and a Scottish Dirk with matching Sgian Dubh for their backup.

Claymore swords had blades that were notoriously large and double-edged. These swords were basically like customized Scottish Hand And A Half Swords if you take the time to examine both styles. (more…)

Scotland Golf Vacations

Monday, September 14th, 2009
A golf ball directly before the hole

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Why don’t you choose Scotland in case you are planning to have your golf vacation in Europe ? You can find world class courses there.  Did you know that you can also find breathtaking locations that are hidden from view just waiting for tourist? Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, you can find the perfect golf vacation destination in Scotland. Going on a budget vacation might work for you too,there is no need to spend millions and since golf is just a form of recreation for many individuals.

Aberdeen – the price rate here is moderate particularly in Auchmill Golf Club. This is the best golf club of all the others in this area. Before the resort only had 9 holes but now, it already has 18 holes. You can enjoy a fantastic view of the airport and the entire city from the golf resort where you plan your stay. ed to play in this location and this may be the reason why many golfers tend to go back The resort is accessable to very few locals or tourists as the golf club in it is only and only for the elite. because the waiting list is quite long. (more…)

Scottish Celtic Symbols

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Celtic Cross, Milltown Cemetery, Belfast
Image by PPCC Antifa via Flickr

The Scottish Celtic people are also known as Pict’s, the word Pict having its roots in Latin. They lived in Northern Britain at that time and the Romans described them as being covered in pictures of animals and other figures. The Pictish people were so notoriously difficult to conquer that Hadrian, a Roman Emperor of the time, built a stone wall across Britain to keep them out of the South, effectively ceding them the North which we know today as Scotland.

Scottish Picts symbols are known for their intricate Knot Work, animals and Spirals just as Irish, British and Welsh Celtic symbols are, but they have a vast array of symbols not seen in other Celtic traditions and which are often found on Pictish Stones. There are approximately 35 different symbols depicted on these ancient stones, some are abstract while others depict animals, there also exist representations of everyday items. These stones may have served as memorials or as a way to depict clans and lineage. (more…)