Sunday, August 1st, 2010
Whether you are planning an adventure to travel to Scotland or you are interested in studying the history of the country, you will be fascinated by the legends and lore of Scotland. When researching Scottish legends, the first thing that most people think of is the Loch Ness Monster or William Wallace but the history of Scotland has produced some of the more interesting legends that people are not aware of.
The history of Halloween can be traced back to Scotland where it began as a religious celebration of the end of summer, called Samhain. Samhain is a Druid festival that marked the time of the year when the days grew shorter and darkness started earlier.
The Shellycoat is condidered the Scottish boogeyman, Boobrie is a legendary water bird that haunts Scottish lakes, Fachan is a creature who dwells in the western highlands of Scotland, Red Cap is an evil creature who lives in a castle on Scotland’s border. (more…)
Friday, June 19th, 2009
Edinburgh, against the appearance, is not the biggest city of Scotland. But it’s still its capital. Although Glasgow is the biggest Scottish town it’s typical industrial town, that’s why it wouldn’t be a best place to represent Scotland on the world.
Edinburgh has become a capital of Scotland in 1437 year, and since 1999 it is also a base of Scottish Parliament. Due to its closeness to England Edinburgh was during hundreds of years attacked by English army. Scottish people who wanted to feel safer had built defensive walls. They were functioning till XVIII-century when Scotland united with England as a supreme country. Political life has stopped, London was major town those days. But cultural life was in its best.
In late XVIII-century town was divided into two parts – old and new. Those part were splitt by Princess Street Gardens. In XIX century the old town was devastated by a huge fire. Nowadays its a heart of medieval part of Edinburgh where most important monuments of Scotland are situated like in example Holyrood Palace, St Giles Cathedral and John Knox’s house. The main street of this part of Edinburgh is Royal Mile that connects Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. It’s a main point of tourists trips. (more…)
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
“You tak’ the high Road an’ I’ll tak’ the low road” and we will enjoy a Scottish vacation together, in the Scottish highlands and in the lowlands of Bonnie Scotland. Most people visit Edinburgh and then claim they have “done Scotland”. Others head straight for the Isle of Skye or for Gleneagles Hotel or St. Andrews for a round of golf and then claim the same thing.
You don’t “do Scotland” in a day, or even a few days. Ten days to two weeks is what it takes to experience what Scotland has to offer, and even that is nothing more than a taste of more to come should you wish to return – and most do. So what is needed for you to see Scotland in all her glory? This proud country that has withstood the ravages of invading English, sometimes with great success and sometimes not? (more…)
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
When you are looking for facts about Scotland it is no surprise that the history of Scotland and Scotland tourism play a very strong part. Here are some facts about Scotland that you will find interesting.
1. History of Scotland
Scottish history can be traced back over 10,000 years when the first inhabitants arrived. The modern history of Scotland involves the many battles with their English neighbours in which the battle of Bannockburn was significant as Robert the Bruce and the Scots army defeated the English. Throughout the next few centuries there continued to be tensions and battles with the English but the act of union in 1707 united Scotland and England and they were governed by a shared parliament. However, Scotland remains a fiercely proud country and although still part of the United Kingdom the Scottish people have their own parliament and most would consider themself Scottish before British. (more…)
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Edinburgh’s Top 10 Attractions
The first and most obvious attraction is Edinburgh Castle – you could easily spend half a day here. (more…)
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
Scotland is full of great places to visit, from Edinburgh Castle to the ski resorts of the Highlands. Whether travelers are looking for peace and quiet or a hustling and bustling city, the country has something for everyone.
Backpackers in Scotland seeking a taste of the great outdoors will find the country is home to some of the best walking and hiking trails in the UK. The Dalbeattie to Colvend Trail is particularly popular for a hiking break. The three-hour walk runs through the Dalbeattie Forest, which is home to a large population of Red Squirrels. (more…)