The Stone of Scone

Saturday, August 21st, 2010
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Up the river Perth there is an old abbey, surrounded by trees and partially overtaken by wild nature – it is the Scone Abbey, a historical place where Scottish kings were crowned with the help of the Stone of Scone. Now long gone from it’s original place of power, the Stone still holds a great meaning, even after 700 years.

A 14th century English cleric and historian Walter Hemingford writes:

“In the monastery of Scone, in the church of God, near to the high altar, is kept a large stone, hollowed out as a round chair, on which their kings were placed for their ordination, according to custom.”

The stone has many names. Coronation Stone, Stone of Destiny, as it is said that it was deciding if a person was worth to become a king of the Scots. Jacob’s Pillow Stone, for as the legend says, it had been used by Jacob as a pillow in Haran before it was transported to Syria and later to Spain. In Scottish Gaelic – Lia Fáil. Whatever name it was, the truth is that ever since Kenneth I every monarch of Scotland, England and later Great Britain had to sit on the stone during the coronation. (more…)

5 most attractive things in Scotland

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Scotland is famous for many things – kilts, whisky, beautiful landscapes and castles. And there are five categories that you would like to visit Scotland because of:

1. Cities

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Glasgow’s Top 10 Attractions – Museums, Fine Buildings And Impressive Gardens

Monday, January 25th, 2010
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Glasgow is famous for its collection of wonderful museums and art galleries. The Burrell Collection is the city’s most famous and popular tourist attraction, drawing hundreds and thousands of visitors each year.

Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) gave his marvellous art collection to the city of Glasgow in 1944. John Meunier, Brit Anderson and Barr Gasson were responsible for the design of the modern gallery which was opened by the Queen in 1983. From magical artefacts dating back as far as the Bronze Age and much more, the Burrell Collection will certainly amaze you.

The Burrell is located on the south side of the city in the middle of Pollok Country Park. It’s easy enough to get to by public transport.

By Train: take the train at Central Station to Pollokshaws West Station. Here you’ll see signposts for the short walk to the park.

By Bus: take bus numbers 45, 47, 48 and 57 to Pollokshaws Road. (more…)

Edinburgh – Athens Of The North

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is the country’s second largest city after Glasgow. Located in the south-east of the country, Edinburgh owes its rugged setting to many Medieval and Georgian style architecture and is often considered one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.

Edinburgh replaced Scone as the capital of Scotland in 1437 and altogether has around 4,500 listed buildings in the city. A census taken in 2001 noted the population as 448,625. It’s one of Europe’s major tourist attractions bringing nearly 1 million visitors a year and is the second most visited destinations in the UK after the city of London. (more…)

Glasgow – Shopping, Pubs & Clubs

Friday, January 15th, 2010
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It’s estimated that Glasgow has over 50 nightclubs and 100 bars, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a great night out! There are venues to suit everyone’s tastes – some of the most popular traditional pubs are the Brel Bar, The Shack and The Shed, to themed bars such as the Bar Jedi which pays homage to George Lucas’s Star Wars movies, and The Cooler, which is a prison themed public house!

For the serious clubber, there are DJ’s playing the latest tunes at Archaos, the Arches, the Sub Club, Yang, Alaska and Media Nightclub to name but a few. Other popular nightclub haunts for the serious reveller include the Garage, The Savoy, Trash, the G2, Tiger-Tiger and the Velvet Rooms. (more…)

A Short Guide To Exploring Glasgow

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
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Glasgow is the perfect place for a short break, holiday or a day out exploring. It is home to internationally famous attractions all of which are close together and easily reached. Lying right in the centre of Scotland, Glasgow has superb transport links not only within the city itself, but also to and from the outskirts and countryside. From museums and art galleries to the best shopping outside of London, Glasgow has something for everybody.

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Glasgow Travel Guide

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
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Glasgow’s treasures

Glasgow is a treasure trove of art and architecture. Home to contemporary artists like Jim Lambie and David Shrigley, Glasgow has made a name for itself in the international art world.

The Glasgow School of Art is famous for its prestigious alumni and its Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture – a powerful influence for Art Nouveau and for the Modernist movement. If you are a fan of Mackintosh’s style, visit The Hill House, The Willow Tearooms, the House for an Art Lover and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – this houses one of the greatest civic art collections in Europe, including works by Botticelli, Rembrandt and Dali and many Scottish artists.

Retail therapy

Glasgow is a shopper’s paradise. It is the second-largest shopping centre in the UK with arcades, open-air markets and shopping precincts. The main shopping area is in the heart of Glasgow and is for foot traffic only. Browse the shops at your own leisurely pace in Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street. If you are looking for the perfect piece of jewellery to add the finishing touch to your outfit, head to the Argyll Arcade. It has over 30 jewellery stores and is one of Britain’s oldest covered arcades. If you prefer to do your shopping all under one roof, the Buchanan Galleries is your best option.

For the latest fashion trends visit Exchange Square, Ingram Street and Princes Square. If you are shopping for antiques, visit the Barras open-air street market in the East End and De Courcy’s Antique Craft Arcade in the West End. (more…)

Secret And Beautiful Wedding Venues In Glasgow

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
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If you are having your Scottish wedding in Glasgow and you are looking for a more unusual type of wedding venue for your ceremony or reception, then any one of these beautiful wedding venues will be worth a look.

Trades Hall
Situated in the trendy Merchant City area of Glasgow, the Trades Hall is truly a hidden gem when it comes to wedding venues. Built around 1790, it is probably one of the most important historical building in Glasgow. Impressive, sumptuous, and elegant, it is a truly memorable venue to have a wedding. It can accommodate up to 230 for the wedding meal.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (more…)

Kilt Dance

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
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Words ‘Scotland’ and ‘dance’ for many immediately conjure up mental pictures of swinging kilts. These aren’t just cliches: since the 18th century, dance has always had an important place at all levels of Scottish society and even today, it is still very much a living tradition.

There are generally three different styles of Scottish traditional dance: ceilidh dancing, country dancing and Highland dancing.

The first one is the most accessible form of our traditional dancing. The basic dances are all fairly easy to master, are few in number and comprise mostly round-the-room and set dances. The emphasis is firmly on having fun and being sociable – there is none of the regulation and competition that marks the other forms of traditional dance and the dress-code is invariably ‘come-as-you-are’. Key ingredients of a good ceilidh include enthusiasm, a good band, and usually – but not essentially – drink.  (more…)

Scotland’s Music Scene

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
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Scotland is fast becoming one of the key places for producing musical talent. Not only is it shown in the new up and coming musical talent but through the history of this cosmopolitan country. There has always been a dedication to music with many music venues and festivals all taking place in this buzzing and growing place.

New talents that have emerged over the past few years are bands like Biffy Clyro, Texas, Travis, The Fratellis, Franz Ferdinand, that have all seen worldwide fame. (more…)