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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The power of kilts

Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Clan McKenzie tent at the 2005 Tacoma Highland...
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Kilts, as we know them, were adapted from 16th century Highland garments that are believed to have been heavily influenced by the clothing worn by the Vikings and Normans that conquered the British Isles in the 8th Century. The word kilt is thought to come from the Danish word “kilte,” meaning “to tuck up” which is believed to have been derived from “kjalta,” meaning “to tuck up a garment or to secure hanging fabric with a belt” in Old Scandinavian and/or the Old Norse word “kjilt,” meaning “pleated or folded fabric layers.”

Whatever the case, kilts came to be a symbol of rebels and warriors and are still worn by Scottish Regiments of the British Army. The wearing of kilts among the Celtic/Gaelic people spread as their tribes migrated in all directions throughout Europe and around the world. Over the past 200 years, the kilt has become a potent symbol of Scottish pride taking hold in the traditions of the many cultures that experienced Celtic influence from the Dark Ages through present, particularly those wishing to demonstrate kinship and solidarity with the Highlanders of Scotland, whether or not they themselves were of Scottish ancestry. (more…)

Amazing Highland Sword Dance

Friday, September 25th, 2009
Highland Dancing Competition - Dornoch Highlan...
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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.