Category: Scotland’s history

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Robert Burns in Dumfries – Top Things to do

Celebrating Robert Burns in Dumfries at The Big Burns Supper An ordinarily quiet month in the calendars for most of us, January sparks Scots around the world into life with the annual celebration of the works of one of our favourite sons. January 25th is the birthday of our national treasure Robert Burns and I’m

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The Scottish Castle Experience – Some top picks

Top Scottish Castles to Visit in 72 Hours As you will be aware by now, I’m partial to a good castle. With hundreds of ruins and palaces on offer throughout this land, it would require a solid 6 month sabbatical to experience every one of them. Allow me to narrow it down a little.

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Visiting the Outlander Filming Locations

Craigh na Dun and other top Outlander locations Outlander has and is doing wonders for the Scottish tourism industry. With two blockbuster seasons now under their belts, the works of Diana Gabaldon have gone down a storm, particularly with our friends from across the pond. Depicting the action-packed journey of Claire and Jamie, it’s a

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A Day Trip to Falkland in Fife

Top Things to do in Falkland, Fife For those looking for an introduction to the subtle charm of Fife, Falkland is a wonderful place to start. The East Neuk coastal route pulls in summer visitors in droves but few make the sojourn inland. Well, until Outlander chose the town as a filming location that is.

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Exploring Dollar Glen in Clackmannanshire

Walking in and exploring Dollar Glen It’s one of those startlingly rare days when the sun comes screaming around the curtains at dawn and you know Scotland is in for a scorcher. What to do? Where to go? We’re not used to this you see, it’s not like we’ve had much time to prepare. In

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Taking a Day Trip to Perth – Scotland’s former capital

A Perth Day Trip With the smell of the Highlands in the air, today I’m adding to my recent journeys around Perthshire with a long-overdue Perth day trip. Although a city (re-instated to this official status in 2012), Perth is amongst the most relaxed and calm hubs in the country.

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A History Tour of Dumfries and Galloway

A History Journey Through Dumfries and Galloway Scotland’s south west corner is arguably the most tragically overlooked slice of this fair land. But rest assured. As part of my latest campaign with the Scotlanders, we’re trying to do something about that. With history as my theme, I charge hell for leather around the best attractions

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Top Things to do with a Weekend in Orkney

Orkney Highlights – Weekend Ideas I consider the Scottish islands to be amongst the most diverse assortments of geographic wonder I’ve ever seen. Nowhere underlines the extremity of this diversity better than Orkney. While the Western Isles can fight it out for one end of the spectrum, Orkney has the other. Comparing rugged, almost-volcanic-in-their-scale landscapes

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A Visit to Lanark – Home of William Wallace

A Day Trip to Lanark When thinking of top day trips from Central Scotland, chances are Lanark is not one of the first places that will jump out at you. Southern Scotland in general is grossly under-visited but, for historians especially, this is where so much of Scotland’s best bits can be unearthed. With a

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Top Things to do in Scotland in 2016

Five Tips for Top Things to do in Scotland in 2016 It’s that time of year again. A particularly sodden winter is nearly over, darkness descends slightly later each night and thoughts start to wander to travel plans for the year ahead. It’s one of my favourite times, pencilling in destinations and activities and mapping

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Things to do Around Edinburgh – Top Day Trip Ideas

Things to do around Edinburgh

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It’s more than just whisky in Moray!

Reasons to visit Moray – a weekend in the north east

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A trip to Falkirk, home of The Kelpies

The Scotlanders Visit Falkirk

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A photography tour of the Scottish Highlands

Caledonian Light Review – a photographer’s view of the Highlands

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Exploring Argyll – a visit to the Ardkinglas Estate

Ardkinglas Review: Picking out some of the hidden gems of Argyll

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A weekend in Ayrshire

Top Things to do in Ayrshire

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Highlights from an outdoor themed weekend in Fife

Best outdoor activites in Fife – some weekend highlights

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Abbotsford House – the Scotlanders visit the Borders

An Abbotsford House review, home of Sir Walter Scott

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Follow the path of Jamie and Claire with our Outlander itinerary

Outlander itinerary

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The History of Linlithgow

A Linlithgow History Tour

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A Guest Blog from Orkney by David Weinczok

Ancient Orkney: A 4-Day Saga Through the Gem Atop Scotland’s Crown

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A visit to Smoo Cave in Sutherland

Smoo Cave Scottish Highlands

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10 of the best: Great Scottish Castles

My top 10 Scottish Castles

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Is Stirling Castle the best in Scotland?

Stirling Castle’s history and why it’s one of Scotland’s best

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Why Mull is one of Scotland’s most popular spots

Things to do on the Isle of Mull

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Touring around some of Scotland’s top historical sights

A Scottish Independence Tour

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Estates don’t come better than Ayrshire’s Culzean

Visiting Culzean Castle and Country Park

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Pilgrim or lover of the outdoors, the Isle of Iona is a must

There’s more than one reason to visit Iona

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Castle hunting in war-ravaged Southern Scotland

Caerlaverock Castle

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Exploring Glenfinnan and that famous view over Loch Shiel

Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel

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The stunning panorama atop Dumbarton Rock

Why I wouldn’t want to attack Dumbarton Castle

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The Scottish Highland Games experience

A day out at the Stirling Highland Games

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Prepare for the unexpected and spectacular at Dunrobin Castle

A day trip to Dunrobin Castle

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Off the tourist trail in Falkland, Fife

Falkland Palace and why it is well worth a stop

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Great Scottish Drives: Aberdeen to Elgin

The Glorious Journey from Aberdeen to Elgin

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A peaceful treasure in Dumfries and Galloway

Exploring Threave Castle, Estate and Gardens

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Scottish Independence and the role of Arbroath Abbey

The Arbroath Declaration and Arbroath Abbey

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A visit to Culloden battlefield

The Jacobite Rising and the Battle of Culloden

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The David Livingstone Centre and Bothwell Castle

Things to do near Glasgow

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Highlights of a drive around Loch Ness

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

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Craigievar Castle – have you ever visited a pink castle?

Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire

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The East Neuk of Fife

Things to do in Fife – driving the East Neuk

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My top 10 reasons to love Scotland

The Best of Scotland

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A day out at one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions

Edinburgh Castle blog

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The new visitor centre for the Battle of Bannockburn

The Battle of Bannockburn

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