Visit Scotland Quiz. In which historic Fife town is Stinking Wynd ? Find the answer here.
Friday, 29 June 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Visit Thirlestane Castle, Scottish Borders, Scotland. Located near Lauder, this is one of the great houses of Scotland. Originally dating from the thirteenth century, it became the home of the Maitland family in the sixteenth century.
Visit Leuchars, Fife, Scotland. When visiting St Andrews it is worth taking the short drive to Leuchars. This small town has a wonderful Norman Church, with chancel and apse dating from the early thirteenth century.
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Visit Iona. Iona is a beautiful island steeped in religious history. St. Columbia founded his monastery here in the sixth century, and the islands holds a unique place in the spiritual and cultural history of Scotland. Mairi MacArthur shares her deep knowledge of Iona's past, its folklore and landscape. Iona (Colin Baxter Island Guides).
Visit Mull. Mull is an astonishingly diverse island. Sheltered on its east side by Morvern and Ardnamurchan, the western side of the island in contrast is an altogether more dramatic landscape, punctuated by indented sea lochs and battered by Atlantic gales. Mull has many fascinations, startling geology, an abundance of wildlife such as eagles and sea eagles, whales, dolphins, otters and many other species. In this book, acclaimed Scottish photographer John MacPherson celebrates the extraordinary natural beauty of one of Scotland's most famous islands. Mull (Images of Scotland).
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
The Scots language in one volume, from the earliest records to the present day. The dictionary gives meanings of words, as well as pronunciations and etymologies and indication of where and when they are, or were, used. The Concise Scots Dictionary.
Monday, 25 June 2007
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Saturday, 23 June 2007
Friday, 22 June 2007
Sunday, 17 June 2007
Friday, 15 June 2007
Battle of Falkirk in 1298 at Falkirk, Scotland. The Battle of Falkirk. Combatants were Sir William Wallace against King Edward I of England. After Wallace's victory at Stirling, he was knighted and given the title Guardian of Scotland. Edward I, on the other hand, was in Flanders, hoping to secure new land for the English crown. On hearing of the defeat of his entire northern army, he headed home. He then marched north with 87,500 troops. Wallace could only muster about one third of that. When Edward arrived in Kirkliston, he considered retreating after he saw the Lothians had become a desert. However, two Scottish knights sent a message to him, betraying Wallace's whereabouts. The following day, Edward's army rode to Falkirk where they attacked the Scots. The Scottish knights also betrayed Wallace, turning and riding from the field at the vital moment. Like most of the Scottish nobles, they would rather have fought for the English where they believed chivalry was best served. The Scots army suffered severe slaughter. The retreating body of Wallace's men was too small to hold Stirling and had to pass it by. There was little gain in Edward's victory, but he had defeated Wallace. On the banks of the River Forth, Wallace sadly renounced his guardianship. He was now an outlaw again.
The taking of Stirling Bridge over the Forth by the Scots marks the point where the first great battle of the Scottish wars of independence was won. The heavily equipped English army, now divided into two, struggle to fight in the heavy ground of the river plain. In the centre the Scots Captain Wallace can be seen slaying treasurer Cressingham, while to the right lies a fatally wounded Sir Andrew de Moray.
Loudon Hill. In 1296 an English convoy escorting a shipment of looted gold was passing through the Irvine valley to the port of Ayr. It was led by an English Knight by the name of Fenwick, who in 1291 had killed the father of William Wallace, Sir Malcolm. Wallace, who was fighting a guerilla war on the English invaders, planned an attack at Loudon Hill where the road on which Fenwicks convoy was traveling had to pass through a steep gorge. Wallace had about fifty men and Fenwick close to one hundred and eighty. The Scots blocked the road with debris and attacked on foot. The English charged, but the Scots held firm. Fenwick armed with a spear, turned his horse in the direction of Wallace, who in turn felled Fenwicks horse with his claymore. The unhorsed Englishman was no match on the ground where he, along with one hundred of his convoy, met their deaths. Scottish History.
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Visit Scotland for Salmon Fishing. Our prime fishing beats on the River Tay, Scotland, offer a good variety of salmon fishing during spring, summer and autumn months. World famous Scottish fishing beats.