The custodians of Scotland’s heritage are as numerous and diverse as the historic sites themselves. National organisations care for many of the country’s castles, battlefields, kirks, and curiosities, yet some of the most innovative and passionate work I’ve seen has come from small, local groups. As a way to shine a much-deserved spotlight in their…Details
Bonnie Prince Charlie and all that: The Scotlanders take on the Jacobite Trail challenge
We all know they had a Bonnie Prince, but who really were the Jacobites? The latest Scotlanders expedition brought us to almost every corner of Scotland in search of their stories. Outlander has brought the Risings to the international stage in spectacular fashion, with visitor numbers already reaching all-time highs at certain filming sites. In that spirit we took to the Jacobite Trail, a new network of 26 sites with connections to all eras and sides of the Jacobite Risings. From war-torn castles and somber battlefields to marvels of nature like Glencoe, it’s a marvellous journey.Details
The Scotlanders on the Burns Trail
January is that time of year when one of our most famous sons steps in to hog the tourism limelight and haggis sales go through the roof! Robert Burns was an awful lot more than just a poet and his works and influence have been endlessly studied and admired over the centuries. Despite the plethora of statues of him around the world and the fact that Auld Lang Syne is second only to ‘Happy Birthday’ as the most sung piece of work in existence, he was in reality a relatively simple man. Being so close to the source we’re fortunate then to be able to walk in his footsteps, frequent his favourite spots and reflect on his inspirations.Details
One of the questions that we are travel bloggers get asked more than most is for help in creating the perfect Scotland travel itinerary. I actually started my early dabblings in Scottish tourism with the creation of such things – specifically to help visitors to Scotland to get the most out of their own travels.…Details
Some will suggest you can’t get a real feel for a place unless you have an undisclosed time to explore, engage and immerse. I beg to differ. I had just six hours to spend on Shetland for the first time, but certainly didn’t stop me from falling in love.
I’m often drawn to a particular point on the map following the discovery of an unusual place to stay. For the September weekend, this method of selection saw me lured to pretty Perthshire by an idyllic hideaway known as the Summer Howf.
Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of the most photogenic cities in the world. There’s no shortage of sights and streets to capture in the city, but most of them have already been bombarded by tourists and photographers. This leaves you with only the perspective to play with, the opportunity to capture it in a way it…Details