Today, marks the 274th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, the last ever pitched battle to be fought on British soil, which took place on 16th April 1746. Below follows a description of the Battle from the National Trust for Scotland: It was here that the Jacobite army took theirRead More →

April 6, 2020 marks the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath which is widely seen as Scotland’s most iconic document. It evokes the sentiments of sovereign independence which gives is special distinction not only for Scotland but throughout the world. The Declaration is a letter written to the PopeRead More →

Beltane or Beltain is the Gaelic May Day festival most commonly held on 1 May 1st, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Mann. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals along with Samhain (NovemberRead More →

Pipe and drum bands have become a popular symbol of Scottish ethnicity, as they are seen as “an extension of the Victorian ideal of the fighting romantic Highlander.” Few would argue that bagpipes are as uniquely Scottish and any other symbol of the nation, and I doubt there is anyoneRead More →

November 30th is the traditional feast day of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Although he never visited Britain, his traditions have become forever ensconced in Scottish Culture.   Who was St. Andrew St. Andrew was a fisherman from Galilee who became one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus.Read More →