Edinburgh is one of Europe’s top visitor destinations and we have had many people ask ‘I only have one day to spend in Edinburgh – what should I see?” In many cities it would be virtually impossible to take in the main sights in one day without taking an open top bus tour or a handy […]
Back in 1820 or thereabouts there were two wee English brothers, born in Wales, by the names of John Hay Allen and Charles Hay Allen who moved to Moray, Scotland. After being there a while they changed the spelling of their name to Allan, to make it look more Scottish, but then shortened it to Hay. These two brothers are […]
Tartan is one of the most distinctive and recognisable textile in the western world and Scotland has become one with it. The earliest reports we see about tartan come from the Roman writers Virgil and Tacitus who wrote that the picts/celts were wearing striped, sometimes across, cloaks, shiny and bright. Tacitus also says they were […]
Hobbie Noble of the Crew in Bewcastle, Cumberland was disowned by his own folk but found favour across the English Scottish Border in Liddesdale with the mighty Armstrongs of Mangerton. He would be betrayed back to the English by an unlikely source, the Armstrongs of the Mains.