The Flower of Scotland!

The Flower of Scotland!

  The thistle is the national flower of Scotland, much like the rose is the national flower of England and the United States. Today we’re going to look at two interesting things about this flower, the tale as to why it became the national flower and also the unofficial national anthem it inspired. There are […]

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Òrain Gàidhlig – Scottish Gaelic Song

Òrain Gàidhlig – Scottish Gaelic Song

One of the experiences that stood out the most on my Highland adventure a few months back was the amount of Scottish Gaelic I encountered. From road and railway station signs, to the greeting displayed on the entrance to McDonalds in Inverness, this was my first encounter with Scotland’s oldest surviving spoken language. It’s something […]

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Highland Clearances Influence Composer

Highland Clearances Influence Composer

A new soundtrack by a Scottish composer has been influenced by the infamous Highland Clearances of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Kildonan, the latest work by Sutherland based composer Robert Aitken, draws on traditional, contemporary and classical styles to create an album that evokes the forced eviction of people from their lands. During the industrial […]

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A song from the heart

A song from the heart

Scotland has a long tradition of being a lyrical and musical nation – drawing deep from the well of human emotion. Every song sung has an origin in who we are as a people, our culture and our peculiar Celtic perspective on life. Here is the story behind three of our best known songs

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