The ‘Lang Dreel’: Walking the Great Glen Way

The ‘Lang Dreel’: Walking the Great Glen Way

A few years ago, I walked the West Highland Way, Scotland’s best-known and most popular long distance walking path. Since then, I’ve completed many long day walks but nothing of comparable scale. One of the issues with other long-distance paths in Scotland is that there aren’t the same facilities for walkers at the end of […]

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Greyfriars’ Bobby and Bum the Dog!

Greyfriars’ Bobby and Bum the Dog!

Edinburgh became the sister city of San Diego, USA in 1977. Sister cities were the result of an initiative by President Dwight D. Eisenhower who believed that twinning cities and connecting people at the community level would forge strong international relations and build trust which would result in a more peaceful world. These two cities shared […]

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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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The Northern Lights and The Merry Dancers

The Northern Lights and The Merry Dancers

Recently people living in Scotland witnessed spectacular displays of the Northern Lights far more than previous years. Even here in Edinburgh we saw them. Tim Peake up in the international space station also watched them. The northern lights are also known as ‘Aurora borealis’ and the southern lights as ‘Aurora australis.’ In Roman mythology Aurora […]

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Behind the Anglo Norman Veil: A holiday message about Gaelic vernacular economics

Behind the Anglo Norman Veil: A holiday message about Gaelic vernacular economics

One of the things that discourages individuals from recognizing and exploring, not to mention enjoying, their Scottish Gaelic heritage is the widespread view that the only distinct aspect of Gaelic culture was, and is, its Celtic language. Many people consciously and unconsciously are assured that beyond “Ceud Mile Failte” and “Slainte”, Gaelic culture is basically little […]

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Getting comfortable with Gaelic’s indigenous side – a few things to consider

Getting comfortable with Gaelic’s indigenous side – a few things to consider

Some of the advantages that accompany engagement with one’s Gaelic heritage are the wonderful and useful bits of relevance that a Gaelic past brings to modern life. That’s right. Lessons learned from a Gaelic perspective can be productively relevant to difficult problems we face today. Consider the following: Gaelic tradition introduces community oriented and inclusive perspective in an increasingly exclusive and inward looking […]

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