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James Taylor – “The Father of the Ceylon Tea Industry”

James Taylor – “The Father of the Ceylon Tea Industry”

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Over the weekend of the 22nd to the 24th of August, Scotland’s Tea Festival will be hosting a series of events in Laurencekirk and Auchenblae in Aberdeenshire celebrating tea and Scotland’s contribution to the tea industry, particularly focusing on the life of local born man James Taylor, who was known as the “The Father of […]

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Grandfather Mountain: A ScotClans American Adventure…

Grandfather Mountain: A ScotClans American Adventure…

| July 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

A few months ago we received an email from Sue McIntosh president of COSCA (the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations) The email contained an invitation to join them over at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in North Carolina. We considered the invitation for about half a second before jumping at the chance; Grandfather Mountain must […]

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A Northward Meandering – Walking the West Highland Way – Part Four.

A Northward Meandering – Walking the West Highland Way – Part Four.

| May 21, 2014 | 4 Comments

In the last instalment of this blog I had reached the campsite at Inveroran, the final three stages of my walk would take me across the infamous Rannoch Moor to Glencoe, then on to Kinlochleven and through the Lairig Mhor to Fort William. Day 6 Inveroran to Glencoe Today was one of the days that […]

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A Northward Meandering – Walking the West Highland Way – Part Three.

A Northward Meandering – Walking the West Highland Way – Part Three.

| May 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Having completed what is regarded as the hardest section of the West Highland Way. would I be able to continue?…. After a welcome pub meal I crawled back to my tent and called home. That evening I had wrestled with the dilemma of what to do now; my feet were in a sorry state and […]

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A Northward Meandering – Walking the West Highland Way – Part Two.

A Northward Meandering – Walking the West Highland Way – Part Two.

| May 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

In part one of this series of blogs on my West Highland Way walk I had reached the first stop at Drymen. Still ahead of me would be 7 days of walking and some of the most challenging sections of Scotland’s most popular long distance path. Day 2: Drymen to Rowardrennan My first night under […]

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A Northward Meandering – Walking the West Highland Way – Part One.

A Northward Meandering – Walking the West Highland Way – Part One.

| May 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

For several years I’ve been planning to walk the West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s best known long distance walks that runs for 96 miles from Milgavie just north of Glasgow all the way to Fort William in the North West Highlands. I have just returned from finally managing to complete this incredible and iconic […]

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Scotland’s Most Inspiring Places: A Personal View

Scotland’s Most Inspiring Places: A Personal View

| May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Having seen dozens of top ten places to visit in Scotland, mostly compiled by tourist guides who’s writers have barely scratched the surface we felt it was time to weigh in with our personal view. At ScotClans we spend a lot of time travelling to parts of Scotland collecting stories and legends and capturing the […]

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A Walk to St Abbs

A Walk to St Abbs

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scotland’s East coast to the south of Edinburgh is often overlooked by tourists, preferring instead to head off into the highlands. This weekend we discovered a fascinating part of Scotland that hides a tragic story: First of all we drove down to Coldingham Sands, A fantastic secluded beach north of the village of Coldingham. This […]

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Historic Dundee Drinkers to go Under Hammer

Historic Dundee Drinkers to go Under Hammer

| April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Police mugshots of Dundee’s heaviest 20th century drinkers are set to go under the hammer next week. Published in 1905, the book depicts dozens of citizens who were banned from the city’s bars after flouting the era’s strict public drinking laws. Anyone convicted under the Inebriates Act of 1898 three times in the space of […]

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19th Century Clan Catalogue For Sale

19th Century Clan Catalogue For Sale

| April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

A rare 19th century volume of lavishly illustrated clan fashion is set to go under the hammer in Edinburgh tomorrow. Part of auction house Bonham’s Scottish sale, Costume of the Clans is an illustrated guide that shows how tartan trews and kilts were historically worn. The book, which is numbered 37 of 500 copies, is […]

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