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What Now Scotland?

What Now Scotland?

| September 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

What now Scotland?….. Last Thursday evening I set my alarm for 2am and took to bed early, the fridge was stocked with snacks and beer and a bottle of wine sat in the kitchen, champagne seemed too much like tempting fate. I checked my phone just before 2.00 to find a message from a friend, Clackmannanshire […]

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The View From the Ground in Aberdeen

The View From the Ground in Aberdeen

| September 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

It could be any other lazy, late summer afternoon today in Aberdeen. Sunlight is attempting to squeeze its way through the clouds, seagulls are circling in droves, and ship horns are belching at the city’s bulging harbour. Right on cue, the haar has begun to roll in off the North Sea, making the crowd of […]

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The World Is Watching – A View From the USA

The World Is Watching – A View From the USA

| September 15, 2014 | 5 Comments

The world is watching Scotland this week. This is nothing new to those of us who know and hold our Alban ancestors in great respect. We have been keeping an affectionate eye on Scotland for hundreds of years. Like tens of millions of others across the globe, I am descended from those of Scotland’s children […]

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Outlander on Starz

Outlander on Starz

| August 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

Fans of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon have been voicing rave reviews about the new series featured on Starz. The show itself has proved to be as difficult to categorize as the books, but no matter which genre it falls into, Outlander season one has already proven to be a hit. Perhaps the main […]

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ScotClans on the Road to the Isles

ScotClans on the Road to the Isles

| August 2, 2014 | 3 Comments

There is something about the North West coast of Scotland. Maybe it’s the ancient weather beaten rocks of the shoreline or the near perfect sandy beaches with their scattering of tiny tidal islands. Perhaps its the light or the remote locations. Whatever it is I always feel like I’ve ventured into another world, as if […]

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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 | 4 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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