The Girl That Lost Things – Poem by George MacDonald

There was a girl that lost things- Nor only from her hand; She lost, indeed-why, most things, As if they had been sand! She said, ‘But I must use them, And can’t look after all! Indeed I did not lose them, I only let them fall!’ That’s how she lost her thimble, It fell upon… [Read more...]

Huntly Castle

Huntly Castle sits on the edge of the small market town of Huntly, beside the River Deveron in Aberdeenshire. Photo: Wikipedia The magnificent ruin of this motte and bailey style castle dates from the 12th century. With its splendid architecture, Huntly Castle served as a baronial residence for five centuries. The earliest stronghold on the… [Read more...]

Address to the Deil

O Thou, whatever title suit thee! Auld Hornie, Satan, Nick, or Clootie, Wha in yon cavern grim an’ sooty Clos’d under hatches, Spairges about the brunstane cootie, To scaud poor wretches! Hear me, auld Hangie, for a wee, An’ let poor, damned bodies bee; I’m sure sma’ pleasure it can gie, Ev’n to a deil,… [Read more...]

Address To Edinburgh

Edina! Scotia’s darling seat! All hail thy palaces and tow’rs, Where once, beneath a Monarch’s feet, Sat Legislation’s sov’reign pow’rs: From marking wildly scatt’red flow’rs, As on the banks of Ayr I stray’d, And singing, lone, the lingering hours, I shelter in they honour’d shade. Here Wealth still swells the golden tide, As busy Trade… [Read more...]

Robert Burns – Scottish Poet

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Robbie Burns,[1] Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as The Bard)[2][3] was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated… [Read more...]

Langsyne, When Life was Bonnie

Langsyne, when life was bonnie, An’ a’ the skies were blue, When ilka thocht took blossom, An’ hung its heid wi’ dew, When winter wasna’ winter, Though snaws cam’ happin doon, Langsyne, when life was bonnie, Spring gaed a twalmonth roun’. Langsyne, when life was bonnie, An’ a’ the days were lang; When through them… [Read more...]

Dunnottar Castle

Situated on a rocky outcrop on the north east coast of Scotland, a few miles south from the town of Stonehaven, is Dunnottar Castle. Surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs to the North Sea and only accessible via a narrow strip of land, it is clear from the first glance that the castle holds… [Read more...]

Caithness & North Coast of Scotland

Traveling in the far north of Scotland is an experience you are unlikely to ever forget. The first impression you get is of a sense of space and vast openness. This is big country, with wide skies that go on forever and dramatic seascapes The majestic moors merge westwards into rugged craggily peaks. You simply… [Read more...]

Gordon Castle – a wedding like in the middle ages.

  Gordon Castle is characterised by several historical and architectural details. Somebody who isn’t familiar with Scotland is more likely to think of the fabled Loch Ness and the Loch Ness Monster as Scotland’s main tourist attractions. However, many Scottish castles and bridges are also frequently visited by tourists. Among these is Gordon Castle. Gordon… [Read more...]

Kellie Castle, Fife

Kellie Castle, near Pittenweem, Fife, dates from the 14th Century, although it is possible an earlier building stood on the site. The Oliphant family took over the site in 1360, and it is not clear whether the original tower house was standing at that time or whether the Oliphants built it. During the following centuries,… [Read more...]