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...]

Boyne Castle – Scotland and its castle ruins

At first mention, Boyne Castle sounds like just another Scottish castle. Unless one knows this castle. It is regarded as a highly impressive work of architecture. However, the castle has a minor flaw. Up to the 18th century, this Scottish castle had been cherished. But then, it began to decay. The maintenance of the building… [Read more...]

Speaking a Foreign Language

How clumsy on the tongue, these acquired idioms, after the innuendos of our own. How far we are from foreigners, what faith we rest in one sentence, hoping a smile will follow on the appropriate face, always wallowing between what we long to say and what we can, trusting the phrase is suitable to the… [Read more...]

A Red, Red Rose

1794 O my Luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June: O my Luve’s like the melodie, That’s sweetly play’d in tune. As fair art thou, my bonie lass, So deep in luve am I; And I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a’ the seas gang dry. Till a’ the… [Read more...]