Category: Scotland

Rob Roy’s Way – Part 1

I haven’t been away on holiday for many a year and when two friends suggested we put a walking holiday together, I jumped at the chance. We decided on the Rob Roy’s Way, a relatively new trail, which was created in 2002. We started out from Drymen, the official starting place being the square, which is where you’ll find the Clachan Inn. Day one was scheduled to be about twenty one miles but with re-routing we ended up walking about twenty three, finally ending up in Callander. The re-routing is something that you may come across on a few...

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Caerlaverock Castle – Scotland’s fascinating medieval fortress

Summer is here and what better way to spend a sunny day then to be out and about exploring and learning. Today’s location is Caerlaverock Castle, one of Scotland’s fascinating medieval fortresses. Caerlaverock Castle was built to control the waters of Solway Firth, the southwest entrance to Scotland. Its triangular shape is unique among British castles. When you walk over the path towards the castle you will see that it was originally surrounded by two moats, one still has water in. This and its strategic location, on three sides surrounded by sea and marshes, makes it a perfect medieval stronghold....

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Gretna Green – The village of runaway weddings

Gretna Green, a small village just over Scottish border from England in Dumfries and Galloway, and just off the A74(M). A small place that is historically known around the country and even world wide as the place for runaway weddings. The history, tales and romantic folklore together with the original ‘Blacksmiths Shop’ being in situ has kept Gretna Green to this day the marriage capital of the UK and over 5,000 marriages still taking place there yearly. Way back in 1754 the marriage laws for England and Wales changed. Those under the age of 21 must have parental consent! However,...

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Edinburgh – Inside St Giles’ Cathedral

On a recent visit to Edinburgh I wandered into St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile. The church has been the focal point of worship in Scotland for 900 years since moving on from a small affair and being formally founded, and is formally know as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. There is record of a parish church in Edinburgh since the year 854. The name St Giles came from the hermit and abbott that lived in France. His country and Scotland had great ties in the 7th Century and this was the probable reason his name means so...

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The Colourful Fronts Of Edinburgh

Just spent a couple of days in Edinburgh, our favourite UK city. One of the great things about Edinburgh is that it hasn’t been entirely taken over by the national retail chain stores – there are some great little independent shops. This combined with the great architecture and some time served, sometimes peeling, paint makes for some fantastic individualistic shop fronts. Here are some of my favourites from an early morning stroll around the Royal Mile and Grassmarket area of town. Firstly the news agents – true blue Scotsmen get your papers here…. Cafe Jacques in the Grassmarket has...

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Ben Nevis – Always A Different Climb

Ben Nevis, Scotland, the summit of which is the highest point in Britain at 1,344 metres (4,409 ft). Naturally I had made my way up to that gorgeous part of Scotland in the past on my travels. But, this was different, this was no rush up there as part of British 3 Peaks Challenge etc. I had been kindly invited to attend as a speaker on the next 4Ps Marketing conference. ‘Where would the conference exactly take place’? I asked… My suspicions where right, up high on the peak itself. Different and cool. The morning had arrived, time to get...

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