Useful Gaelic Word: Sìth – Peace

Gaelic has several words which can be translated as ‘peace.’ If we are talking about the end of war or disorder, then try...

Useful Gaelic word: Righ

Rìgh: king Audio guide on how to pronounce the Gaelic word righ The Gaelic word for king is rìgh and is pronounced ree. There are...

25 things you may not know about Rabbie Burns

25 January is a significant date for any Scots because, of course, it is the date The Caledonian Mercury first came into being. There’s...

Highlighting the remarkable women of Scottish history

By Elizabeth McQuillan Looking at the history and heritage of Scotland, it is heaving with male figures that have stepped up to the mark and...

Useful Gaelic Word: Eilean – island

The word is pronounced ell-lan and, just for the grammar fans, it is a masculine noun. An older Gaelic word for island is simply...

Useful Gaelic Word: clach

Clach – Stone/rock The word is pronounced as written, bear in mind though that in Gaelic we pronounce ch as in loch or Bach, and...

Hogmanay customs

By Betty Kirkpatrick Nothing stays the same and Hogmanay is no exception. It is till alive and kicking and living in Scotland, but changes have...

Tha sinn air ar sàrachadh le rabhaidhean eagallach

Feumas gu bheil e fìor. Gu bheil Osama bin Laden na shuidhe ann an uamh ann am badeigin agus e fiadhaich. Fiadhaich, fiadhaich, fiadhaich....

Useful Gaelic word: Cù

Cù – dog Who said Gaelic spelling had to be complex and unfriendly? The Gaelic word for dog is cù and is pronounced coo –...

The 'cutty stool', fornication and Robert Burns

By Elizabeth McQuillan While a certain TV nanny may have popularised the act of punishing wayward children by imposing time-out on the "naughty step", the...