People and places

People and places

Interesting Scottish places: the Pots of Gartness

By Elizabeth McQuillan It’s a bit of a coup if you can find a place that not only holds some historical interest, but also offers...

Little traffic and lots of history on a Glen Affric cycle

The area around Glen Affric is stunning. There's wildlife galore in the ancient Caledonian forest, everything from red deer to pine marten and otters....
Duff House. Picture by Sobolevnrm

Dastardly deeds at Duff House

Duff House is anything but duff. A grand classical country pile that sits about an hour’s drive North of Aberdeen, the building itself is...

Jacobite rebellion: our newspaper’s report on the Battle of Falkirk, 1746

This website is a descendant of Scotland's first newspaper. And thanks to the Jacobite Bookshelf, we are able to reproduce the 18th century Caledonian...

THE SECOND BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN

The Statute of Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn It will take place, as the original one did, over two glorious days, at the end of...
Dunbeath Castle. Picture: Bill Henderson

Sand castle: Five Scottish beachside keeps

Dunbeath Castle, Caithness Perched precariously on a high cliff that has been chewed by the pounding sea below, Dunbeath Castle presents a grand and lonely...

MAPPING THE WILDERNESS

Assynt - one of the last wilderness areas They say Scotland has some of the last wilderness areas left in Western Europe. But where exactly...
Nicholas Hilliard's portrait of James VI

The ignoble side of noble Scottish sex lives

When it comes to sex, there can be little doubt that through history, how and with whom you were doing it very much depended...

Celebrate St Andrew’s Weekend with free tickets to top heritage attractions

Public Information Feature In an effort to persuade more people to pre-register online for this year’s St. Andrew’s celebrations, Historic Scotland is giving away...

THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE ADMIRALTY CHART

Newhailes House And nearly discovered Australia and Antarctica Alexander Dalrymple (left) was an extraordinary fellow, even for a son of the Scottish Enlightenment. He was a...