Drovers and reivers – moving cattle the hard way

By Elizabeth McQuillan In the absence of lush grazing, and before the arrival of farm machinery, Scottish cattlemen had a pretty tough time going about...

The bloody battle of Glasgow's Tiananmen Square

By Elizabeth McQuillan Those old enough to remember watching the TV in 1989 will likely remember the images of tanks rolling into Tiananmen Square, flanked...

Five memorable film renditions of Auld Lang Syne

In response to Diane’s somewhat painful list, I thought I’d find some (mostly)nicer versions, this time from the world of cinema. Auld Lang Syne...

Interesting Scottish places: Tolbooths

By Elizabeth McQuillan A feature in all Scottish cities and burghs, the tolbooth had an important role within the community. They usually served as...

The Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Caught between the west coast of Argyll and the Isle of Jura is one of Scotland’s hidden treasures – if, that is, you consider...

Interesting Scottish places: Faskally, the centre of Scotland

By Elizabeth McQuillan Close to the banks of the Tummel, near Pitlochry in Perthshire, sits the megalithic Faskally Cottages stone circle, taking pride of place...

Interesting Scottish places: the woodland floor

By Elizabeth McQuillan Scottish woodlands are burgeoning with glorious wild edible mushrooms at this time of the year, and we have an enviable reputation amongst...

The Scottish Saint celebrated in the Papal Visit

When Pope Benedict XVI flies into Edinburgh on Thursday, he will be surrounded by memories of the man considered to be Scotland’s first saint....

Interesting Scottish places: Fettes College

By Elizabeth McQuillan I cannot walk past Fettes College in Edinburgh and not marvel at how much fun it would be to be a student...

Interesting Scottish places: the fairy mountain

Smack bang in the centre of Scotland is a Munro that dominates both the landscape and the imaginings of numerous scientists, walkers and searchers...