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    Unicorn Mercat Crosses in Scottish Towns

    Dundee Mercat Cross © 2006 Scotiana

    Having travelled many times around Scotland, I noticed that many Scottish towns have a unicorn carved on the pinnacle of its ‘Merkat’ Cross.

    Why so?…

    Because the ‘Mercat’ (market) cross was the traditional heart of the burgh and although we now look at the unicorns as a mythical […]

    The Best of Scotland: Orkney Islands…

     

    Ferry crossing to Orkney © 2003 Scotiana

    Dear readers,

    Today, in our quest of the best of Scotland, I invite you to discover the Orkney Islands, one of our favourite Scottish places. There is something magical in these islands of the North, something different than in mainland Scotland. In sharing our pictures with […]

    The Iron Man of Loch Earn, near St Fillans, Perthshire…

     

    The iron man of Loch Earn hills and rhodos © 2015 Scotiana

    At the end of last May, on our road from St Fillans to Glenturret Distillery (the famous “Grouse Experience”) and Drummond Gardens, as we were driving along loch Earn in a lovely area of Perthshire, we suddenly fell upon the enigmatic […]

    Back from Scotland: the Magic of Alba…

     

    Fyvie Castle Mairiuna opening the gate © 2015 Scotiana

    What would he find there ? What new friends would he make ?

    What new songs would he sing ? Over what graves would he stand a moment in thought ?

    (In Search of Scotland – […]

    The Best of Scotland – Argyll & The Isles: Iona…

     

    Sailing on towards Iona aboard the Calendonian MacBrayne ferry © 2003 Scotiana

     

    Hi everybody,

    Our journey goes on in Argyll and the Isles, in search of the best of Scotland and today a little passenger ferry will lead us to Iona, one of the jewels of Argyll & The Isles.

    With its […]