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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 […]

    Dundee: ‘One City, Many Discoveries’…

     

    Dundee from the other side of the Tay Bridge © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee, one of Scotland’s seven cities, has acquired a few names over the years:

    ‘Jute, Jam and Journalism’

    ‘One City, Many Discoveries’,

    ‘UNESCO City of Design’.

    Scotland seven “cities” are […]

    Miss Toward’s Tenement House .. .. ..

     

    Tenement House, Buccleuch Street, Glasgow © National Trust for Scotland

    Bonjour Marie-Agnes, Janice et Jean-Claude –

    Ca va bien? – How are you all today? Margaret and I love to read all the letters you send us, so full of kindness and bonhomie! Our readers here at Scotiana may not know that your […]

    Edinburgh Airport break records!

    Since it is not everyday that great events are spread amongst the news broadcasting networks, I’m happy to share a great moment in time here on Scotiana’s blog, in case you missed it when it came out.

    Edinburgh Airport is now the first Scottish airport to handle more than 10 […]

    A journey around Scotland: up and down the Royal Mile …

    Wednesday 5 September

    Today we are leaving our cosy wigwam at Morton’s Hall Campsite and we intend to spend the whole day in the old town of Edinburgh before taking the road to Glasgow. The weather is fine. In our journey around Scotland, we look forward with much anticipation to our last day in the […]