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    The Massacre of Glencoe: 13 February 1692…

    Dear readers,

    The 13th February is a date marked in red ink (bloody red) on the Scottish calendar… it’s a date to remember, and indeed it has been remembered again and again, the sad history being passed from generation to generation of Scottish people … they will never forget the innocent people who fell in […]

    Celebrating Hogmanay at Onich, on the Shore of Loch Linnhe !

    Dear readers, dear friends and fans of Scotland, the whole team of Scotiana wishes you a very Happy New Year! May our Scottish adventures inspire you to travel and walk on the wonderful paths of La Belle Alba… Never more than in winter, does she wear her lovely name better…

    !!! HAPPY HOGMANAY […]

    Winter 2019-2020: more postcards from Scotland!

    So, we’ve come back from our winter trip in Scotland though, after one month of Scottish adventures we were not at all eager to leave. Days are so short in winter, still more in the north, and time passed much more quickly than during our former trips! It was quite frustrating too that so many […]

    Echoes of a tragic page of history in the mountains of Glen Coe…

    Such is the atmosphere of the melancholy valley of Glencoe that it still seems to be haunted by what happened there so long ago on that fatal day of 13 February 1692 when 38 members of Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by government forces billeted with them. The friendly and unsuspecting villagers were slaughtered […]

    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 […]