May 2024
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It’s all about the Kelpies

The largest public artworks in Scotland? The Kelpies!

You are invited to take more than a look at these two 30 meter tall horse head sculptures designed by Andy Scott, erected in Grangemouth Park, Falkirk, near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project; there are so impressive…!!

By definition, the ‘kelpie’ is a […]

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 […]

Time for a Scottish Quiz …

Which of these two Scottish monuments is taller?

Wallace Monument in Scotland – © Scotiana 2006

The Wallace monument ?

The National Wallace Monument (generally known as the Wallace Monument) is a tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig, a hilltop near Stirling in Scotland. It commemorates Sir William Wallace, […]

Glasgow Necropolis: A Monument to ‘Child Migrants’…


Glasgow Necropolis © 2007 Scotiana


Here fond affection

rears its sculpted stone…

(from John Henry Alexander’s epitaph – Glasgow Necropolis)


“CEMETERIES ARE FOR THE LIVING. Sure, the dead are the permanent residents and the living merely visitors but the Necropolis and every other […]

Meet Sherlock Holmes at Picardy Place, Edinburgh

Sherlock Holmes Statue – Picardy Place – Edinburgh

Sherlock Holmes Statue – Picardy Place – Edinburgh

We’re almost there Mairiuna, only a few feet away from Picardy Place where the more than life-size bronze statue of Sherlock Holmes is standing close to the house (No 11) where his creator, Arthur Conan […]