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    Noah’s Ark Automaton Clock in Inverness

    Indeed Mairiuna, the beautiful automaton clock that we had the privilege to view inside the Eastgate Shopping Centre depicting Noah’s Ark provide a special moment that all, adults and childrens, enjoy. It moves into action at noon sharp every day. On each hour the clock diorama also plays an animal themed song and a single […]

    Scotiana’s favourite places on North Coast 500: Inverness…

    In 2015, to attract more visitors to the most northern part of the Scottish Highlands and to stimulate local trade and cultural activities, the North Highland Initiative (NHI), set up by Prince Charles, decided to launch the NC500 road (North Coast 500) . Hardly had it been created that, in 2015, the new touring road, […]

    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 […]