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    Happy Hogmanay, Happy New Year et Bonne Année 2018!

    As you’ve guessed, Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year. Nobody is quite sure where the name comes from. A few theories include the Gaelic Og maidne or new morning and the Norman French word hoguinane which was derived from the Old French anguillanneuf or “Gift at New Year.” Hogmanay’s roots reach back to […]

    Bibliotheca Scotiana: our favourite books for Christmas !

    “One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore.

    “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair.

    People will insist on giving me books.”

    (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

    Christmas funfair in George […]

    Falkland Palace’s Trompe l’Oeil

    Your great article, Mairiuna, in the Scottish Castles Series featuring Falkland Palace shed light on another historic gem in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

    What is great about it all, is that sites in the custody of NTS receive regular survey, inspection and maintenance programmes that preserve some unique elements housed […]

    Scottish Castles Series: Falkland Palace – Part 1

    We visited Falkland Palace, a mix of ruined buildings and sumptuously restored apartments, in 2003 and 2006. This magnificent palace is situated in the picturesque village of Falkland, about 4 miles north of Glenrothes, in Fife, north of the A 912. Not far away, East Lomond Hill (448m /1470ft) invites the visitor to climb it […]

    Scottish Castles Series : Linlithgow Palace

    Linlithgow Palace is located in West Lothian about 15 miles (24 km) west of Edinburgh, off the M9. The name “Linlithgow” comes from the Old British and means “lake in the damp hollow”…

    Linlithgow Castle and St Michael’s Church © 2007 Scotiana

    Even if you have planned to go directly to Stirling Castle and […]