10 Scottish Surnames & Their Clan History
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by Sarah Henderson
1w ago
Want to discover more about your ancient clan connections? Here are some Scottish surnames and the places where you can walk in the footsteps of your ancestors. Bruce  Clan Bruce was one of the richest and most powerful clans in the 12th-14th centuries. It produced two kings of Scotland including Robert the Bruce, who led the Scottish army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 that famously defeated an English army three times its size. Bruce sites to visit  Bruce’s Cave, Dumfries & Galloway Legend says that Robert the Bruce hid from the English armies up a steep path above Kirtl ..read more
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Top tips from a whisky expert
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by Emiliano Suarez Perin
2w ago
Have you ever wondered what makes Scottish whisky so special? Originally named “Uisge Beatha” or “water of life”, the magic of whisky is closely linked to the history, culture and way of life of Scots. To dig deeper into the importance of whisky in Scottish culture, we spoke to Mark Kent, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and whisky influencer. Why do you think Scotch whisky is so popular all over the world? Scotch is an iconic global product, but it’s also a very specific product of Scotland. Every region in the country has one or more distilleries and each distillery has ..read more
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Scotland’s Top 10 Scots Poems for Burns Night
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by Mairi Scobie
2w ago
Each year in Scotland, children across the country eagerly practice reciting Scots poems as part of their homework in the hope of being crowned their school’s ‘Burns Champion’ ahead of Burns Night – the annual birthday celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. The tradition of children in Scottish schools learning Scots poems and songs is longstanding and embedded in Scottish culture, so much so that it is part of the Scottish school curriculum. To celebrate all things Scots language, we surveyed 1,000 Scottish adults to see exactly what their favourite Scots poems are. We’ve also ..read more
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17 unique dining experiences in Scotland
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by Aldona Reyes Mallet
2w ago
From watching otters and seals as you tuck into your main course, to fine dining spots with wild and creative themed menus, dining in a dungeon, a converted grain silo or even in a hayloft, there is no shortage of unique restaurants and dining experiences in Scotland. So here are 17 unique restaurants in Scotland where you have to eat to believe. Dhoom, Dunfermline The Silver Darling, Aberdeen Enjoy dinner with a view at The Silver Darling located on the harbour at Footdee. Boasting a unique heritage and stylish interior, tuck into a delectable selection of locally caught seafood and fish ..read more
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7 Amazing Accommodation Ideas in East Lothian
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by Alasdair Peoples
1M ago
East Lothian is ideal for a short break or weekend trip near Edinburgh. Catch the train or arrive by electric car and enjoy peace, seclusion, good food, and long walks on the beach. Activities such as golf, surfing, wakeboarding and forest walks are readily available. You could also visit a castle or a museum. And the holiday accommodation in East Lothian is second to none. Here are some great places to stay: The Bus Stop, Gifford  The Bus Stop Looking for unique self-catering accommodation in East Lothian? Try staying in a converted bus! The Bus Stop offers a lovely quirky getaway on a ..read more
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9 Free UNESCO Attractions to Experience in Scotland
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by Mairi Scobie
1M ago
It’s no surprise that Scotland boasts incredible attractions and unmissable sites, but did you know some of these locations are part of the UNESCO Trail? Encompassing 13 designations dotted across the country, you can explore ancient cities, stunning feats of engineering, biospheres, geoparks, heritage sites and more. Within these designations there are a wealth of attractions and things to see and do, many of which are free to enjoy! 1. Mousa Broch, Shetland View this post on Instagram A post shared by Historic Scotland (@historicscotland) The best preserved broch in Scotland, Mousa Broch ..read more
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Scottish Thistle Award Winners 2022/23 – Regional Winners
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by Emily Buchan
1M ago
We are the champions, my friends! It was all glitz and glamour in the world of tourism when the Scottish Thistle Regional Awards took place throughout autumn. Three regional award ceremonies took place for Lothian & Borders, West and Central, and Fife & Tayside which were organised by VisitScotland. There was also award ceremonies for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) and Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA) who are responsible for organising their own regional awards, with winners from all five regions progressing to the National Final in February 2023. The Sco ..read more
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Things to do in Scotland at night
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by Nikki Sherret
2M ago
Enjoy a night out in one of Scotland’s cities. Choose between themed bars, evening tours, group activities, theatre, music, comedy and more. Jump to: Glasgow Stirling Dunfermline Edinburgh Perth Dundee Aberdeen Inverness Glasgow Get ideas for a night in Glasgow.   Cottiers Theatre This former church is one of Glasgow’s most unique and magical venues. There’s a traditional public bar, large beer garden, dining room and regular events including music, theatre, markets and more. Find out more on Cottiers   Golf Fang An 18-hole indoor golf course surrounded by bespoke art complete with ..read more
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Scotland’s UNESCO Trail in Pictures
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by Sarah Clark
2M ago
We all know that Scotland is one of the most beautiful and fascinating countries on the planet. If you need convincing, just look at these stunning images Instagram users have uploaded below, revealing the diversity and richness of Scotland’s nature, culture and history. Asides from being remarkable places, all 13 of the sites below have one very important thing in common. Can you guess what it is? Here’s a hint: all have captured the attention of the world’s most prestigious cultural, scientific and educational organisation in the world. That’s right, UNESCO. To date, UNESCO has deemed a tot ..read more
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Great Day Out Award – 5 Best Days Out In Scotland
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by Mairi Scobie
2M ago
Scotland isn’t short of locations, sites, attractions and cities that make for a great day out! With educational, inspiring and fascinating places to visit, the whole family can get out and about with plenty to see and do across the country. Scotland’s attractions are so fantastic that they frequently win awards! Scotland’s Thistle Awards sees amazing local businesses win in a variety of categories and themes, and this year our 5 regional winners are nominated for the Great Day Out Award. Have a read below about these attractions and the family-friendly experiences they offer, then head over t ..read more
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