Top 10 Scottish Deaths: Part 3
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3w ago
4. The Black Dinner. One of the most infamous incidents from Scottish history, the 'black dinner' of James II was gruesome enough to inspire George RR Martin's 'red wedding' in the Game of Thrones novels. When James I died (see previous post), his son and heir, James II, was only six years old. The keepers of the two most powerful castles in Scotland, Stirling and Edinburgh, connived to increase ..read more
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Top 10 Scottish Deaths: Part 1
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1M ago
 It's Hogmanay - the biggest Scottish festival of them all - so how better to mark it than with a countdown of the most notable deaths in Scottish history?10. The Bonnie Earl o' Moray. The 2nd Earl of Moray, if the ballad written in his honour is any guide, was considered one of the most handsome men in Scotland. This did not protect him from being pursued in a vendetta by the Earl of Huntly, who ..read more
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December Snow
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1M ago
After the floods, the freeze. The first inkling of the coming cold snap came on my morning commute. Snowflakes driven onto Edinburgh pavements, tourists stopping to photograph the scene. We went next day to the local woods, crystals gleaming on moss. Driving home I stopped to help an African fellow who had crashed. His car was bent, but fortunately he was OK. The magic of seeing snow ..read more
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The Four Seasons: Summer
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3M ago
The fact is all seasons are wonderful, for different reasons. So before we talk about summer, let’s look at them. There’s autumn, the time of year for waterfalls and forests, leaves sun caught in beautiful death, of roaring stags dark with peat... Winter, the time of year of drunken oblivion in the dark, the flashing of a woman’s eyes in a whirling dance... Spring, the time of year for colour ..read more
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The Four Seasons: Spring
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3M ago
this is the time of year for colour to return, splashes of wildflower like herbs for the eyes, clouds white as newborn lambs scudding across a fresh scrubbed sky, wind tousling your hair, the time for wild camping and weather as changeable as a girl’s fancies, the time of the apple and cherry blossom, lovers hands strolling lightly, the time when the whole world opens up. Listen to spring ..read more
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The Four Seasons: Winter
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3M ago
this is the time of year of drunken oblivion in the dark, the flashing of a woman’s eyes in a whirling dance, Listen to winter tune: Salsa Celtica — Auld Lang Syne: the season that family gathers, rain hammering the windows as darkness falls, trees bare sketches bent in the wind, the time we crave sunlight and climb snowy mountains to be nearer our God, Sunset from Ben Lomond: the time of ..read more
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The Four Seasons: Autumn
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4M ago
This is the time of year for waterfalls and forests, leaves caught in beautiful death, Falls of Feugh: of roaring stags dark with peat and shaking with desire, the season of bounty, of foraging for berries and mushrooms, of bramble picking, hands bloody with juice and sharp thorns, of the striking of the first match of the first fire of the season, grateful for the rain for driving us ..read more
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A Callendar Autumn
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4M ago
 Another beautiful sunny morning, heavy with autumn dew.The first leaves turning, a fire of bracken on the hillside.Do you ever associate certain seasons, weather, or times in your life with a particular place? I do. And for me, September is redolent of Stirlingshire. Drymen, Kippen, the Trosachs, Dumiyat - I am not sure why. Meeting cousins as a child, easy daytrips from Glasgow, small-scale ..read more
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Ben Wyvis: Return to my Last Munro
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5M ago
<!----> May 1997. My hillwalking friends were doing their final exams. I was at the Aultguish Inn with three who weren't. It was a day of stair-rod rain and a cloud base two feet above sea level; but we were there, so might as well climb the thing.  A boggy path led to an eroded zig-zig up a steep shoulder and the summit plateau, a revelation of beautifully soft moss. Ben Wyvis, 1997:A ..read more
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A Midsummer Munro
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7M ago
I never thought I would be using a headtorch on a hill on midsummer's day!But that's what happens when you climb that hill for sunset.Ben Lomond from Beinn Chabhair: <!----> The walk started with an early finish from work. Lorry and tractor filled roads brought me to Inverarnan, and a rendezvous with the friends who had organised this. At 17:30 in the evening the heat and humidity were ..read more
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