Scottish Music

Scottish Music

Music of Scotland

TRADITIONAL MUSIC

Scotland’s traditional music in many ways forms the foundation of our national identity and a key element of our culture. Large scale emigration from Scotland over several centuries, resulting in the presence of many more Scots outwith the country than within its borders, means that echoes of Scottish traditional music can be found in many different parts of the world.

The origins of traditional Scottish folk music are lost in the mists of time. There are close links between the roots of much of Scotland’s music and the Gaelic tradition that came from Ireland: and in some ways Scottish and Irish folk music are similar. However, in other ways they have retained identities that are quite distinct, in part because of the influence in Scotland of other traditions, notably those associated with the Old Norse and Scots languages.

It is thought that the music of the Picts was based on the harp, but like their language, all further information has been lost. As a result, the oldest music to which any form can be given was probably the singing and harp playing of the Gaels. Traditional folk ballads probably also date back to the dawn of antiquity, sung in all the various languages once in use across what is now Scotland.

The harp was replaced as the most popular instrument by the Great Highland Bagpipe or A’ Phìob Mhòr during the 1400s. This gained a hold, especially, across the clans of the Highlands and Islands before later being taken up with enthusiasm by the Scottish Regiments of the British Army, and spread by them to all parts of the British Empire.

Traditional Scottish music diminished in popularity during the middle decades of the 1900s: but the 1960s saw a radical roots revival in which young musicians rediscovered and made popular many of the traditional elements of Scottish music. The musicians of the 1970s, and since, built on the renaissance of the 60s and traditional music in Scotland is arguably now more popular than it has ever been.

TRADITIONAL PLAYLIST

A country that is renowned the world over for its traditional music, Scotland’s trad scene is diverse and full of surprises. From folk music to Celtic fusion, the 21st century has brought forth a whole new wave of musicians and bands that are experimenting with the very idea of what Scottish trad music is and spoiler; it’s not all about the bagpipes. While guitar bands and indie groups seem to have become the most popular musical exports in the past few decades, the trad scene is fighting back and thriving in the process as artists continue to push the boundaries of what has come to be expected.

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RACHEL NEWTON is a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist whose talents at writing and arranging music have won her many accolades over the years, including Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017. As well being a singer and harpist, Newton also plays the fiddle and the viola and is a founding member of The Shee and The Furrow Collective. Her third solo album, Here’s My Heart Come Take It, was recently chosen for the 2017 SAY Award longlist alongside 19 other albums, making it one of the top releases of the year. It’s a beautifully atmospheric record which draws attention to the powerful combination of harp and voice, with ballads in both English and Gaelic.
NITEWORKS are arguably one of the most interesting bands to come out of the trad music scene in Scotland in recent years, thanks to their combination of electronic music with Gaelic and traditional sounds. Formed on the Isle of Skye, the band, made up of Ruairidh Graham, Allan MacDonald, Christopher Nicolson and Innes Strachan, have quickly made their mark on the scene since the release of their debut EP in 2011, going on to win the Up and Coming Artist of the Year award at the 2012 Scottish Trad Awards. The quartet is known for their exhilarating live performances, where ceilidh and club culture combine to form something great.
TALISK from Glasgow, were winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, going on to pick up a number of other nominations and awards following their big win. Most recently, concertina player Mohsen Amini won the title of 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, following in the footsteps of 2015 winner and singer-songwriter Claire Hastings. The trio, consisting of Amini alongside fiddle player Hayley Keenan and guitarist Craig Irving, play fast-paced, crisp and fiery traditional music that highlights each musician’s technical ability and individual expression.
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Scottish Cuisine

Whether navigating the urban haunts of major cities, enjoying genteel market towns or experiencing remote island hideaways, exploratory food-lovers in Scotland will find a culinary scene that majors on bountiful wild harvests and top-notch meats underpinned by a strong cultural identity.

Scottish Phrases

The wit, expressive depth and wisdom of the Scottish people is something to be cherished. They know a thing or two about stoicism in the face of poor fortune, and there’s a clear knack for cutting through airs and graces too…

Scotland Movies

Scotland is famous for its breathtaking scenery and, not surprisingly, has been used as the location for many well-known movies. A land full of culture, mystery (I’m looking at you, Nessie) and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Scotland is always at the front of location scouts’ minds.

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Scottish Cuisine

Scottish Cuisine

Scottish Cuisine

Whether navigating the urban haunts of major cities, enjoying genteel market towns or experiencing remote island hideaways, exploratory food-lovers in Scotland will find a culinary scene that majors on bountiful wild harvests and top-notch meats underpinned by a strong cultural identity. Classic Scottish recipes, often reflective of historically harsh climates and humble ingredients are regularly reworked with finesse, humour and international influences to bring a more contemporary fusion of flavours and techniques – think veggie haggis fritters with pea chutney and chaat salad at meat-free favourite Saramago in Glasgow.

There’s long-established pedigree in the consistently high-achieving and elegantly styled offerings of top chefs such as Andrew Fairlie, Tom Kitchin and Martin Wishart as well as Top 50 destination eating further off the beaten track at The Peat Inn in Fife or The Three Chimneys on Skye. But there’s also room for start-ups, with newcomers Ballintaggart showing that the ‘good life’ can be enjoyed on an authentically local and domestic scale; a cookery school and ‘feast nights’ adding texture to their kitchen garden and home-preserving inspired restaurant menus.

Glasgow and Edinburgh are full of neighbourhood restaurants, often blossoming at the same time as an area becomes trendy and quickly attracting artisan bakers, quirky bars and independent suppliers to meet the growing demands of such foodie hotspots – Finnieston in Glasgow or Stockbridge in Edinburgh are great examples. Forage & Chatter, this year’s Best Local Restaurant regional award winner reflects this trend and offers a friendly, casual experience with an emphasis on gathering and gleaning for locals and visitors alike.

16 FOODS YOU MUST EAT WHEN YOU’RE IN SCOTLAND

Scotland is a pantry of dreams and a bountiful land of plenty in terms of fresh produce. From Scottish salmon to homemade buttery shortbread, we take you on a tour of its culinary highlights.

1: HAGGIS

‘Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin’-race! Aboon them a’ye tak your place’. Address to a Haggis by Scotland’s beloved poet Robert Burns sums up how highly regarded haggis is in Scotland. The rumours are all true. Scotland’s iconic national dish is made of sheep’s pluck (liver, lungs, and heart) minced with spices, salt, oatmeal, suet and onion inside a lining of the animal’s stomach (nowadays it can be artificial). Intestines aside, this delicacy is utterly divine. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

2: NEEPS & TATTIES

Although typically served with haggis, neeps and tatties are featured in many Scottish dishes. Just to clarify, ‘neeps’ are turnips and ‘tatties’ are potatoes. If you add butter and chives to the mix, you get clapshot (a dish that originated from Orkney). In Scotland, neeps and tatties go together like peas and carrots.

3: SCOTTISH SALMON

Walk into any high-end supermarket or restaurant across the world and look for Scottish salmon. It will be there. Why? Because it is the best. Scotland is a prime breeding ground for salmon, with water that is as fresh as can be. Scottish salmon is celebrated globally for its terrific taste and perfect texture. Make sure to appreciate the greatness while in the heart of Scotland and experience it for yourself.

4: PORRIDGE

Whether it’s Scott’s Porage Oats straight out of the box or a gourmet restaurant version, nothing beats the hearty taste of good old Scottish porridge. Be warned; it is made with salt, not sugar. If you can pick it up with your hands, don’t be alarmed; that’s how it is supposed to look. Immerse yourself in Scottish culture and taste a part of it every morning with each spoonful of porridge.

5: A FULL SCOTTISH BREAKFAST

A full Scottish breakfast is just like a full English breakfast, except it comes with black pudding, lorne sausage, and tattie scones. Haggis is sometimes included, as is white pudding (similar to black pudding but with the blood substituted for fat). Tattie scones may be bland to some, but serve them with lashings of butter and you’re good to go. Expect to leave the table feeling full and content. Late night? Most places in Scotland serve this hearty breakfast all day long.

6: SCOTTISH TABLET

Tablet is a braw choice when it comes to Scottish treats. Imagine sugar, condensed milk and butter that have been cooked together until crystalised. The result is a wee piece of Scottish heaven. Even whisky can be found in some tablet. This delectable confection is made all over Scotland. Have no fear, finding it is as easy as pie.

7: BANGERS & MASH

Any British household looks forward to bangers and mash for supper. It is a classic after all. A generous lump of butter and milk are typically added to make the mashed potatoes that much fluffier. Bangers (or sausages) in Scotland are second to none. Expect to find locally raised meat of the highest quality. Don’t be surprised by more exotic flavours, such as apple or venison, mixed in as well.

8: STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING

This delightful dessert is a British staple. Sticky toffee pudding is verging on too good to be true. It consists of a moist sponge cake complete with dates, toffee sauce, and vanilla custard or ice cream. This wee gem can be found in most Scottish pubs and is the perfect pudding option.

9: FISH SUPPER

There is nothing like going to a Scottish chippy for a fish supper. Sit on the beach, watch the tide dance, and savour the flakiness of the fish mixed with fluffy chips. Make sure to ask for ‘salt n sauce’ in Edinburgh and enjoy the tangy brown chip-shop sauce that is sure to follow.

10: GROUSE

This prize bird inhabits the moorlands of Britain, with many residing all across Scotland. Grouse is a delicacy, especially after the Glorious Twelfth each year (providing the shooting season goes smoothly and adheres to schedule). This dish receives rave reviews and is typically tender with a mild, gamey taste.

11: BLACK PUDDING

To those who are unfamiliar with traditional Scottish cuisine, black pudding tends to fall into the same category as haggis. In other words, many wonder how this is edible. Take some advice, and keep an open mind. There may be blood involved, but so are sausage meat and oatmeal. From chippies to some of the best cafes, you wont have to travel far in Scotland to find it.

12: SHORTBREAD

Shortbread does not require an introduction. It has been a Scottish dessert option for years; 1736 saw the first printed recipe of this wonderful invention. The buttery goodness is verging on too delicious for words, though you will find that the taste varies depending on who makes it. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. The Scots present shortbread when they ‘first foot’ at Hogmanay or as a gift at Christmas.

13: LEEK & TATTIE SOUP

Leek and tattie soup is the sort of food that will be served when you visit grandma for lunch. Even though this soup seems modest, it is served at Burns Suppers (an important cultural event where Scots congregate to celebrate poet Robert Burns and his brilliant works). Cold from the unpredictable Scottish weather? This beauty will warm you right up. Recipes for this soup continue to be added to and perfected across generations.

14: BACON BUTTIE

The bacon butty has no airs or graces about it. A rasher of Scotland’s best bacon is placed inside a white roll with butter. The grand finale is a (drumroll, please) generous amount of ketchup or brown sauce. Expect nothing more and nothing less: what you see is what you get. Taste one and you will discover what all the fuss is about.

15: BATTERED MARS BAR

Only the Scots could conjure up such a delight. Venture to any of the chippies in Scotland and ask for a battered Mars Bar: they won’t even bat an eyelid. The chocolate bar is battered and placed in the deep fryer; voila; out appears a chocolatey, melted, sweet, beautiful dessert. The batter does a fine job of keeping the chocolate contained. However, once it is pierced with that first bite, there is no going back. The melted goodness oozes out and sparks a rush of endorphins. Don’t like Mars Bars? No problem. Just choose your sweet of choice and they can batter that for you too.

16: SCOTCH PIE

This wee pie may be small, but that doesn’t take away from its flavour. The double crust makes for the most perfect pie taste. A Scotch pie can be served hot or cold, and has a filling of minced mutton or other meat. Every year, butchers and bakers from far and wide compete for the honourable title of World Scotch Pie Champion. It’s kind of a big deal.

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TOP 10 BEST SELLING SINGLE MALT WHISKIES

While blends rule the roost in terms of sales volumes, single malt Scotch whisky is more popular than ever around the world. But which are the most popular drops from distilleries around Scotland?

1: GLENFIDDICH

Sales in 2017: 1.22m cases
Versus 2016: +2.9%
Ranking in 2016: 1
Popular in…: Duty free, US, UK
Owner: William Grant & Sons

In 1886, the manager of Mortlach distillery in Dufftown decided to go it alone, investing his life savings and considerable physical effort to build his own plant by the banks of the Fiddich river.

William Grant would scarcely be able to believe what has happened since and, in particular, since Glenfiddich was fully launched as a single malt during the 1960s: more than 1m nine-litre cases a year sold around the world, and the already vast distillery undergoing further expansion.

Built on a new make style that is notably light and estery, Glenfiddich’s range has grown and diversified over the years, centred now on a solid offering of age-stated variants, and supported by a long list of one-off and limited releases, including four (to date) entries in its Experimental Series.

2: THE GLENLIVET

Sales in 2017: 1.07m cases
Versus 2016: +2.4%
Ranking in 2016: 2
Popular in…: US, duty free, Taiwan, Canada
Owner: Chivas Brothers/Pernod Ricard

When Bill Smith Grant began a serious push behind The Glenlivet in the US in the 1950s, annual sales stood at less than 700 cases; in 2017, they topped 1m cases for the fourth year running, with the US accounting for about 40% of that figure.

Since The Glenlivet came under the ownership of French drinks group Pernod Ricard in 2001, the ambition has been to make it the world’s best-selling single malt – which it achieved briefly in 2014, before being overtaken again by main rival Glenfiddich.

This modern era has been characterised by an expanding distillery trying to keep pace with demand: The Glenlivet’s 12-year-old age-stated product was withdrawn from most markets in 2015 in favour of NAS expression Founder’s Reserve.

3: MACALLAN

Sales in 2017: 907,000 cases
Versus 2016: +8.7%
Ranking in 2016: 3
Popular in…: US, duty free, Taiwan
Owner: Edrington

Beloved by collectors and by a new breed of whisky investor, Macallan dominates the rare whisky auction scene, which in turn casts a beneficial halo over what has become the world’s most lucrative single malt whisky.

If this top 10 were measured by dollar sales, rather than case volumes, Macallan would top the chart by some distance – its annual revenues are only beaten by four Scotch whisky brands, the big blends of Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s and Grant’s.

Macallan’s secret? Small stills and a heavy new make character that finds its richest and most complex expression through long maturation in ex-Sherry wood; and, more prosaically, a single-minded and long-term focus on pursuing luxury brand positioning, especially in the US and the Far East.

This is encapsulated by Macallan’s recently-opened, jaw-dropping £140m new distillery, which aims to do far more than expand its production; a long way indeed from the humble beginnings of one of Speyside’s original, early 19th-century farm distilleries.

4: SINGLETON

Sales in 2017: 518,000 cases
Versus 2016: +4.0%
Ranking in 2016: 5
Popular in…: Taiwan, duty free
Owner: Diageo

Singleton is a creation of the modern, 21st-century age of single malt – a determined effort by owner Diageo to create a brand vehicle to take on the might of Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet.

How to play catch-up? Take three malt distilleries – Dufftown, Glen Ord and Glendullan – and bring them together under one umbrella brand. Historically, each had a regional focus (Europe, Asia and North America respectively), but that’s changing now in favour of a more global approach.

5: GLENMORANGIE

Sales in 2017: 508,000 cases
Versus 2016: -0.5%
Ranking in 2016: 4
Popular in…: US, duty free, UK, Taiwan
Owner: Moët Hennessy/LVMH

Currently celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding in the Highland town of Tain, Glenmorangie was one of the pioneers of the modern malt boom – but was already marketing itself as a single malt back in the Victorian age.

A light, fruit-forward spirit owes its character to some famously tall stills, married in more recent times to the enlightened cask maturation policy of Dr Bill Lumsden and the financial clout of its owner since 2004, French luxury goods monolith LVMH.

That tenure has included the wholesale makeover of the Glenmorangie range around Original and a tight roster of finishes, alongside regular high-end and limited releases, such as the annual Private Edition bottlings.

6: BALVENIE

Sales in 2017: 335,500 cases
Versus 2016: +11.2%
Ranking in 2016: 8
Popular in…: US, Taiwan, duty free
Owner: William Grant & Sons

William Grant’s second-string single malt continues to grow apace, with a double-digit sales volume increase last year built on strong momentum in the US, Far East and duty free.

From its beginnings as a single malt in the mid-1970s, Balvenie’s liquid has been overseen by one man, David Stewart MBE, one of the early explorers of ‘finishing’ or extra-maturation, particularly with the creation of the popular DoubleWood expression 25 years ago.

Stewart’s immense contribution has been recognized through the DCS Compendium concept – a run of five annual releases of high-end single cask single malts, arranged thematically and chosen by Stewart himself.

7: MONKEY SHOULDER

Sales in 2017: 311,000 cases
Versus 2016: +31.4%
Ranking in 2016: 10
Popular in…: France, US, duty free
Owner: William Grant & Sons

Launched in 2005, this new-generation blended malt originally took all its whisky from three William Grant-owned distilleries: Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie.

More recently, however, the company has stopped communicating this element of provenance, freeing it up to use other malts (specifically Ailsa Bay, located within its Girvan grain complex) when needed.

A thoroughly modern whisky brand that pushes mixing more than sipping, Monkey Shoulder owes its name to a painful ailment suffered by malt men, who were sometimes left with one arm hanging down after long shifts of turning barley by hand.

As a brand, Monkey Shoulder is currently on fire, enjoying rapidly rising sales in the US, and has been named the ‘trendiest’ Scotch whisky by trade magazine Drinks International four years running.

8: LAPHROAIG

Sales in 2017: 306,000 cases
Versus 2016: +0.7%
Ranking in 2016: 7
Popular in…: US, duty free, Germany
Owner: Beam Suntory

Famously medicinal, tarry Laphroaig now finds itself under the same corporate roof as fellow Islay distillery Bowmore, since Japanese group Suntory bought US-based Beam Global in 2014.

There’s a determination to maintain the unique character of the Prince of Wales’ favourite single malt, both through the preservation of the distillery’s floor maltings (accounting for 20% of Laphroaig’s needs) and the careful approach to current plans to expand production.

Laphroaig was being sold as a single malt almost a century ago; more recently, pressure on stocks has led to a growing number of NAS bottlings and the withdrawal of some age statements.

9: ABERLOUR

Sales in 2017: 297,000 cases
Versus 2016: -12.9%
Ranking in 2016: 6
Popular in…: France, UK
Owner: Chivas Brothers/Pernod Ricard

More than four decades of French ownership have given Aberlour a strong following in France, but trade issues in that country cost the brand a chunk of its expected sales last year, dropping it down the top 10.

Whatever value you may attach to regional stereotypes, Aberlour is what many people think of as archetypical Speyside: fruit, malt, sweetness and enough weight to lend itself to ageing in ex-Sherry casks.

There are a number of expressions out there, but perhaps the most loved is A’Bunadh, a 100% Sherry-matured, cask strength single malt released in batches since the year 2000 – a no-age-statement success story from the days before NAS cynicism set in.

Aberlour is now continuing to plough the Sherried furrow with the recent release of Casg Annamh, another NAS malt matured in oloroso Sherry casks.

10: GLEN GRANT

Sales in 2017: 296,500 cases
Versus 2016: +0.3%
Ranking in 2016: 9
Popular in…: Italy, France, Germany
Owner: Campari Group

For many years, Glen Grant was a family affair: established by brothers John and James Grant, with John’s son (also John, but better known as ‘The Major’) setting up the distillery to produce the trademark Glen Grant new make style of light, fresh and fruity.

As early as the late 19th century, Glen Grant’s whiskies were to be found all over the world, but the post-war era has been one of much change in terms of ownership: Seagram, Pernod Ricard and, from 2006, Campari Group.

The attraction of Glen Grant to an Italian company should be obvious, given that the single malt has legendary status in Italy, which remains its biggest market. Campari oversaw a revamp of the core range in 2016, with age-stated whiskies created by master distiller Dennis Malcolm OBE, who was born at the distillery in 1946.

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Scottish Cuisine

Whether navigating the urban haunts of major cities, enjoying genteel market towns or experiencing remote island hideaways, exploratory food-lovers in Scotland will find a culinary scene that majors on bountiful wild harvests and top-notch meats underpinned by a strong cultural identity.

Scottish Phrases

The wit, expressive depth and wisdom of the Scottish people is something to be cherished. They know a thing or two about stoicism in the face of poor fortune, and there’s a clear knack for cutting through airs and graces too…

Scotland Movies

Scotland is famous for its breathtaking scenery and, not surprisingly, has been used as the location for many well-known movies. A land full of culture, mystery (I’m looking at you, Nessie) and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Scotland is always at the front of location scouts’ minds.

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Scottish Reading

Scottish Reading

Scottish Reading

FICTION

OUTLANDER by DIANA GABALDON

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

THE VIKING'S APPRENTICE by KEVIN MCLEOD

Campbell’s Cove is a town steeped in a rich history of dragons, witches and brave warriors. History tells of one Viking warrior who rose above them all to claim the ultimate prize. Hundreds of years later strange things start happening in the town. Could the Viking stories be true? Has the evil returned?

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MACBETH by WILLIAM SHAKESPERE

In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found a spectacle of violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards, echoing James’s belief in a connection between treason and witchcraft.

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. It is about a London lawyer named John Gabriel Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.

IVANHOE by SIR WALTER SCOTT

Ivanhoe (1819) was the first of Scott’s novels to adopt a purely English subject and was also his first attempt to combine history and romance, which later influenced Victorian medievalism. Set at the time of the Norman Conquest, Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to claim his inheritance and the love of Rowena and becomes involved in the struggle between Richard Coeur de Lion and his Norman brother John.

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by MURIAL SPARK

At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland, teacher extraordinaire Miss Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods and strives to bring out the best in each one of her students.

TREASURE ISLAND by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

“For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the nevel creates scenes and characters that have firetd the imaginations of generations of readers.

THE WASP FACTORY by IAIN BANKS

Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outsIde a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank’s mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale.

NON-FICTION

THE BUTTERCUP: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF ANDREW EWING AND THE BUTTERCUP DAIRY COMPANY by BILL SCOTT

Bill Scott’s heartwarming tale of poor farm boy, Andrew Ewing, who made his fortune by building an iconic grocery empire, before giving it all away in his final ambition to die a poor man. His amazing generosity, included the donation of 100,000 eggs a week to local hospitals and charities.

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTTS by ANTONIA FRASER

She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head.

LEAVES FROM THE JOURNAL OF OUR LIFE IN THE HIGHLANDS FROM 1848 TO 1861 by QUEEN VICTORIA

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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HOW THE SCOTS INVENTED THE MODERN WORLD by ARTHUR HERMAN

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since.

A JOURNEY TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND AND THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES by SAMUEL JOHNSON, JAMES BOSWELL and PETER LEVI

Samuel Johnson’s A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and James Boswell’s The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides recounts their tour of Scotland in 1773. While Johnson focuses on Scotland itself, Boswell is even keener on presenting his friend to the notables of his homeland.

THE SHETLAND BUS by DAVID HOWARTH

The occupation of Western Europe and Scandinavia in the spring of 1940 crippled Britain’s ability to gather intelligence information. After the Germans invaded Norway, many Norwegians knew that small boats were constantly sailing from the Shetland Islands to land weapons, supplies, and agents and to rescue refugees.

GUIDEBOOKS:

SCOTLAND THE BEST by PETER IRVINE

The true Scot’s insider’s guide to the very best Scotland has to offer. Written in Pete Irvine’s own unique honest style, the 12th edition includes over 2000 recommendations for every type of adventure.

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THE ROUGH GUIDE TO SCOTLAND by ROUGH GUIDES

This fully updated The Rough Guide to Scotland is the ultimate travel guide to this wonderful part of the world. From the fairy tale capital of Edinburgh to the remote glens of the Highlands, Scotland has something for everyone. The outdoors activities are simply unbeatable; Skye’s Cuillin ridge offers staggeringly good hiking routes, while the mountain biking trails across the country are some of the best in Europe.

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LONELY PLANET SCOTLAND by LONELY PLANET

Lonely Planet Scotland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip the water of life, whisky, in an ancient pub, trace the trails of the clans-people fleeing Glen Coe, or play a round in St Andrew’s, golf’s spiritual home; all with your trusted travel companion.

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FODORS'S ESSENTIAL SCOTLAND by FODOR'S TRAVEL GUIDES

Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Scotland is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Scotland travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease.

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SINGLE MALT WHISKY by CLAY RISEN

A follow-up to his bestselling American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit, Clay Risen’s Single Malt is an introduction to the long history, fascinating science, and incredible diversity of malted whisky, as well as a practical drinker’s guide to buying and enjoying hundreds of the greatest examples of the distiller’s tradition.

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THE NATIONAL TRUST BOOK OF SCONES: 50 DELICIOUS RECIPES AND SOME CURIOUS CRUMBS OF HISTORY by SARAH CLELLAND

Scone obsessive Sarah Cleland has gathered 50 scone recipes from National Trust experts around the country, and has written a quirky guide to 50 National Trust places to delight and entertain you while you bake or eat those blissful treats. Eccentric owners, strange treasures, obscure facts—it’s all here.

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Scottish Cuisine

Whether navigating the urban haunts of major cities, enjoying genteel market towns or experiencing remote island hideaways, exploratory food-lovers in Scotland will find a culinary scene that majors on bountiful wild harvests and top-notch meats underpinned by a strong cultural identity.

Scottish Phrases

The wit, expressive depth and wisdom of the Scottish people is something to be cherished. They know a thing or two about stoicism in the face of poor fortune, and there’s a clear knack for cutting through airs and graces too…

Scotland Movies

Scotland is famous for its breathtaking scenery and, not surprisingly, has been used as the location for many well-known movies. A land full of culture, mystery (I’m looking at you, Nessie) and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Scotland is always at the front of location scouts’ minds.

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Scottish Phrases

Scottish Phrases

Scottish Phrases

The wit, expressive depth and wisdom of the Scottish people is something to be cherished. They know a thing or two about stoicism in the face of poor fortune, and there’s a clear knack for cutting through airs and graces too.

So here are are few expressions and truisms that should come in handy when everything turns as black as the Earl of Hell’s waistcoat (turns pitch black).

Note: Where absolutely necessary we’ve also provided a brief translation from Scots dialect into English:

SCOTTISH SAYINGS THAT WILL GET YOU THROUGH LIFE

SCOTTISHNOTESPRONUNCIATION
Failing means you’re playing.It’s better to be doing badly than not taking part.
Mony a mickle maks a muckle.mickle = small thing, muckle = big thingLook after the pennies and the dollars look after themselves.
You’re all bum and parsley.You’re all mouth and trousers. You’re a blowhard.
Keep the heid.Don’t lose your head. Stay calm.
We’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns.bairn = childWe are all equal in the eyes of God. Or Jock Tamson.
Heid doon arse up!Get on with it!
Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye.Que sera sera. What ever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see.
Don’t be a wee clipe.Don’t be a tattle-tale.
Yer bum’s oot the windae.You’re talking nonsense.
You’re a long time deid.Lighten up, you’ve got plenty of time to be a misery after you die.
Lang may yer lum reek.lum = chimney, reek = smokeI wish you well for the future.
Guid gear comes in sma’ bulk.Good things come in small packages.
All his eggs are double-yoakit.He’s a boastful windbag.
She doesnae hae enough room inside her for a rheumatic pain.She is thin.
You’re the wee hen that never layed away.Don’t play the innocent with me.
Tatties o’wer the side.It’s all gone pear shaped. Disaster has struck.
Haud yer wheesht!Shush! Be quiet!
It’s a lang road that’s no goat a turnin.’goat = gotDon’t lose heart in dark times, things can’t keep going in the same direction forever.
Yer aywis at the coo’s tail.coo = cowHurry up, you’re always dragging your heels.
It’s gaein be awricht ance the pain has gane awa.’As soon as that pesky bad stuff is out of the way, everything will be fine.
A clean shirt’ll do ye.You’re not long for this world. One more change of laundry and that’s it.
It’s a sair ficht for half a loaf.Life is hard work. It’s a sore fight and you only get half of what you want.
Sewn wi’ a hate needle an’ a burnin’ threed.hate = hotThis garment was made shoddily.
They have thrown a stone at my door.My loved ones have sent me to Coventry. They’re no longer speaking to me.
Ye mak a better door than a windae.Get out of the way, you’re obscuring my view.

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Delicioso: Camino Cuisine

The many routes of the Camino de Santiago cross different regions (in some cases countries), each with its own traditions, culture and food. If you are walking the Camino de Santiago along the French Way, from the French border, here are some classic dishes and traditional produce you will be able to taste.

Camino Fun Facts

The history of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela stretches back more than 1000 years to the discovery of the body of Saint James during the reign of King Alfonso II (792-842)…

Camino Spanish & Galician

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Camino Reading

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Scotland Movies

Scotland Movies

Movies Featuring Scotland

HISTORICAL:

BRAVEHEART (1995)

Historical year 1296

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

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OUTLAW KING (2018)

Historical year 1314

Released on Netflix historical drama about Robert The Bruce, King of Scots from 1307 and his victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. A true David vs. Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert the Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (2018)

Historical year 1560

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16, widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne.

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ROB ROY (1995)

Historical year 1715

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

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OUTLANDER (2014 - )

Historical year 1745

A hugely successful historical TV drama detailing the Jacobite rising leading up to the Culloden massacre in 1746.

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THE BATTLE OF CULLODEN (1964)

Historical year 1746

 A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present.

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MRS. BROWN (1997)

Historical year 1861

When Queen Victoria’s husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

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FICTION:

THE 39 STEPS (1935)

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

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BRIGADOON (1954)

Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

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WHISKY GALORE (2017)

Based on the infamous 1941 true story, Whisky Galore! is a charming and heart-warming tale of a close-knit Scottish island community who mischievously relieve a sinking cargo ship of cases of whisky during wartime scarcity. 

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SHALLOW GRAVE (1994)

Danny Boyle’s feature film directorial debut is a sly, sinister crime thriller about three close friends who discover their new roommate’s dead body, along with a suitcase full of cash. Faced with a moral dilemma, the trio agrees to dispose of the body…

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TRAINSPOTTING (1996)

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

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Trainspotting T2

After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.

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Camino Fun Facts

The history of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela stretches back more than 1000 years to the discovery of the body of Saint James during the reign of King Alfonso II (792-842)…

Camino Spanish & Galician

Galician is a Romance language (i.e., from Latin) spoken by about 3 million people in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia. Although it’s most closely related to Portuguese—which is spoken south of the border—it shares many similarities with Castilian Spanish, including sounds and spelling.

Camino Reading

Your spiritual journey can begin long before you begin walking the Camino de Santiago with a great travel book. Here is a list of some of our favourite books to read prior to your travels.

Camino Music

One of the biggest cultural differences between Galicia and any other place in Spain is in its musical tradition. It has long been thought that Galician music owes its roots to the ancient Celtic history…

Camino Movies

“The Way” is probably the most popular movie about the Camino de Santiago. The story follows a loving father and son plot, detailing the journey of Thomas Avery (actor Martin Sheen) along the Camino…

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