Scotland is famous for its castles, of which there were thought to be around 3000. Many have been restored, some stand ruined, while others have disappeared altogether.
Ranging from small towers to sprawling country mansions, there are castles of all shapes and sizes. You can learn more about Scotland’s castles.
The Picts were the enigmatic inhabitants of what is now Scotland from around the beginning of the 1st century until around the middle of the 9th century AD.
With none of their written records surviving, much of what is known about the Picts derives from the hundreds ofthat they left as their legacy. Read more .
Join us on our travels around Scotland as we seek out the most interesting places and go in search of castles, coffee and cake.
Our journeys have taken us all over Scotland, from north to south and across to the islands, as we explore this wonderful country which has so much to offer despite its relatively small size. Check out the latest blog post.
Scotland is rich in, with thousands of monuments including , and .
Skara Brae on Orkney is Europe’s most complete Neolithic village, and is older than the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge. These early settlements were followed later by, and .
There are more than 140 breweries in Scotland, producing real ale, craft beer and mass market brews.
Come and explore the hundreds of beers they produce between them, from light to dark, traditional to experimental.
We’ve put together handy guides to Scotland’s major cities to help you get the best out of them.
Detailing the best places to stay, they take the guesswork out of planning your visit. Start your journey
Traditionally in each area there was a prominent family, or clan, whose head became the chief and offered protection and security to relatives and neighbours.
The word “clan” comes from the Gaelic word clann meaning “children”, the chief being the head of an extended family. Search Scotland’s clan names and surnames.
Scotland’s placenames are derived from a number of languages, and while the majority are Gaelic in origin, others come from, Old Norse, Old English and of course Scots.
Population movements through the centuries, corruption over time and political developments have left a rich tapestry of descriptive names. Learn more
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