This is a great time for the dramatic displays of the aurora borealis, though there is too much light pollution where I live to see anything. You need to go north or south of the central belt for dark skies. There is also Steve. Steve stands for Strong Thermal Emission Velcoity Enhancement and has been […]
You can check out the entrants here courtesy of the BBC. The Black Shed is more interesting than in sounds, and you can actually stay there if you wish to do so. Perhaps I am biased, but my favourite entry is the Hawkhead Centre in my own town of Paisley. There are more photos from […]
The ‘Skeoch’, Scotland’s ‘forgotten car’. It couldn’t take on the Model T.
Paisley AbbeyRiver of Leith frozenHighland cowPheasant
One of the most fascinating parts of Stirling Castle is the Castle Exhibition, accessed from the Queen Anne garden. There you can see a facial reconstruction of an English knight, found buried in an ancient chapel. Watch the reconstruction on YouTube here.
Stirling in another favourite place in Scottish history, being the site of the two other famous Scottish victories, against our favourite enemy,the English. That is the battles of Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). Winter sunshine, giving fine views of the Ochill Hills.
Largs is famous for the Scottish victory over Haakon and the Norwegians in the battle of Largs, 1263. Historians differ on the significance of the battle, but as it certainly not a defeat, we are happy to call it a Scottish victory. We can’t afford to be fussy. The Norwegians did relinquish their claims to […]
The bridge over the Gogo Burn in Largs. The ‘o’ endingis suggestive of a Pictish place name, though there is little evidence of Pictish settlement on the Firth of Clyde. We do know for sure that the bridge is named after Thomas MacDougall Brisbane, of subsequent Australian fame.
When I was a child in school, say fifty years ago, we were taught that incoming waves of settlers to the British Isles exterminated the native settlers they found. Then it became fashionable to say that there were no invasions, but there was a ‘transfer of cultures’ just as fashion spreads in the modern world, […]
My posts are loosely following Radio Scotland’s ‘Out of Doors’ programs. Having once had to write an essay on species introduction as part of my Blue Badge tour guide trying course I like to think that, although not exactly an authority, I do know a bit about it. The Norwegian farmer’s comments about the lynx […]