Saltire Society’s St. Andrew’s Day Lunch, Inverness: Saturday, December 1st

The Saltire Society, Highland Branch, warmly invites you and your friends to their St Andrew’s Day Lunch at the Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness on Saturday 1st December. A Scottish themed lunch will be followed by a presentation by Derek Alexander, head of archaeological services with the National Trust for Scotland. He’ll discuss recent research in Glencoe and Glenshiel, two sites associated with the Jacobites but much less well investigated than Culloden. Please click here for more information and to register.

Hogmanay & New Year in Scotland

Thinking about what to do for Hogmanay for 2019 or 2020? We’ve put together some information that we hope will help with your planning. Thinking of Edinburgh for Hogmanay? Check out the Independent Travel Cats excellent A Guide to Celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Source: Visit Scotland – Why would you choose a New Year break in Scotland? Well, no other nation in the world celebrates the New Year with quite as much revelry and passion as Scotland does, and it’s hardly surprising that the enormous celebration that engulfs the country is legendary the world over. Hogmanay is what we Scots call New Year’s Eve – 31 December – the big night that marks the arrival of the new year. Its origins reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings with wild parties in late December. Click here to read more at Visit Scotland.

What The Blazons!: Heraldry in History And The Here and Now (Saturday, November 10th, 1-4 pm GMT)

by Jessica Secmezsoy-Urquhart and The Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh

St. Cecilia’s Hall, The University of Edinburgh, 50 Niddry St, Cowgate EH1 1NQ

From Meghan Markle’s coat of arms to examples of heraldry in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Outlander, heraldry is as relevant today as it was 300 or 700 years ago. Join the CRC at St. Cecilia’s Hall just off the Royal Mile for an unmissable engagement event. You will have the unique chance to see heraldry from the CRC and enjoy group discussion and talks on heraldry as well as its surprising connections to media, animals, class, gender and place, today and in the past. Guests delivering talks include: Elizabeth Roads, the first woman appointed as an officer of arms, genealogist, broadcaster and author Dr. Bruce Durie and Dr. Gillian Black, expert in family law and modern heraldry.  Continue reading

Historic Scotland Book Week Event (Stirling Castle, Thursday November 22)

Maggie O’Farrell with Nicola Sturgeon

Taking place in the spectacular Great Hall at Stirling Castle, the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and the award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell, will come together, to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2018. This will be a conversation to remember; a unique opportunity to hear from these two fascinating women, as they discuss life, work and the books that have made them who they are today. Presented by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland and Waterstones. Ticket prices have been subsidised by Scottish Book Trust.

To purchase tickets visit Historic Scotland.

We Owe Halloween to Ireland

Halloween isn’t your typical celebration.
And, Halloween food isn’t exactly ‘normal’ either.

Fact: we owe Halloween to Ireland. 
This is the autumn festival when, as my ancestors believed,
the ghosts of the dead
returned to the land of the living.
Spooky.
Really, though, that’s why we like Halloween. It’s not ‘normal’.
It’s scary, it’s unpredictable and it’s a little bit weird.
Just look at the food. Continue reading

Spooky Halloween events taking place across Scotland

There’s a chill in the air and I don’t just mean the temperatures outside are getting cooler. Halloween is nearly here. We take it very seriously in Scotland, with ancient traditions and superstitions living on. What will you be doing on All Hallows’ Eve? Cowering under the covers?

We hope not, because we’ve come up with some suggestions of the best things to do this Halloween with a range of events to suit everyone; from fun events for all the family to the downright terrifying. Take your pick from haunted houses, ghost walks, scary films, pagan fire festivals and more. Continue reading

6 Scottish Fire Festivals That Will Warm Your Heart This Winter

It’s time for us to wrap up warm and take to the streets to fight the darkness with spectacular winter fire festivals in Scotland! Flickering flames are fascinating when they dance in the dark, perhaps because they have the ability to both support life through their warmth, but also the power to devastate it. Whatever the draw, Scotland has a long history of brightening dark winter nights with great displays of fire, and the season approaches with much excitement. Continue reading

Haven’t visited clanmacaulay.org.uk recently? Check out new info!

There’s new and updated information on Famous MacAulays and MacAulay Books and Authors! Also, check out the new MacAulay Artists page. The array of talent of MacAulays past or present – be they activists, authors, actors, artists, athletes, musicians or politicians – is truly outstanding.

As always, if you know of people or places (or new ideas) for our website, please let us know and we’ll happily add the information.