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.

Celtic Life Magazine October 2018 Issue

Fall for fashion with our October 2018 edition as we stitch together the Celtic threads that weave the rich tapestry of our culture! Also, we chat-up Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, profile Cape Breton’s first musical family The Barra MacNeils, travel ‘oot & aboot’ through Argyll & Bute, explore Italy’s ‘Scotlian’ village of Barga, dig up roots with Cornish quartet The Rowan Tree, get eerie in Eire, and much more! And, as always, we bring you the latest in Celtic news, views, reviews, recipes, fashion, culture, history, heritage, tradition & more! Subscribe today!

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