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The Highland Games Posted on the

The Highland Games

Revered and respected around the world with many offshoots in a surprising amount of locations, the Scottish Highland Games is one of the first things that people think of when they imagine Scotland. Although, what the games entail may still be elusive to some, so in our latest article we are going to go through the happenings and goings-on at the Highland Games to ensure that you can enjoy and

Your guide to Scottish slang. Posted on the

Your guide to Scottish slang.

When visiting Scotland, you may find that some of the local vernacular can be quite challenging. What can make this even more difficult is that this can vary significantly between regions of Scotland, even between Edinburgh & Glasgow.

As Timberbush Tours are always looking to help visitors to our wonderful country, this blog post will help you understand enough of the local slang to

Scottish Minds: Robert Watson-Watt Posted on the

Scottish Minds: Robert Watson-Watt

Scotland has proven to be a hub for great minds especially those in the design and engineering world; where things such as the bicycle, the steam engine and the telephone were created/invented. Another important creation that would save thousands if not millions of lives was the invention of radar which was developed largely by Robert Watson-Watt.

Born in Brechin, Angus in 1892, he

Edinburgh Sights: Greyfriars Bobby Posted on the

Edinburgh Sights: Greyfriars Bobby

Edinburgh is adorned with many interesting sights, but one that is particularly popular with both locals and visitors to the city is a monument to a wee Skye terrier known as Greyfriars Bobby. The monument is regularly surrounding by those wishing to take pictures and the occasional person who rubs his nose (which you should not be doing), that it may be time to remind ourselves with why this

Scotland on Film: Highlander Posted on the

Scotland on Film: Highlander

If you’re of a certain age, then you may recognise the following extract from a certain film…

From the dawn of time we came; moving silently down through the centuries, living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the Gathering; when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you... until now.

For those

What is haggis? Posted on the

What is haggis?

Haggis! Though celebrated as Scotland’s national dish there is still much confusion as to what Haggis actually is. Is it a beast? What’s it made of? How is it prepared? We at Timberbush Tours are here to help by answering your questions, alleviating your confusion and highlighting the general loveliness of this dish.

What is a haggis?

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Scotland's exports: Billy Connolly! Posted on the

Scotland's exports: Billy Connolly!

Widely recognised as one of the greatest stand-up comedians in the world, ‘the Big Yin’, Billy Connolly is certainly one of Scotland’s most well-known and well-loved exports. Having a varied career which has included being a comedian, musician, actor, and TV presenter, he is instantly recognisable and each aspect of his career is revered, though his comedy works are by far the

Edinburgh Sights: Robert Louis Stevenson Posted on the

Edinburgh Sights: Robert Louis Stevenson

Heralded as one of Scotland’s greatest authors, Robert Louis Stevenson created some of the most well-known and recognised novels across the world. Born in Edinburgh on November 13th, 1850, his family were renowned as lighthouse designers and as Stevenson grew older it was expected that he would do the same. This was not to be the case, he began to study law, travel across the world and to

The Mackenzie Poltergeist Posted on the

The Mackenzie Poltergeist

Our final blog in the lead up to Halloween explores one of the most ghoulish stories in Edinburgh, centred on Greyfriars Kirkyard. The paranormal goings-on here have enthralled visitors to the city… and there’s the dog too.

Located about 10 minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard has been used as a graveyard from the 16th century. In the

Robert Burns: Tam O' Shanter Posted on the

Robert Burns: Tam O' Shanter

Continuing with our Halloween theme; Robert Burns, Scotland’s most well-known poet, was not averse to exploring the macabre with his tale of witches, ghouls and the devil in his celebrated poem ‘Tam O’ Shanter’. Based on a local folktale which was rumoured to have begun by a farmer who needed to create a tale to tell his superstitious wife for why he had no money and was

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