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The Flora of Scotland Posted on the

The Flora of Scotland

Scotland’s highlands, islands and dramatic landscape are home to a vast array of beautiful flora. Here is a short description of the three types of flora that have become to be symbols of Scotland:

The Thistle

Beside tartan, the Scottish thistle is one of the most recognisable symbols of Scotland and the emblem of a nation. It can be seen everywhere you

The Delicacies of Scotland Posted on the

The Delicacies of Scotland

More than just deep-fried Mars Bars and Irn Bru, Scotland is well-known throughout the world for it's high quality produce, such as salmon, venison and beef. Here are some delicacies that are so loved they've become part of Scottish culture.

Arbroath Smokie

The Arbroath Smokie originated in the small fishing village of Auchmithie, 3 miles away from

11 things to do in Scotland Posted on the

11 things to do in Scotland

Not sure what to do on your visit to Scotland? Our guest blogger Ian Simm, from Palmerston House Educational Services, is here to lend a hand!

Itinerary of the Top 11 things to do in Scotland

Having read a number of ‘Top ten things to do in Scotland’ lists recently, we decided to put together a list of our own.

Just to be

Who are we Scots? Part Five Posted on the

Who are we Scots? Part Five

In last week's blog we spoke about the Roman abandonment of Britannia, the native Britons enlisting the aid of Saxon mercenaries to defend their territory, and the conseqential Saxon invasion.

The sheer number of Saxons, Jutes and Angles arriving to the small island of Britannia daily meant the native Britons were unable to defend their lands.

I've heard of the Saxons, but

Highland Whisky, Woodlands and William Wallace.. Posted on the

Highland Whisky, Woodlands and William Wallace..

With myself foisted on the driver-guide Graeme for the Highland Whisky, Woodland & William Wallace tour I’m starting to get the feeling that I’m not an essential body in our office… still that means I get some whisky. Snuggling into the comfortable 29 seater bus as this is quite the busy tour today, we have a bit of banter with our driver-guide Graeme.  It turns out

St Andrews tour: The man, the town, the tour! Posted on the

St Andrews tour: The man, the town, the tour!

Saint Andrew, or Andrew the Apostle to some, the Patron Saint of Scotland, crucified on the X-shaped cross or saltire in the 1st century AD. This image would later be encapsulated into the Scottish Flag, something that Scots take great pride in brandishing.

The reason I bring this up is that according to legend St Regulus, a Greek Monk residing in the city of Patras in

Environmentally friendly tours - what can we do? Posted on the

Environmentally friendly tours - what can we do?

With the 45th anniversary of Earth Day taking place on the 22nd of April, it seems like a nice time to review the impact that we leave on the environment and the measures that we can take to minimise that impact through conducting environmentally friendly tours.

In many ways it has never been easier to minimise our impact from a personal level; recycling bins are

The Long Lost Creatures of Scotland Posted on the

The Long Lost Creatures of Scotland

After writing about the beautiful wildlife we have in Scotland today, such as puffins, red deer and even bottle-nosed dolphins, I thought this week would be a fantastic opportunity to write about the animals Scotland has slowly lost over the ages.

Scotland has a formidable history of animal extinctions, and unfortunately now only a fraction of Scotland's native forests remain. Many

Wildlife in Scotland Posted on the

Wildlife in Scotland

This week, as we're beginning to get excited for Spring, I thought I'd write about the wildlife of Scotland. I'm sure most of you believe Scotland to be full of the usual animals, such as sheep, cows and perhaps a wild Haggis (ahem), but with over 90,000 species, Scotland is a hidden gem of outstanding scenery and wildlife! Here are a few examples:

Bottle-nosed

Rosslyn: A Treasure in Stone Posted on the

Rosslyn: A Treasure in Stone

Rosslyn Chapel has long been linked to secretive organisations, such as the Freemasons, the Knights Templar and even the Holy Grail. Countless writers and artists, such as Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott, have found inspiration in its intricate carvings, leading the chapel to be affectionately known as a treasure in stone.

It could be said that the chapels carvings are unlike any other

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