Daily Archives: October 16, 2014

Reasons You Should Fall in Love with a Scottish Person

“24 Reasons You Should Fall in Love with a Scottish Person.”   

 We hope you enjoy Buzzfeed’s recently insightful article…

At weddings you either get to wear a kilt, or be the date of a man in a kilt.

Some highlights include…

“They’ll bring you Tunnock’s from the source.”

“They might buy you a macaroni pie.”

“At weddings you either get to wear a kilt, or be the date of a man in a kilt.”

“No matter what they say, their voice will sound amazing.”

“Of course, they’re also very easy on the eye.”

    

We quite agree! Wise logic, Buzzfeed.

Enchanted Forest 2014 at Faskally Wood

The award-winning annual Enchanted Forest event at Faskally Wood in Perthshire is now open through 26th of October.

Each year, with light and sound, the already gorgeous setting of Faskally Wood is transformed into a magnificent display of sensory enchantment.

Each year’s forest has a different theme – this year’s theme is “elemental,” and features the creative talents of Kate Bonney, Simon Hayes, RJ McConnell, and Jon Beales.  The show features special attractions including a troupe of aerial artists from All or Nothing who perform amidst the tree tops, as well as a storytelling yurt.

Food and beverages will also be available.

In the past, the Enchanted Wood has won numerous awards, including the Event Management Grand Prix, Best Cultural Event and a commendation for Best Large Event at the Scottish Event Awards 2011, and the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Award for Event of the Year.

 

To book tickets for the event, click here. To see VisitScotland‘s new video on the magic of Perthshire, click here.

Gorgeous Scottish Castles

VisitScotland recently published an article called “10 Interesting Scottish Castles.” Featuring breathtaking fortresses from around the country, from “well preserved gems to romantic cliff-top ruins,” some highlights include…

Dunrobin Castle in the HighlandsLooking over the gardens to Dunrobin CastleDesigned by Sir Robert Lorimer, with enchanting spires added by Sir Charles Barry, this castle is the most northerly of Scotland’s stately homes. With extensive French gardens, as well as a museum displaying trophy heads of animals and a collection of archaeological artifacts, the castle is not only breathtaking, but also a fascinating visit. It is open to the public.


Neidpath Castle in the Scottish borders
Exterior of Neidpath Castle
With visitors such as Mary Queen of Scots, William Wordsworth, and Sir Walter Scott, the guest list of this castle is far from ordinary, and makes for a breathtaking scene as it overlooks the River Tweed. The castle is closed to the public, but can be rented out for private parties, dinners, and weddings, and tours for schools and private groups.

Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeen City and Shire
A couple listens to a piper playing with Dunnottar Castle in the background
This stunning seaside castle features extensive buildings, including barracks, lodgings, stables, and storehouses. The site of the castle is said to have been inhabited since Pictish times and has witnessed many dramatic events in Scotland’s history, including Viking invasions and, in legends, a violent attack by William Wallace. The castle is open to the public.

Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands
View of Eilean Donan Castle ©vichie81 / Dollar Photo Club.
Located on its own island at a point where three sea lochs meet, this is one of the most photographed castles in the world. The first fortified castle was built in the 13th century; since then, at least four different versions of the castle have stood in its place. Every part of the castle is accessible to visitors.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014

 Image credit: Solen Collet<br /><br />
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From October 24 until November 2, 2014, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival will take place in Edinburgh.

Combining spoken stories with music, landscape tours, talks, and special performances, the event features guest storytellers from around the world alongside some of Scotland’s finest storytellers. In a variety of different locations around the city, the program includes family-friendly events, evening events, and a special pre-festival family weekend which focuses on young storytellers and the future of storytelling.

The final weekend of the Festival takes place over the ancient Celtic New Year, a unique and somewhat ideal way to celebrate and join in on some of the finest folklore and wordplay that Scotland has to offer!

For more about the event follow the link here.