Friday, 18 December 2009

THE SCOTTISH LANGUAGE.



THE SCOTTISH LANGUAGE.


The Scottish language is World famous in every country known to man. The earliest story I can recall as a child was about a man who's roots are reputed to descend from the highland Livingstones.
I write about the famous Dr David Livingstone who as well as being one of Scotland's original explorers being from the central belt, ie; Blantyre, Lanarkshire his World famous meeting with Sir Henry Morton Stanley (born:John Rowlands) a Welshman who also became famous for his African explorations and searching the jungle for Dr Livingstone, Sir Henry is supposedly have uttered the statement;
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
Although the authenticity of this now famous greeting is in doubt it seems likely the Scottish language would not have been mistaken, in exactly the same way a Scotsman can tell at once the lilt or dialect of the Welsh language.
Although Scotland's population is over 5 million the visitor to Scotland would be amazed at the differences in the Scottish regional dialects such as Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dumfries to name a few and the visitor should also note that the Scottish regional dialects should not be confused with English regional dialects which are completely different and causes great confusion among those visiting Scotland for the first time.
The Scottish language we all know today comes originally from Gaelic, German, Scandinavian, Angles and Northern Anglo-Saxon and described as; Scots is the traditional Germanic language of Lowland Scotland and the Northern Isles.
For many years and in some quarters today the Scots language is denigrated as bad English or slang which thankfully today recognised academic language experts will tell you is complete and utter nonsense as the two are completely different languages. Take for example English language speaking countries which all have different local,regional,national and international English dialects such as; Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland etc...
The majority of listeners will know instantly the difference between an American accent and a Scottish accent although both languages are English and both will understand each other, likewise the rest of these English speaking countries.
So the next time you ask a Scotsman, "speak English", you'll completely understand that he can no longer speak English than you yourself can speak Scottish - it's a language and dialect thing!
Some useful links which will help to clarify the comments made here;
Link to the Scots Language Centre? http://www.scotslanguage.com/
Information on the origin of Scots: http://www.scotslanguage.com/books/view/2/ .
Another useful link is the Scottish Language dictionaries http://www.dsl.ac.uk/dsl/
They also provide a useful resource for schools, the scuil wab http://www.scuilwab.org.uk/
Please note all constructive comments will be appreciated and posted for feedback and information which you may feel relevant for Scotland's future visitors.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Burns biography wins book prize



Burns biography wins book prize

written by,
Robert Crawford
Mr Crawford won the top prize for his biography of Burns

A biography of Robert Burns has won the £10,000 book of the year prize at the 2009 Saltire Society Literary Awards.

Robert Crawford won the award for his book The Bard, against stiff competition from authors AL Kennedy and Janice Galloway.

Other awards went to a history of Scottish philosophy, a biography of John Muir and the Historical Thesaurus of the English dictionary.

The award ceremony was held in Edinburgh on Monday.

The awards were presented by Culture Minister Michael Russell, who said: "It is great to see the prestigious Saltire Society Literary Awards fully involved with the Homecoming Scotland Finale celebrations.

"The awards play a huge part in celebrating Scotland's literary heritage and the incredible strength of talent displayed by our contemporary writers.

"It is fitting that we applaud this talent on St Andrew's Day - our national day - particularly when this year's winning entries reflect the rich cultural, natural and intellectual heritage of this nation."

Martyn Wade, National Librarian, said: "It has been an honour to host these prestigious awards for the 12th time, recognising the wealth of literary talent Scotland has to offer."

The annual awards have been held for the past 27 years.

Report from the BBC

Monday, 30 November 2009

SCOTLAND VOTES ROBERT BURNS THEIR GREATEST EVER SCOT.




SCOTLAND VOTES ROBERT BURNS THEIR GREATEST EVER SCOT.


Scotland's people voted today on ST Andrews Day their greatest ever Scot was Scotland's Son; Robert Burns whom the Scottish people considered their greatest ever Scot which was broadcasted tonight on the STV show named, "Greatest Scot".
In the year of "HOMECOMING SCOTLAND", which was also the 250th year of the anniversary of the birth of Scotland's famous poet the acknowledgment and recognition from the Scottish people only served to broadcast to the World how much the Scottish people recognise their own folk, be they at home or abroad.
From loads of nominee's the selection boiled down to five people from different era's with some surprising results. Many World famous names were considered and mentioned but only five came through the voting to be acknowledged tonight. Those mentioned are the STV viewers choices.

In number five(5) the Actor David Tennant (Doctor Who) was recognised.
In number four(4) Scotland's past football manager Jock Stein was recognised.
In number three (3) the man who is reputated to have saved two billion lives Sir Alexander Flemming.
In number two(2) the hero of Scots for over 500 years William Wallace.

In number one (1) the one and only, World famous Scotland's Son;

ROBERT BURNS.

Friday, 27 November 2009

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - ST ANDREWS DAY 30th NOV 2009.

Finale Celebrations - At A Glance
Monday 30 November - St Andrew's Day


Here is a list of Homecoming Scotland Finale Celebration Events taking place on November 30th, Scotland's national day:

East Renfrewshire’s St Andrew’s Day Festival - Giffnock
This new festival in East Renfrewshire will involve local musicians and internationally renowned Scottish bands performing music and rhythms which explore our linked heritage with other Celtic countries.

Stirling’s St Andrew’s Day Celebrations - Stirling
Stirling celebrates the finale of Homecoming Scotland 2009 by hosting an exciting range of events.

Dear Mister Burns... - Irvine
A unique collection of handwritten letters to Irvine Burns Club from prominent figures, including Dickens, Garibaldi, Roosevelt, and Connery, provides the core for a celebration weekend of ceilidhs, concerts and entertainment across Irvine.

Dumfries Fling – The Reel Thing - Dumfries
Enjoy a feast of music, culture and street theatre in the heart of Dumfries.

St Andrew’s Weekend Homecoming Finale - Ayr, Troon, Prestwick, Girvan
Celebrate Homecoming Scotland’s Finale weekend in the home of Scotland’s national bard.

St Andrews Festival 2009 – Scotland’s Celebration St Andrews
Join us in the historic town of St Andrews to celebrate Scotland’s patron saint.

St Andrew’s Celebrations - Blairgowrie
Celebrate St Andrew’s Day in the picturesque setting of Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

Martin Boyce: ‘What You See Is Where You’re At’ - Edinburgh
In celebration of contemporary Scottish art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art marks the beginning of its fiftieth anniversary during Homecoming Year by unveiling a major new work by Scottish artist Martin Boyce.

Renfrewshire Celebrates St Andrew’s Day - Paisley
Experience a truly Scottish series of events featuring a St Andrew’s Farmers’ Market, the Alternative Highland Games, storytelling activities, opportunities to research your family history and an evening of traditional Scottish music and dance at a St Andrew’s ceilidh.

St Andrew’s ‘DO’ - Edinburgh
Edinburgh celebrates Scotland’s National Day and the finale of Homecoming Scotland 2009 with an exciting programme of events.

Land of the Standing Stones: Celebrating St Andrew’s Day - Aberdeenshire
Renowned fiddler Paul Anderson has created a new tune in celebration of the landscape and cultural traditions of the north east.

Aberdeen’s St Andrew’s Day Celebrations - Aberdeen City
On St Andrew's Day, Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom will come alive with a traditional ceilidh featuring all your favourite dances played and sung by top class ceilidh band, Shindig.

Homecoming Borders Banquet - Scottish Borders
Homecoming Borders Banquet is a ten day celebration of the world-class food which comes from this beautiful part of Scotland.

St Andrew’s Day Celebration - Edinburgh
Enjoy the best of traditional Scots and Gaelic instrumental music and song on St Andrew’s Night 2009 in McEwan Hall.

St Andrew’s Day Debating Championships - Edinburgh
Fast becoming one of the main events on the University debating calendar, this year’s St Andrew’s Day Debating Championship has an exciting twist, with each team comprising a University and School speaker, paired together on the day.

Burns Cottage Free Preview - Alloway
An exclusive free preview of the newly refurbished birthplace of Robert Burns.

Burnsong - Edinburgh
Burnsong, Scotland’s song writing competition, celebrates Scotland’s Year of Homecoming with a showcase concert in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrew’s Day.

Zig Zag: The Paths of Robert Burns - Glasgow
For the first time ever, some of the 36,000 objects from Scotland's national collection of treasures associated with Robert Burns will be brought together in a major touring exhibition.

This Is Who We Are - Edinburgh
This exhibition demonstrates the strong influence of Scots abroad when they travelled and named 1000 Canadian towns after their homeland.

Homecoming Trad Music Sessions - Across Scotland
Over 300 Homecoming Trad Music Sessions will take place across the country throughout the year celebrating the contribution of traditional music to Scottish culture.

ST ANDREWS DAY COUNTDOWN 29th Nov 2009.

Finale Celebration Events - At a glance - Sunday 29 November



List of Homecoming Finale Celebration Events taking place on Sunday November 29.

Shindig 2009 - Glasgow

Shindig 2009 extends the musical celebration launched by Homecoming Live - The Final Fling! into the heart of Glasgow with a weekend of free music and dance in George Square.

To Bo’ness and Beyond - Falkirk
The Hippodrome, Scotland's first purpose-built cinema, presents playful glimpses of Scottishness with screenings including I Know Where I'm Going and Gregory's Girl.

East Renfrewshire’s St Andrew’s Day Festival- Giffnock
This new festival in East Renfrewshire will involve local musicians and internationally renowned Scottish bands performing music and rhythms which explore our linked heritage with other Celtic countries.


Stirling’s St Andrew’s Day Celebrations - Stirling

Stirling celebrates the finale of Homecoming Scotland 2009 by hosting an exciting range of events.


Dear Mister Burns… - Irvine

A unique collection of handwritten letters to Irvine Burns Club from prominent figures.


Scots Trad Music Awards - Dumfries
Scots Trad Music Awards are promoting an amazing weekend of music in Dumfries.

Dumfries Fling – The Reel Thing - Dumfries
Enjoy a feast of music, culture and street theatre in the heart of Dumfries.


West Dunbartonshire St Andrew’s Homecoming Festival - Dumbarton and Clydebank

St Andrew's Homecoming Festival presents the best of traditional and contemporary Scottish music, sourced from local talent, emerging and established Scottish artistes.


St Andrew’s Weekend Homecoming Finale - Ayr, Troon, Prestwick and Girvan

Celebrate Homecoming Scotland's Finale weekend in the home of Scotland's national bard.


St Andrews Festival 2009 – Scotland’s Celebration - St Andrews

Join us in 2009 in the iconic town of St Andrews to celebrate our nation's Patron Saint.


St Andrew’s Day Celebrations – Blairgowrie
Celebrate St Andrew's Day in the picturesque setting of Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

Martin Boyce: ‘What You See is Where You’re at’ - Edinburgh
In celebration of contemporary Scottish art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art marks the beginning of its fiftieth anniversary during Homecoming Year.

Renfrewshire Celebrates St Andrew’s Day - Paisley
Experience a truly Scottish series of events featuring a St Andrew's Farmers' Market, the Alternative Highland Games, storytelling activities, opportunities to research your family history and an evening of traditional Scottish music and dance at a St Andrew's ceilidh.

Kilmarnock’s Tartan Tidings - Kilmarnock
A weekend of traditional and contemporary entertainment.

National Museums Scotland Homecoming Finale Celebration - Edinburgh
Celebrate St Andrew's Day and the climax of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2009 with music, dance, tours and trails across the weekend.

St Andrew’s ‘DO’ - Edinburgh
Edinburgh celebrates Scotland's National Day and the finale of Homecoming Scotland 2009 with an exciting programme of events.

Lights on the Loch - Motherwell
Enjoy a fun-filled day at scenic Strathclyde Country Park.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (SSO) - Edinburgh
Join Neil Oliver and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a special concert for St Andrew's Weekend featuring music from the highly acclaimed TV series A History of Scotland written by Paul Leonard-Morgan.

The Saltire - Athelstaneford and Haddington
East Lothian, birthplace of Scotland's national flag, celebrates St Andrew's Day with a programme of free events from noon.

Homecoming Borders Banquet - Scottish Borders
A ten day celebration of the world-class food which comes from this beautiful part of Scotland.


Zig Zag: The Paths of Robert Burns - Glasgow
For the first time ever, some of the 36,000 objects from Scotland's national collection of treasures associated with Robert Burns will be brought together in a major touring exhibition.


This Is Who We Are - Edinburgh
This exhibition demonstrates the strong influence of Scots abroad when they travelled and named 1000 Canadian towns after their homeland.


Homecoming Trad Music Sessions - Across Scotland

Over 300 Homecoming Trad Music Sessions will take place across the country throughout the year celebrating the contribution of traditional music to Scottish culture.

ST ANDREWS DAY COUNTDOWN 28th NOV 2009.

Finale Celebration Events - At a glance - Saturday 28 November

Here is a list of Homecoming Scotland Finale Celebration Events taking place on Saturday November 28.

Shindig 2009 - Glasgow

Shindig 2009 extends the musical celebration launched by Homecoming Live - The Final Fling! into the heart of Glasgow with a weekend of free music and dance in George Square.

To Bo’ness and Beyond - Falkirk
The Hippodrome, Scotland's first purpose-built cinema, presents playful glimpses of Scottishness with screenings including I Know Where I'm Going and Gregory's Girl.

East Renfrewshire’s St Andrew’s Day Festival- Giffnock
This new festival in East Renfrewshire will involve local musicians and internationally renowned Scottish bands performing music and rhythms which explore our linked heritage with other Celtic countries.


Stirling’s St Andrew’s Day Celebrations - Stirling

Stirling celebrates the finale of Homecoming Scotland 2009 by hosting an exciting range of events.


Dear Mister Burns… - Irvine

A unique collection of handwritten letters to Irvine Burns Club from prominent figures.


Scots Trad Music Awards - Dumfries
Scots Trad Music Awards are promoting an amazing weekend of music in Dumfries.

Dumfries Fling – The Reel Thing - Dumfries
Enjoy a feast of music, culture and street theatre in the heart of Dumfries.


West Dunbartonshire St Andrew’s Homecoming Festival - Dumbarton and Clydebank

St Andrew's Homecoming Festival presents the best of traditional and contemporary Scottish music, sourced from local talent, emerging and established Scottish artistes.


St Andrew’s Weekend Homecoming Finale - Ayr, Troon, Prestwick and Girvan

Celebrate Homecoming Scotland's Finale weekend in the home of Scotland's national bard.


St Andrews Festival 2009 – Scotland’s Celebration - St Andrews

Join us in 2009 in the iconic town of St Andrews to celebrate our nation's Patron Saint.


St Andrew’s Day Celebrations – Blairgowrie
Celebrate St Andrew's Day in the picturesque setting of Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

The Homecoming Series SCO - Edinburgh
In the Year of Homecoming, the SCO celebrates some significant Scottish composers with special performances of their work.

Scottish Rugby - Edinburgh
The climax to the November Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test Series as Scotland take on Argentina at Murrayfield.

Martin Boyce: ‘What You See is Where You’re at’ - Edinburgh
In celebration of contemporary Scottish art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art marks the beginning of its fiftieth anniversary during Homecoming Year.

RSNO – The 09/10 Season: St Andrew’s Party with Phil and Aly - Glasgow
Join Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain and the RSNO's very own John Logan, as well as special guests for a St Andrew's Night party to remember.

Homecoming Art Car Parade - Edinburgh
A one-off event in celebration of Homecoming Year, the eccentric parade, which is a first for Scotland, will be brimming with light and colour as artists move their incredible creations through the heart of Edinburgh.

Homecoming Live – The Final Fling - Glasgow
Homecoming Live - The Final Fling is a unique extravaganza that will celebrate Scotland's contribution to the worldwide music scene over the St Andrew's Day Weekend.

Inverclyde St Andrew’s Day Celebrations - Greenock
Home to Custom House Quay, where many of the Scottish Diaspora left our shores, Inverclyde marks the finale to the Year of Homecoming with events throughout the day.

Celebration of Dance - Alloa
A celebration of Scotland's contemporary and traditional culture through Scottish Fusion Dance.

Renfrewshire Celebrates St Andrew’s Day - Paisley
Experience a truly Scottish series of events featuring a St Andrew's Farmers' Market, the Alternative Highland Games, storytelling activities, opportunities to research your family history and an evening of traditional Scottish music and dance at a St Andrew's ceilidh.

Kilmarnock’s Tartan Tidings - Kilmarnock
A weekend of traditional and contemporary entertainment.

National Museums Scotland Homecoming Finale Celebration - Edinburgh
Celebrate St Andrew's Day and the climax of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2009 with music, dance, tours and trails across the weekend.

St Andrew’s ‘DO’ - Edinburgh
Edinburgh celebrates Scotland's National Day and the finale of Homecoming Scotland 2009 with an exciting programme of events.

Homecoming Borders Banquet - Scottish Borders
A ten day celebration of the world-class food which comes from this beautiful part of Scotland.


Zig Zag: The Paths of Robert Burns - Glasgow
For the first time ever, some of the 36,000 objects from Scotland's national collection of treasures associated with Robert Burns will be brought together in a major touring exhibition.


This Is Who We Are - Edinburgh
This exhibition demonstrates the strong influence of Scots abroad when they travelled and named 1000 Canadian towns after their homeland.


Homecoming Trad Music Sessions - Across Scotland

Over 300 Homecoming Trad Music Sessions will take place across the country throughout the year celebrating the contribution of traditional music to Scottish culture.

ST ANDREWS DAY COUNTDOWN.



Finale Celebration Events - At a glance - Friday 27 November


List of Homecoming Finale Celebration Events taking place on Friday November 27.


St Andrew’s Festival - Glasgow
St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow / Price Varies
To mark the end of Homecoming, the St Andrew's Festival is teaming up with Shindig this year to provide Glasgow's residents and visitors with four nights of Scottish music song and dance from Malinky, Fergie MacDonald and JJ Gilmour among others.
www.standrewsinthesquare.com

To Bo’ness and Beyond - Falkirk
The Hippodrome, Scotland's first purpose-built cinema, presents playful glimpses of Scottishness with screenings including I Know Where I'm Going and Gregory's Girl.

East Renfrewshire’s St Andrew’s Day Festival- Giffnock
This new festival in East Renfrewshire will involve local musicians and internationally renowned Scottish bands performing music and rhythms which explore our linked heritage with other Celtic countries.

Stirling’s St Andrew’s Day Celebrations - Stirling
Stirling celebrates the finale of Homecoming Scotland 2009 by hosting an exciting range of events.

Dear Mister Burns… - Irvine
A unique collection of handwritten letters to Irvine Burns Club from prominent figures.

Dundee’s Homecoming Winter Light Night - Dundee
An evening of discovery to which everyone is invited.

Ceòl Nam Fèis 2009 | St Andrew’s Fèis Homecoming - Inverness
A celebration of Gaelic culture with a host of former participants from the highly successful Fèis movement 'coming home'.

Scots Trad Music Awards - Dumfries
Scots Trad Music Awards are promoting an amazing weekend of music in Dumfries.

Dumfries Fling – The Reel Thing - Dumfries
Enjoy a feast of music, culture and street theatre in the heart of Dumfries.

West Dunbartonshire St Andrew’s Homecoming Festival - Dumbarton and Clydebank
St Andrew's Homecoming Festival presents the best of traditional and contemporary Scottish music, sourced from local talent, emerging and established Scottish artistes.

St Andrew’s Weekend Homecoming Finale - Ayr, Troon, Prestwick and Girvan
Celebrate Homecoming Scotland's Finale weekend in the home of Scotland's national bard.

St Andrew’s Day Celebrations – Blairgowrie
Celebrate St Andrew's Day in the picturesque setting of Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

The Homecoming Series SCO - Glasgow
In the Year of Homecoming, the SCO celebrates some significant Scottish composers with special performances of their work.

Homecoming Borders Banquet - Scottish Borders
A ten day celebration of the world-class food which comes from this beautiful part of Scotland.

Zig Zag: The Paths of Robert Burns - Glasgow
For the first time ever, some of the 36,000 objects from Scotland's national collection of treasures associated with Robert Burns will be brought together in a major touring exhibition.

This Is Who We Are - Edinburgh
This exhibition demonstrates the strong influence of Scots abroad when they travelled and named 1000 Canadian towns after their homeland.

Homecoming Trad Music Sessions - Across Scotland
Over 300 Homecoming Trad Music Sessions will take place across the country throughout the year celebrating the contribution of traditional music to Scottish culture.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Friday, 28 August 2009

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND TAM O'SHANTER 2009.



HOMECOMING SCOTLAND TAM O'SHANTER 2009.


TAM O'SHANTER.

Experience the best young Scottish talent bring Robert Burns epic poem to life in a series of unforgettable live performances. Performed for the first time by the combined talents of Scotland's National Youth Performimg Arts Companies - Scottish Youth Theatre, YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) and the National Youth Pipe Band.



HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - St Kilda Day: Latha Hiort



HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - St Kilda Day: Latha Hiort

St Kilda Day - Latha Hiort will mark the evacuation of St Kilda on August 29, 1930. It celebrates the St Kildans' lives and legacy in music, word and image throughout Scotland, building on the success of the 2007 St Kilda Opera, which can be seen at the Edinburgh International Festival 2009.


Where and When

Start Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009
End Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Address: Across Scotland
Region: Throughout Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.stkilda.eu
Phone: 01851 704493

Kirkintilloch Canal Festival




Kirkintilloch Canal Festival

A celebration of the town of Kirkintilloch and the Forth and Clyde Canal which runs through its heart. Join us as we mark Kirkintilloch's past, present and future. Homecoming exhibitions focus on the Lion Iron Foundry and how technology used for building Scottish canals is used worldwide.

Where and When

Start Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009
End Date: Sunday, August 30, 2009
Address: Forth and Clyde Canal, Kirkintilloch
Postcode: G66 3SA
Local Authority Area: East Dunbartonshire
Region: West Central Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.kirkintillochcanalfestival.org.uk
Phone: 0141 578 8622

Tickets

This event is free.

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - COWAL GATHERING - DUNOON, ARGYLL .




HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - COWAL GATHERING - DUNOON, ARGYLL.


COWAL GATHERING

An international extravaganza for the Homecoming Scotland celebrations complementing the world famous Cowal Highland Gathering. Welcoming back visitors from the UK and abroad to the games and much, much more. Enjoy dancers, musicians, food and locla produce, arts and crafts, music and street theatre, and , of course the massed pipes and drums.

Where and When

Start Date: Thursday, August 27, 2009
End Date: Sunday, August 30, 2009
Address: Dunoon
Postcode: PA23 7DT
Local Authority Area: Argyll and Bute
Region: Highlands and Islands

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.cowalgathering.com

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - SCONE PALACE - RUNRIG.

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - SCONE PALACE - RUNRIG.


Scotland's home grown RUNRIG are part of the Homecoming celebrations at the famous and historical Scone Palace near Perth.
The venue date is;
August the 29th 2009.
at; Scone Palace parklands which will be one of the biggest live events of 2009.
Runrig have a massive international following so you can expect fans joining the Homecoming Scotland celebrations from all over the World.
More comprehensive information can be found at;
www.runrig.co.uk

Monday, 24 August 2009

NEXT NORTHERN SOUL ALL-NIGHTER EVENT.


NEXT NORTHERN SOUL ALL-NIGHTER EVENT. ABERDEEN ALL-NIGHTER OVO ONLY .

DJ LINE UP KENNY BURRELL, LENNY HARKINS, ANDY DENNISON, BOB CAIRD, STEVE WILLOX, ACKY BUCHAN, HAYDN BYE.

10PM TILL 6AM .

SOULNIGHT IN MOTOWN BAR AT BEACH BEFORE ALL-NIGHTER 7.30PM. 12th September 2009.


This is one of the greatest Northern Soul Events held in Scotland and is the second Northern Soul All-Nighter event to take place in Scotland this year.


All of Scotland's All-Nighter events are held at the Beach Ballroom on Aberdeen's Beach front and is the perfect place to dance the night away from 10 PM - 6 AM as this is the only Soul venue in Scotland that can handle 700+ Dancers on its massive increasingly rare wooden sprung Dance Floor.

This venue is managed by Aberdeen City Council and its great credit to them for keeping this outstanding venue open to soul groups throughout the UK and beyond.


Granite City Northern Soul Club organises this event on an continual basis and tickets for this event are available at £12.


For further information and ticket details please email Steve Willox at wiganwillox@hotmail.com

Friday, 14 August 2009

WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - VENUE, GLASGOW GREEN.



8,000 pipes and drums, 200 bands, 1 world champion! Tomorrow Glasgow Green in Glasgow will see thousands of spectators captivated by "The World Championship Pipe Band Competition".
Pipe bands from an International arena will enthral the crowds with the skirl of the pipes.
This special day will also have; Highland Dancing, Drum Major Competitions and European Highland Games.
The Worlds is a day of vibrant colours, passionate music and intense competition - can you get to Glasgow tomorrow? - You won't be disappointed!

Friday, 10 July 2009

THE ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS PARADE IN GLASGOW.



THE ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS PARADE IN GLASGOW.


The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have marched through Glasgow to thank the Scottish people for their support during tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was their first parade in the city since the Royal Scots Greys, their antecedent regiment, left for the South African War in 1899.

There was also a display of armoured vehicles in the city's George Square.

Scotland's only cavalry regiment is back in Scotland for the Year of Homecoming.

The regiment, which is normally based in Fallingbostel in Germany, is carrying out royal guard duties on its first return to Scotland in eight years.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards was formed in 1971 from the Royal Scots Greys and the 3rd Carabiniers. The regimental headquarters and museum are still at Edinburgh Castle.

Pipes and drums

Its soldiers have been deployed on all major operations, including the Gulf war, Bosnia and Kosovo.

It was the first regiment in the British army to use the Challenger 2 battle tank and the first to fire its guns against the enemy in Iraq in 2003.

About 150 soldiers paraded through the city along with the Brit Award-winning pipes and drums.

Special guests of the regiment included Glasgow's deputy lord provost and Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy.

Full story at;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8142985.stm

Thursday, 9 July 2009

GOLF'S GREATEST PRIZE - THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP



GOLF'S GREATEST PRIZE - THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The Open Championship
Scotland is recognised as the birthplace of Golf and The Open Championship will provide one of the focal points for the year of Homecoming in 2009. The 138th staging of The Open Championship, golf's oldest major, will find The Champion Golfer of the Year in 2009 at Turnberry. The venue is legendary for golf fans, recalling the famed Duel in the Sun in 1977 when Tom Watson finally triumphed over Jack Nicklaus on the 72nd and final hole of the Championship.

Enjoy Homecoming Day, the final practice day (Wednesday 15th July) at Turnberry and roam the course prior to the start of the famous Open Championship. Try your luck at our Homecoming putting competition or get close to the Claret Jug and give yourself a lasting memory of the day.

The Claret Jug is without doubt the most famous trophy in the game of golf. Commissioned in 1872 but completed in 1873, this elegant trophy – officially called the Golf Champion Trophy – was first presented to Tom Kidd, the 1873 champion, but Kidd was not the first name to be inscribed on it. That honour went to Young Tom Morris, the 1872 champion, even though the trophy had not been completed when he won the event.

Where and When
Start Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009
End Date: Sunday, July 19, 2009
Address: Ailsa Course, Turnberry Resort
Postcode: KA26 9LT
Local Authority Area: South Ayrshire
Region: West Central Scotland

Contact Details
Official Event Website:
http://www.opengolf.com

Tickets

http://www.randa.org/bibitopentickets

HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL - FEIS CHEILTEACH INNSE GALL



HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL - FEIS CHEILTEACH INNSE GALL

THE HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL HOMECOMING SCOTLAND CELEBRATION STARTS ON THE 15TH JULY - 18TH JULY 2009.

An amazing four day festival set against a unique cultural backdrop.

Surrounded by stunning scenery, amidst a hugely welcoming community, we invite all to the 14th annual Hebcelt party!

Join us for this year's celebrations...
Website information;
http://www.hebceltfest.com/

HIGHLAND GAMES EXTRAVAGANZA - HOMECOMING SCOTLAND CELEBRATIONS



HIGHLAND GAMES EXTRAVAGANZA - HOMECOMING SCOTLAND CELEBRATIONS



Bridge of Allan, Callander, Killin, Lochearnhead

Situated in spectacular settings, the Stirling area plays host to an annual selection of high quality Highland Games throughout the summer months. The games offer a full athletics programme, including heavyweight competitions, highland dance performances and competitions, pipers and tug-of-war with several events featuring family funfairs too.

Locations and dates:

Callander International Highland Games - 25-26 July
Lochearnhead Highland Games - 25 July
Killin Highland Games - 29 July
Bridge of Allan Highland Games - 2 August



Where and When

Start Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009
End Date: Sunday, August 02, 2009
Address: Bridge of Allan, Callander, Killin and Lochearnhead
Local Authority Area: Stirling
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.visitstirling.org

CLASSIC MALTS CRUISE - HOMECOMING SCOTLAND CELEBRATIONS



CLASSIC MALT CRUISES - HOMECOMING SCOTLAND CELEBRATIONS


The annual Classic Malts™ Cruise attracts sailors from around the world to the famous scenery and distilleries of Scotland's West Coast. From Oban to Talisker, and back south to Lagavulin, the sheltered sites of the distilleries remain a welcoming haven and places of great hospitality for sailors.

Where and When
Start Date: Saturday, July 11, 2009
End Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009
Address: Oban, Skye and Islay
Local Authority Area: Highland
Region: Highlands and Islands

Contact Details
Official Event Website:
http://www.worldcruising.com/classicmaltscruise

Saturday, 4 July 2009

ALVA GAMES CLACKMANNANSHIRE.



The Famous Alva Games.


The Famous Alva Games, the last surviving games and sports in Clackmannanshire, is proud to support Homecoming. Attracting visitors from all over the globe, the games consist of the traditional events including cycling, highland dancing, heavy weight events and the crowning glory - four hill races run over Torry.

Where and When

Start Date: Saturday, July 11, 2009
End Date: Saturday, July 11, 2009
Address: Johnstone Park, Alva
Local Authority Area: Clackmannanshire
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.alvagames.co.uk

T IN THE PARK - TAYSIDE



T IN THE PARK - TAYSIDE


Scotland's biggest music festival hosts a spectacularly eclectic bill of over 180 home-grown and international artists who play over 12 stages. Add in 80,000 of the best music fans in the world, four days of entertainment, gastronomic delights and you have the ingredients for a very special Homecoming event indeed.

Where and When

Start Date: Friday, July 10, 2009
End Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009
Address: Balado Airstrip
Local Authority Area: Perth and Kinross
Region: Tayside

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.tinthepark.com
Phone: 08444 999990

SCOTTISH OPEN GOLF.



SCOTTISH OPEN GOLF.



The Barclays Scottish Open

For a week in July the eyes of the golfing world focus on one of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet. Come and witness the world's greatest golfers in breathtaking competition on the majestic Loch Lomond course.

Where and When

Start Date: Thursday, July 09, 2009
End Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009
Address: Loch Lomond
Local Authority Area: West Dunbartonshire
Region: West Central Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.barclaysscottishopen.co.uk

I KENT HIS FAITHER.



'I KENT HIS FAITHER'


: Musselburgh's People Past and Present

'I kent his faither' celebrates the contribution that Musselburgh's people have made to major events through the ages. With over two thousand years of history, from the Romans to the present day, Musselburgh's Homecoming Scotland 2009 story is of golf, historic national figures, industrial developments, world-wide links and much more.

Where and When

Start Date: Monday, July 06, 2009
End Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009
Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm
Address: The Old Town Hall, Musselburgh
Postcode: EH21 7BZ
Local Authority Area: East Lothian
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.musselburghmuseum.org.uk
Phone: 0131 665 6642

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Cupar Highland Games



Cupar Highland Games

Cupar Highland Games provides an afternoon of 'Scottish' entertainment for Homecoming year. Enjoy a great day out in this picturesque town on the East Coast of Scotland with pipe bands, Highland Dancing, heavyweight competitions, track & field events and much more.



Where and When

Start Date: Sunday, July 05, 2009
End Date: Sunday, July 05, 2009
Address: Duffus Park, Cupar
Postcode: KY15 4HY
Local Authority Area: Fife
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.cuparhighlandgames.org

The Scottish Game Fair



The Scottish Game Fair

The Scottish Game Fair held in the spectacular grounds of Scone Palace provides a wide range of entertainment for all the family during Homecoming year. Soak up the lively and friendly atmosphere, hunt for bargains, learn more about the Scottish countryside and see a huge variety of displays, competitions and demonstrations.



Where and When

Start Date: Friday, July 03, 2009
End Date: Sunday, July 05, 2009
Address: Scone Palace, Perth
Postcode: PH2 6BD
Local Authority Area: Perth and Kinross
Region: Tayside

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.scottishgamefair.com
Phone: 01828 650639

PORTSOY BOAT FESTIVAL



The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Normally spread over two days the Portsoy boat festival has been extended to four days this year to celebrate the Homecoming Scotland year.
The cost per person this year has been reported as being eight (£8) pounds per person per day. For this you will see how the people of the North East now live including visitor crafts from overseas and at home.
There was one year which crafts of one lady making clothing out of dog hair, the lady had been especially brought in from Scandanavia.
Maritime plays an important role in the Scottish North East and it always shows at the Portsoy Boat Festival, and for those visiting for the first time, it will be like stepping back in time as the streets and hills in the Town heading for the Old Portsoy Harbour are as near original as possible.
Portsoy, where the celebrations are held welcome visitors in their thousands each and every year with specially designated car parks and directional signs everywhere.
The normal Portsoy boat festival usually ends with a Boat Festival dance, traditional music and the international flavour makes the Portsoy Boat Festival very popular with visitors.

Where and When

Start Date: Thursday, July 02, 2009
End Date: Sunday, July 05, 2009
Address: Various venues throughout Portsoy
Postcode: AB45 2QD
Local Authority Area: Aberdeenshire
Region: Grampian

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.scottishtraditionalboatfestival.co.uk
Email: contact@scottishtraditionalboatfestival.co.uk
Phone: 01261 842951

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND EVENTS UPDATED FOR JULY 2009.



HOMECOMING SCOTLAND EVENTS UPDATED FOR JULY 2009.

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND CELEBRATES THE SCOTTISH PERTHSHIRE HILL RALLY

Homecoming Scotland month of July is amazing with special Homecoming Events all over Scotland.
July kicks off with;
Scottish Perthshire Hill Rally - this is the 15th Year of the U.K.'s now premier Cross Country vehicle rally.
Venue;
Where and When
Start Date: Friday, July 10, 2009
End Date: Saturday, July 11, 2009
Address: Across Perth
Local Authority Area: Perth and Kinross
Region: TaysideInformation website;
http://www.scottishhillrally.co.uk
FREE!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY - HOMECOMING SCOTLAND 2009.



DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY - HOMECOMING SCOTLAND 2009.

Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society celebrate Homecoming Scotland with their "Dumfries Family History Homecoming Fair".
The Dumfries and Galloway Family History Homecoming Fair is on June 27th 2009.
Venue;
Dumfries Academy, Dumfries
Telephone;
01387 248093
Website address;
www.dgfhs.org.uk
Please note this venue is FREE

FIND SCOTTISH FAMILY EMIGRATION ROOTS.



FIND SCOTTISH FAMILY EMIGRATION ROOTS.

National Library of Scotland invite you to experience how Scots have influenced and shaped new communities after emigrating from their homeland to try and find a better life. Some of these communities today retain that strong Scottish influence and identity.
Search through the archives of the National Library of Scotland for direction to relatives and friends and how and why Scotland always calls you back again.
Discover why Scottish roots are all over the world.
The Scottish Emigration Experience is in the year of Homecoming Scotland from;
June 26th - Oct 11th - 2009
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Telephone;
0131 623 3700
Home page is;
http://www.nls.uk
Direct study pages;
http://discover.nls.uk/default.ashx?q=the+scottish+emigration+experience

Monday, 22 June 2009

Royal Highland Show



Royal Highland Show

One of the UK's iconic Agricultural Shows,The Royal Highland Show is a 4 day festival attracting over 155,000 visitors. Located to the West of Edinburgh the 2009 event will encourage Diaspora Scots to re-connect with their rural past at Scotland's largest outdoor event.

Where and When

Start Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009
End Date: Sunday, June 28, 2009
Address: Ingliston, Edinburgh
Postcode: EH28 8NB
Local Authority Area: Edinburgh City
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.royalhighlandshow.org
Phone: 0131 335 6200

Saturday, 6 June 2009

MY BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND.


MY BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND.



MY BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND is uploaded especially for those web visitors who wish a little glimpse of home & ancestral belonging.
The video carries the song, "My Beautiful Scotland", and they go together well.
If you like the sample music which has been especially recorded for the Homecoming Scotland year you can purchase the whole "Coming Home To Scotland" CD by going;
HERE!
The short video is a truly Scottish production; Filmed by, Dave Cowie, George Betty, Stewart Lawson and Pat Menmuir. Edited by Bill Smollett.
Members of the Perth Camcorder Club.
Musical Director and Vocals; Jimmy Cassidy.
Video provided by G. Mackmusic Perth.
To James in Canada, thanks to G.Mack your wish has been granted - a little bit of home on video.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

OIL WEEK ABERDEEN 8th - 11th SEPTEMBER 2009. OFFSHORE EUROPE ACCOMMODATION?



OIL WEEK ABERDEEN 8th - 11th SEPTEMBER 2009. OFFSHORE EUROPE ACCOMMODATION?

Offshore Europe accommodation for the above dates are reported to be running low. Visitors to Aberdeen during this time are advised to book now to be sure of securing placement for the event.
Oil week Aberdeen/Offshore Europe accommodation runs every two years around the same time and each time accommodation runs out very fast. By the time the next "Oil Week", year comes round (ie; 2011) there will be two more hotels built in Aberdeen city.
Those who find getting placement difficult may be guided by this years event by phoning the VisitScotland Aberdeen Information Centre on; Tel; 01224 288828
Overseas visitor, please add your own countries prefix before this number.

Monday, 1 June 2009

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EDINBURGH.




INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EDINBURGH.

Click to hear music file - sung by Jimmy Cassidy & written by George Mack.

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EDINBURGH is a well known cultural event and magnet and is an important contribution to the Homecoming Scotland year.
It delivers some of the best new films from across the world.
The international film festival celebrates the cinema and provides a stepping stone for budding film stars and film directors which atracts many well known familier
faces of the entertainment world.
See and be seen at the "Edinburgh International Film Festival".
For detailed and comprehensive information;
www.edfilmfest.org.uk
Information telephone number;
0131 228 4051

The Crossing.



The Crossing.

A Celebration of the Caledonian Canal to mark the Caledonian's historic innovative engineering, its contribution to Scottish history and its place in the story of the Scottish Enlightenment. A flotilla travels the entire length of the canal from Fort William to Inverness, highlighting the drama of canal navigation and the many influences on Highland life, through song, musical interludes, story telling and dance.

Where and When

Start Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
End Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009
Address: Caledonian Canal
Local Authority Area: Highland
Region: Highlands and Islands

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.thecrossing2009.com

Shotts Highland Games.



Shotts Highland Games.

Join us to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of these world famous Highland Games. Commencing with the Chieftain's Parade, the Games will showcase Scottish culture through exciting events including Highland Dancing and Pipe Band competitions, Tossing the Caber, Wellie Throwing, Tug of War, and the Haggis Pass, culminating with the March Past of the Bands.

Where and When

Start Date: Saturday, June 06, 2009
End Date: Saturday, June 06, 2009
Address: Shotts, North Lanarkshire
Local Authority Area: North Lanarkshire
Region: West Central Scotland

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
http://www.shottshighlandgames.org.uk

Information courtesy of;
http://www.homecomingscotland.com

Sunday, 31 May 2009

RETURN TO THE RIDINGS.



RETURN TO THE RIDINGS.


The "Return to the Ridings" is a celebration of the riding of the boundaries that has taken place for centuries, in total 11 towns in the Scottish Borders use horses for the traditional ride out and the festivals that surround these ride outs are also steeped in tradition and a celebration of borders history.

Dates for Common Ridings and Festivals 2009

1-6 June Hawick Common Riding
5-13th June West Linton Whipman
8-13 June Selkirk Common Riding
14-20 June Peebles Beltane
14-20 June Melrose Festival
19-28 June Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering
27 June - 10th July Jethart Callants Festival
5-11 July Duns Summer Festival
13-18 July Kelso Civic Week
26 Jul-1 Aug Lauder Common Riding
2-8 August Coldstream Civic Week
Common Ridings can be traced back to the 13th and 14th centuries when the border lands were in constant upheaval during the long wars with England and because of the tribal custom of plunder and cattle thieving, known as reiving (the ancient word for robbing) that was commonplace amongst the major Borders families.
In such lawless times, townspeople would ride their boundaries, or 'marches', to protect their common lands and prevent encroachment by neighbouring landlords. Long after they ceased to be essential, the ridings continued in commemoration of local legend, history and tradition.
Please be sure to check out their excellent homepage for detailed information on';
HAWICK
WEST LINTON
SELKIRK
PEEBLES
MELROSE
GALASHIELS
JEDBURGH
DUNS
KELSO
LAUDER
COLDSTREAM
http://www.returntotheridings.co.uk/
Information telephone number;
01835 825066

MEET YOUR CLACKMANNANSHIRE ANCESTORS.



MEET YOUR CLACKMANNANSHIRE ANCESTORS KICKS OFF HOMECOMING SCOTLAND FOR JUNE 2009 AND CONTINUES UNTIL NOVEMBER 2009.

Meet your Clackmannanshire ancestors kicks off the Homecoming Scotland busy period over summer time.
The weather is excellent so get out there and enjoy yourself, there is lots to do and lots to see, from family orientated full on entertainment to peaceful and relaxed scenic walks in the hills to miles and miles of sandy beaches all around our Scottish coastline.
Dig out your roots in Clackmannanshire and take part in the "Historic Kirkyard Trail", and for more comprehensive information you can visit;
http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/culture/meetyourancestors/
not forgetting their events diary for June;
http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/community/events/

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

ROYAL HIGHLAND CENTRE CELEBRATES GARDENING SCOTLAND 2009.



ROYAL HIGHLAND CENTRE CELEBRATES GARDENING SCOTLAND 2009.

A HOMECOMING SCOTLAND EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED

Venue;
Royal Highland Centre
Ingliston
Edinburgh
Tel; 0131 335 6160 for information

Green fingered gardeners from all points will gather this coming Friday and Saturday the 29th and 30th of May 2009 at the Royal Highland Centre Ingliston near Edinburgh - this annual extravaganza of beautiful flowers and design is a show not to be missed, the show is a great family out-day with lots to see and lots to do. The long range weather forecast is very promising and when you go, don't forget your camera as the possible champion blooms will be well worth recording.
You can get full and comprehensive information at;
http://www.gardeningscotland.com

Thursday, 21 May 2009

TRAQUAIR MEDIEVAL FAYRE - PEEBLESSHIRE.



TRAQUAIR MEDIEVAL FAYRE - PEEBLESSHIRE.

Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause. This house is amazingly over 900 years old and steeped in Scottish history and well worth a visit.
This weekend the 23rd - 24th of May 2009 in the year of Homecoming Scotland you can travel back to an age of chivalry, pageantry and romance at the Traquair Medieval Fayre.
Full travel direction details and comprehensive events menu can be found at;
http://www.traquair.co.uk

HEINEKEN CUP 2009 CUP FINAL IN HOMECOMING SCOTLAND YEAR.





HEINEKEN CUP 2009 CUP FINAL IN HOMECOMING SCOTLAND YEAR.


Heineken Cup 2009 will be remembered by Scottish Rugby fans the world over as the year in which Chris Paterson was voted the 2008 - 2009
"Player of the Season" - an honour voted by the Scotland Rugby Club Supporters.
This Saturday the 23rd of May will see the Heineken Cup Final on stage in Edinburgh.
Full and comprehensive information can be found by logging on to;
http://www.scottishrugby.org

MAUCHLINE AYRSHIRE HOLY FAIR 2009.



MAUCHLINE AYRSHIRE HOLY FAIR 2009.

Mauchline Ayrshire 23rd May 2009 once again celebrates their Holy Fair.
Holy Fair was a poem written in Mauchline by Scotland's Son Robert Burns while Burns lived with Jean Armour between 1784 - 1786.
The family orientated Holy Fair will be special in the year of Homecoming Scotland which celebrates the birth of Robert Burns with the 250th anniversary.
Comprehensive details can be found at; http://www.mauchlineburnsclub.com

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND WHISKY MONTH.



HOMECOMING SCOTLAND WHISKY MONTH.


HOMECOMING SCOTLAND WHISKY MONTH officially starts on May the 1st 2009. Although May is officially named during Homecoming Scotland year you can enjoy the different flavours of Whisky from the popular blends, malts and liqueurs at anytime. Many of the hotels and hostelry's in Scotland where you can taste the various tipples from your everyday popular blends to some very rare and unique speciality and commemorative brands.
The Homecoming Scotland Whisky month of May has across Scotland the following important Whisky events;

"Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival" May 1st - 10th
Website information;

spiritofspeyside.com

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"Spirit of The West" May 16th - 17
Website information;
spiritofthewest.co.uk

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"Whisky Galore - A Musical" May 15th - Oct 17
Website information;

pitlochry.org.uk

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"Enthusiasm For Scotch" May (every Friday)
Website information
scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk

Thursday, 23 April 2009

HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - SPOOKY SCOTLAND THEME.




HOMECOMING SCOTLAND - SPOOKY SCOTLAND THEME.

AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN

DUNURE CASTLE
Dunure Castle Near Maybole In the 14th Century, the owner of the castle, Gilbert Kennedy, tortured Allan Stewart in an effort to get him to sign away his land, by roasting him over a huge fire, basting him with oil to prevent him burning. The crackling and roaring of a great fire has been heard in recent years, accompanied by faint, smoke-smothered screams and agonised sighs.