Tag: history

  • The Museum of Lead Mining

    Located in Dumfries and Galloway, the fascinating Museum of Lead Mining invites visitors to explore an old lead mine whilst gaining insight into the industry as well as the village of Wanlockhead in which it is situated. This is a truly remarkable adventure back in time, which is both educational and entertaining.

  • Highland Folk Museum

    A trip to the Highland Folk Museum is a treat for any family. It is a picturesque place where visitors are encouraged to interact with their environment to the greatest degree possible and older ones are encouraged to look to the past with admiration for those who came before us and who solved their problems with the simplest and most effective methods possible. The museum is situated within ...

  • Grampian Transport Museum

    Ever since the invention of the wheel, man has been actively pursuing ways to make transport faster and better. Steam propulsion was abandoned for coal which in turn was abandoned for combustible engines. Early motor vehicles looked like carriages but today most cars offer luxury in sleek, elegant or sporty shapes. Transport has certainly gone from strength to strength and at the Grampian ...

  • Black House Museum

    The Black House Museum provides a fascinating visit for all who want to learn about the way people used to live long ago in the 1800's, in the village of Lewis. The interesting name of the house can be derived from the fact that there are relatively few or no windows in these buildings and the smoke from the fire would give a black color to the inside of the house. The main reason, however, ...

  • Museums

    Amongst the top attractions in any city around the world are its museums. Why is this so? The majority of mankind is inquisitive and what better place to satisfy the thirst for knowledge than by visiting a museum. Museums provide invaluable insight into the past, providing people with a wealth of facts in a few hours. Essentially, a museum is an institution devoted to the collection, ...

  • Denmylne

    Denmylne Castle gets its name in a curious way. The castle stood near an old water mill on land that was granted by the king to the Balfours. Mylne in Gaelic means mill and it is known as King's Mill as the land was forfeited by the early owners, the Earls of Fife to the Crown. The ruins of the castle can be seen southeast of Newburgh in north Fife, opposite the entrance to a large quarry.

  • Brodick

    Off the west coast of Scotland on the Isle of Arran stands a magnificent red sandstone castle, amidst the forests at the foot of Goatfell Mountain. This is Brodick Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton. The name Brodick means 'broad bay' in Norse.

  • Flag

    The national flag of Scotland is the Saltire. It is made up of a great white cross which spans diagonally across the flag on a blue background. This was the supposed shape of the cross that St. Andrew was put to death on and therefore the flag is also known as the 'Cross of St. Andrew'. Interestingly the Saltire, which dates back to the 12th century, is thought to be one of the oldest ...

  • History

    Wars and Rebellions Scotland has been a constituent part of Great Britain since the Act of Union was passed by the legislatures of England and Scotland in 1707. However, the union of these two ancient lands has not always been an easy one, and even after 1707 wars and rebellions by Scots determined to maintain their full independence were not uncommon. Many of these conflicts have been ...