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“Bannockburn” poem by Robert Burns (1759-1796) “Bannockburn” poem by Robert Burns (1759-1796)

2014 is the 700th year of the battle of Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce fought Edward II and won the ...

Tremendous Trees – The Scots Pine Tremendous Trees – The Scots Pine

This is the king of Scottish trees! In 2014 the Scots Pine was declared the national tree of Scotland, and ...

Stone circles and standing stones of Scotland Stone circles and standing stones of Scotland

Long before the first stone circle was built, and the Achara Stone erected near Keil Hill (see The Story of ...

The Caledonian Forest The Caledonian Forest

The earliest reference to woodland in Scotland belongs to the Romans, who wrote of the Caledonia Silva stretching from South ...

The Cairngorms The Cairngorms

The Cairngorms National Park in the middle of the Scottish Highlands is twice the size of the English Lake District. ...

Tremendous trees – The Ash Tremendous trees – The Ash

Welcome back to our occasional series on the native trees of Scotland. Today we explore the Common Ash, a beautiful ...

The Stone of Who? The Stone of Who?

The stone of Destiny, on which the ancient Gaelic kings were crowned, was named ‘Scone’ (pronounced ‘skoon’) after the abbey ...

Gone With the Windmills: the story of South Uist Gone With the Windmills: the story of South Uist

South Uist, land of prehistoric mummies and a thousand years of human occupation, is now part of a triumvirate of ...

Tremendous Trees – The Yew Tremendous Trees – The Yew

Yew is a common name given to any of the collection of various coniferous trees and shrubs in the genus Taxus. Yew ...