The mystery of Jamie’s ghost…

Samhain The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (summer’s end), celebrating the end of summer and the harvest. It also marked the start of a new Celtic year and the start of winter. Also known as ‘An t-Samhain’, it is believed that ‘Halloween’ comes from a Scots…

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Bonnie Prince Charlie’s last meal at Culloden House and the life of Thomas the Pewterer…

On 14th April 1746, two nights prior to the Battle of Culloden, Bonnie Prince Charlie enjoyed a lavish meal at Culloden House. In attendance were several Lords, Clan Chiefs, French Commanders and Officers of the Irish Picquets. They gathered around the grand dining table, which was covered in fine tableware belonging to Duncan Forbes, 5th…

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Clootie Well, Culloden Woods

In the heart of Culloden Woods, just a short distance from the Battlefield is a walled Clootie Well known as St Mary’s well. It sits on the Culloden Battlefield Trail. Traditionally, a piece of cloth is dipped in the water of the holy well, then tied to a branch while a prayer is said to the spirit of the well….

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Portsoy…

The beautiful town of Portsoy is located on the Moray Firth Coast of North East Scotland between Inverness and Aberdeen. The original name may come from Port Saoithe, meaning ‘saithe harbour’. The Old Harbour dates to the 17th century and is the oldest on the Moray Firth. As a result, it is one of the…

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