Bannockburn House

Bannockburn House is a rather special and historic place. It was built in the late 17th Century, with alterations made in the 19th Century. The original part of the house was completed around 1675 by Sir Hugh Paterson, although it’s thought to be built on an earlier building called Drummonds’ Hall. Sir John Drummond was…

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Loch Ness at dawn…

Join Andy and Di for a 13 minute walk along the shores of Loch Ness at dawn. The peace and tranquility was tangible. The feeling of serenity overwhelming. Listen to the gentle lapping of the peaty Highland Loch, the crunch of the stones underfoot, and the call of the early morning birds… Bliss. Some of…

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We live on Craigh na Dun…

Have you ever wondered whether Craigh na Dun really exists?… Hi there, I’m Di Nicholson. I’ve lived here in Culloden, Scotland, since 1990. I’m passionate about this beautiful part of the world, this incredible country and its history. Something astounding came to my attention a couple of years ago after a visit to Highland Archive…

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The Mystery of Balnain…

Pour yourself a cuppa and make yourself comfortable as we take you on a journey back through time… If you’re an Outlander fan you’ll know that Diana Gabaldon mentions Balnain in her book and it’s also in the TV Series. “Bean Tighearna Bhail’ ‘n Athain” or “The Woman of Balnain” is a Scottish Gaelic song…

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Glen Strathfarrar…

Come and join us for a drive through one of the Highland’s most beautiful glens. The River Farrar runs through this Scottish paradise, which is dotted with pinewood remnants of the ancient ‘Forest of Caledon.’  This magnificent 14 mile glen is spacious and majestic, and it was once Fraser country. During our visit the pink…

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Cameron of Lochiel…

There is no feeling in the world like holding history in your hands. A piece that is centuries old… an item that has been held in the hands of a man well known in history, who bravely led his Clan into battle many times. When my 50th birthday was approaching, my husband asked me what…

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Ladies of Pleasure in 18th Century Edinburgh…

Sex and, to a lesser extent, prostitution feature regularly in Outlander. Diana Gabaldon accurately reflects this side of 18th century society in her plots and her writing. Here, we reflect on some of the research that Diana might have done and the culture of the time that contributed to the storyline. We also uncover a…

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Outlander – The Origins of the Fiery Cross

As Series Five of Outlander unfolds on our TV screens, we wanted to research and share with you what a Fiery Cross actually is/was. Setting the Scene The Fiery Cross book and series five focus on the lead up to the American Revolution, with Jamie ordered to raise a militia and oust the rebellion in…

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