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Things to know about Scottish Languages

It’s not just saying – I do. Or – I will love you …till the end of time. In my opinion, getting married is a deep, crucial life change. The point is – have you really found your soulmate just because you know that you should spend some time together. And, it should really last forever, if you ask me. But, please don’t rely on my opinion. Bespoke Scottish WeddingsI am a desperately romantic. That’s why I absolutely love weddings. A friend of mine is getting married soon. On second thoughts, I think she is becoming a little crazy about getting married because she’s so nervous about getting everything just perfect. I can’t tell her the truth – spare your nerves, you’ll definitely going to need them when you have kids. Lol! Anyway, it doesn’t have to be perfect but it should be different in a way. Unique, if possible. That’s why it’s a good idea to hire professional help. A few days ago, I tried to find as many interesting ideas as possible.There were loads of great offers from tropical destinations, underwater weddings, …and there was one particular that sounded like a great idea – Scottish weddings.

According to what I have read about ideas for ‘Scottish’ weddings, it sounds like a true fairytale wedding… perfect for celebrating the first days of your new life.

bespoke scottish weddingsThere are many fabulous historical places such as castles where you can get married in true  royal style. These castles are a great choice if you dream of a romantic wedding with a fine, distinguished dash of the mysterious spirits from past times. It sounds extremely exciting to crown your love at the same place where queens and kings have married in the past. Just like in the novels!

On the other hand, if you are a nature lover and prefer small, private wedding ceremonies, you could choose the outstanding nature of the Highlands. A romantic secluded country mansion surrounded by endless mountains, lochs and a clear blue sky…Endless natural beauty and your endless love can be that unique match.

But, if you dream of a fancy, flashy wedding, you can follow in the footsteps of celebrities and get married at some quaint Scottish village. For instance, you can choose Dornoch where Madonna got married to Guy Ritchie.

Also, there are fantastic whisky distilleries settled in picturesque surroundings where you can celebrate with the finest whisky in the world.

Whether you want to spend your wedding day, honeymoon or celebrate the many years of your love, Scotland sounds like a great idea. Wherever you choose, the most important thing is to have your soulmate beside you. Just learn to say ‘Tha gaol agam ort’ (I love you) – and enjoy the time of your life…

Scottish wedding

Scottish wedding

A few days ago, I went to a birthday party. Somehow we started a conversation about the health benefits of alcoholic drinks and created a top five list. Generally, people have a radical love-hate
attitude when it comes to any kind of alcohol. Detail of inside mash tun while making whiskyInterestingly enough, whisky won the first place. As you can already guess, I was immensely curious about the whole story and started to do some ‘research’ on the subject of whisky. To my surprise, I’ve read some stunning facts about this fabulous drink. It seems that the list of health benefits of whisky are pretty long. This magic potion boosts the immune system, strengthens your heart, fights against cancer, reduces the complications of diabetes, blood clots, has a positive impact on the brain and much more. It is considered to be a very strong antioxidant. Impressive, don’t you think?

Whisky from Islay

On the other hand, what is also impressive about this drink is its rich and adventurous history. The word whisky, owes its name to the Gaelic term ‘uisge beatha’ which means water of life. This powerful water of life was first used as a medicine in the middle ages. It appears you can create a quiz from the numerous whisky facts!

Whiskey Scotland

Though this drink belongs to the whole world, Scotland is its true homeland. The best quality whisky’s are only made in Scotland. There are five types of famous Scottish whisky: Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Grain Scotch Whisky, Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Blended Grain Scotch Whisky and Blended Scotch Whisky. They all have one important rule in common – their production is governed by strict laws. That’s the key of their authenticity.

There are fantastic distilleries in Scotland where you can experience the real and unique taste of whisky. Devoted whisky fans claim you can almost feel the chills down your spine as your palate senses the ultimate pleasure of this powerful and overwhelming taste. These distilleries are much more than just common places where alcohol is made. They are part of Scottish identity, they are national pride and landmarks. When you think of Scotland, you think of the beautiful Highlands, kilt, bagpipes and whisky.

On your way from Inverness to Glasgow, you can enjoy traditional distilleries, all of them big and world recognised names –  Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Talisker, Ben Nevis, Glengoyne are a few of the numerous distilleries in Scotland. The distilleries offer tours and  a chance to taste some of their splendid drink, fantastic scenery, and various legends as an essential part of their rich and long tradition and historical heritage. Whatever whisky trail you choose to follow, the pleasure is inevitable.

Slainte mhath!

 

 

The Scottish Highlands draw the attention of worldwide visitors because of its unique beauty, untamed nature and turbulent history. A powerful place, the Highlands has everything a visitor could want including stunning scenery, fascinating legends, tales of heroism and of course, stories of strange creatures lurking in the lochs and glens. However, the most famous of them all is the legend of the Loch Ness monster – the world famous Nessie.

Loch Ness MonsterAs we know, there are many stories about different monsters from various countries and parts of the world. But, the fact is, most of them belong in the past. The story of Nessie, however, keeps coming to the fore and over and over, this she appears and captures our imagination.

This intriguing ‘monster’ is described as being quite large in size, with a long neck and probably one or m ore humps – in fact, some say that she resembles a long extinct species of dinosaurs. More than that, there are 1082 recorded sightings with the most recent being just last year and the oldest one from 565 AD.

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read this date – 565 AD? That’s almost 1500 years ago and people are still saying that Nessie exists. In my opinion, though, there is something that rings true about this story… There’s a great site – www.lochnesssightings.com , where I’ve found plenty of interesting facts about Loch Ness monster and in my case, until I read them, these were unfamiliar facts – information that you wouldn’t associate with something that most people think is just a myth.

Hugh Gray is the first ever picture of Nessie from 1933Gary Campbell, the Registrar of Sightings at Loch Ness says ‘It’s not just Nessie that fascinates people – did you know that in Scotland alone, there are 23 other lochs (in addition to Loch Ness) where sightings of unknown creatures have been noted …’ Yes, I know that Scotland’s rich in lochs, but as for the monsters, until now I’d really heard just of the Loch Ness monster. Amazing…

It’s also fascinating that 2016 had the highest number of sightings since 2000. And, what’s more important, all of them had photographic evidence. More interestingly, the last two sightings of Nessie happened on 21 August at exactly the same time but 12 miles apart. This could be an evidence of more than one creature living in the loch. So, Nessie is not alone? Again – wow! Somehow to me this is both thrilling and scary at the same time. And more – as well as this photographic evidence, in 2016 research by a local university professor recorded unknown sounds in the mysterious loch. It appears that Nessie is much more than just a legend.

When you read about this monster on the net or any other available resources, it’s interesting that this, or more likely, these creatures, appear suddenly, show themselves, more or less, for a few seconds and then calmly disappear. They have never attacked anyone, it seems they are a bit shy, and they don’t put on a big show. In some cases, they appear when very few people were around and in others, the eyewitnesses spot them somewhere in the distance. On the other hand, some people have observed them close up while they were cruising along the loch – this could be slightly more scary if you ask me.

Urquhart CastleAmazingly then, it seems that 1500 years on from the first sighting, these interesting creatures still live on today. Maybe they admire people the same way people admire them. Who knows what they are … but only time will tell. But, when? Many Loch Ness monster fans feel the intrigue heighten every time someone reports a new sighting of the Nessie or ‘her friends’. Of course we look forward to the day when someone will solve the enigma. But until that happens, we’ll all have to just enjoy new stories and photos that appear every year about this world famous legend.

When you say – Scotland, the first images that come to your mind are – fabulous nature, turbulent but passionate history, magnificent castles, a homeland of golf, kilted Highlanders and plenty of friendly people. In one word, you can explore Scotland in many different ways, from various points of view. All of them give a memorable discovery and experience of this amazing country.

If you’re a nature lover and seek to enjoy fantastic landscapes, just let the stubborn Scottish winds take you through the charms of Scottish nature… Everywhere you go, you’ll be impressed and feel nothing less than respect at the sight of the untamed, towering mountains pebbled with deep lochs and glens, moorland, beautiful coastlines and sandy beaches.

For instance, immerse into the charming Isle of Arran. Known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, this small island is a mirror image of the wonderful Scottish scenery. It’s a great opportunity for trekkers and cyclists to try the exciting paths that twist through the dense forests. The place abounds not only in picturesque sites, Arran offers a wide range of archaeological and historical treasures. Walk around, discover the castles and prehistoric stone circles, let them tell you the stories about past times and people…

You can’t say you’ve seen the best of Scotland, if you haven’t gone to the Highlands – a perfect piece of nature. Words are simply not enough to describe the beauty of the Highlands. You must experience it by yourself. Its steadfast natural features and pleasant people will engrave into your memory for sure.

If you fancy adventures, go to the world famous Loch Ness. The place owes its fame to the mystical monster Nessie. We’ve all heard the story about Nessie, but, you never know, maybe this story is a true one. Go and check! Seriously, it’s worth seeing. You can take an exciting boat ride along the calm loch and drop by its famous neighbour, a center of many ancient legends – the monumental Urquhart Castle.

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When it comes to castles, their fairytale look enchants and draws attention of the worldwide visitors. There are 17 spectacular castles only in Aberdeenshire. You’ll be dazzled at the sight of Crathes Castle, Craigievar Castle and all the fabulous stories and legends about kings and queens you’ll have a chance to unveil there. Ever seen the film ‘Brave Heart’? Whether you’re a fan or a ‘hater’ of this film, you should visit Stirling Castle. Situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Stirling played a significant role in Scottish history. It is known for the fabled Battle of Stirling, where a legendary hero William Wallace( the blue eyed Mel Gibson) won a victory for Scottish independence.

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Did you know that Scotland is the birthplace of golf? This is probably the most interesting Scottish invention and is nowadays one of the world’s most popular and distinguished sports. Scotland can boast with many high ranked golf courses. Among them, St Andrews Golf Course, Castle Stuart and the Turnberry stand out as the most spellbinding and absolutely must-play golf courses. If you have a strong desire to meet some famous people, you are most likely to meet them here!

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As a devoted and passionate poetry lover, I can’t help but mention one of my favourite poets – Robert Burns. If you want to understand and grasp the true spirit and character of Scotland, you must read a few masterpieces of this country’s most famous son. It’s a great idea to follow the Robert Burns Heritage Trail to learn about his life but also explore some of the most stunning parts of Scotland.

I’ll finish in Robert Burns’ style:

Farewell to the Highlands,
Farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour,
The country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

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